Let’s start off with the fact that I’m not a huge ruffle girl. I signed up for the Think Ruffle hop as a challenge for myself; try to push out of my 2D” comfort zone to ruffle a few feathers.
So what projects are on my to do that I can incorporate ruffles… Bingo: I desperately needed a curtain for one of my bedroom windows.
Backstory: Both of the bedroom windows in my apartment have bright security lights right outside them. Almost a year ago I picked up some room darkening blinds (pricey but totally worth it.) I love sleeping in darkness (oh and sleeping in on weekends!!) The problem is that New England winter cold knows no bounds and there was a draft on the side of the window. I threw a spare quilt on the headboard to keep it off my head but this nonsense had to be stopped.
The quilt on my bed is my Summer Solstice sampler and while I love it I knew I needed curtains that would work with just about any quilt as I plan to rotate when I finish my other bed sized quilt. So I needed something sassy but neutral. I already “re-upholstered” my bed’s foundation with a fun Parisians inspired home decour fabric, so coupon in hand, I ordered a few yards of a another version, this time a bit darker and bolder!
After I had the fabric in hand I was suddenly in ruffle panic mode. I didn’t want to layer the whole thing with ruffles, that’d be just too much volume for me. The bottom was going to have to hang just around the height of my bedside table so no ruffled bottom. Ruffled top? Might overwhelm the print…
The it hit me: ruffles as accents. Let the print be bold, let the statement be strong and let there be ruffles!
For the panels, I measured and cut the length I wanted plus hem allowances, I have a 1/2″ hem at the top of the panels and a 4″ hem across the bottom. Instead of having to hem the sides I sewed the panels into two tubes. This also added some volume to block out the drafts so that worked well.
I did some quick measurements and then created some pleats up top, I know they’re not ruffles but they’re kind of the cousin right, same 3D family.
I then brought in the legit ruffles. Cutting some linen I had in my stash on the bias I ruffled a 2 1/2″ strip by basting down the middle and gathering. I stitched that onto a simple 3 1/5″ tieback in black home decor fabric.
- Cut 2″ lightweight craft wood to overhang the window by 8″
- Cover the wooden strip with fabric to give it a lightly upholstered look (could use padding but I opted for flat)
- Mount panels to either end of the wood strip using upholstery tacks
- Mount L braces to the back of the wood strip
- Slide L brace between the top of the blinds and the ceiling (or top of window frame)
More foreshadowing but those last two steps were WAY better than hoping the 3M sticky tape lasted all night and again no damage done to the rental property!!!!
You ready to see the full final result? With some of ruffles sassy cousin (pleats) and some ruffled tiebacks I present my boho Parisian curtains:
I just LOVE the way this window has changed the whole room and how warm my head is! I even grabbed an old gathered comforter I’ll be bringing back out of retirement come spring and these curtains look so charming with it!!!
Hope you enjoyed my ruffles! I know it wasn’t much ruffle but I think it added just enough subtle sass to this project. As a parting gift here’s a photo of one of my first sewing projects in this apartment, a ruffled shower curtain. There’s a funny story behind this one too but I’ve yet to write it down and I’m sure you’ve had enough narrative for now!
Don’t forget to visit the other folks gathered in the blog hop today! Cheer em on and try something outside your comfort zone!
Blog hoppers for March 7th
I’ll leave you with a photo of the awesome pillow featured on my bed, both the pillow and the bedside table are AWESOME Joss & Main finds!