Adding a Ruffle to Drapes

I have been putting off this project due to the sewing involved.

Let’s just say I don’t possess much patience when it comes to sewing.

It took me about a year to find the fabric I wanted after finding the drapes in a magazine.


I finally decided to get down to business and do it.

I took a plain white table cloth from Walmart, cut it in half and added the ruffle.  {I scoured the Internet trying to find a no sew way of making ruffles and didn’t succeed.}  I was grateful to find a good tutorial on YouTube.  The girl in the video teaches 3 ways you can make ruffles.  I chose to sew mine the second way.  It really isn’t difficult, just time consuming.


  1. Make sure the fabric you choose to do the ruffle in is considerably longer than the fabric you are adhering it to.  I learned this the hard way.  I didn’t do that, so I had to add more fabric to the end.
  2. I took a 10″ piece of fabric and folded it so 5″ of fabric is showing.  This way the ruffle has a clean edge to it.
  3. Because my window is so tall, I was working with some very lengthy fabric.  Take time to do the measuring, ironing and cutting one day and the sewing another day.  Unless you have infinite amount of time and no distractions, you won’t be able to do the measuring, cutting, ironing and sewing in one day.  Maybe someone who is more experienced could, but for me…no. 🙁

Here is the deal…now that I have completed one panel {which was a GIGANTIC accomplishment for me}, I’m not sure I just LOVE it. ??

I would like some feedback from you, please.

What do you think?

I was trying to save money by doing it this way, which I know I did, but not sure I want to make more panels if I’m indifferent about it.  Please let me know what you think of it.  You won’t hurt my feelings if you don’t like it.  Thank you for your help.
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  1. I guess I feel the same way, I don’t love it but I don’t hate it either. Maybe sit on it a few days before you decide but I’m thinking if you don’t love it right now then maybe don’t do it. Although maybe you need the other side so you can see a completed look? Just my two cents. Don’t you hate when projects fail or you don’t like them after you put time, effort and money into them?

  2. I would have to say I dont LOVE it. But it isnt bad. Is this in like a living room area? I think that it would look cute just maybe in a different part of the house. I saw some curtains like that I thought would look cute in Trin’s room. But Yeah you for braving the sewing machine!!!!!

  3. Hi Shan, I am so proud of you for even trying such a sewing project. I love your creative ideas and economizing approach to things. It is kind of hard to see the the color of the fabric that you attached the ruffles to. Is it on just one side? I remember that you saw a picture of curtains with that green plaid that you loved and I think that is what you were trying to accomplish. It looks like you did a fine job with your sewing. I kind of agree with the other 2 gals in that the ruffles look might be better in another room. If you aren’t happy with it in a day or 2 then maybe it is a do over. You shouldn’t get too disappointed with yourself. I can’t tell you how many projects I have had to do over or abandon completely. It is part of the ongoing process of your learning experience with different types of projects. Still, I am so impressed that you did this. I know you don’t like to sew but you tackled it anyway. It boils down to whether you like it enough to do more of it. It is a personal choice that you can make. Thank goodness. Love you, Mom

    • Mom, Thank you so much. Yes, this is the fabric I talked to you about. It is just a WHITE table cloth. It is disappointing that it didn’t look as good in my room as it did in my inspiration photo. I guess it’s kind of like a haircut doesn’t always look good on one person as it does on another. 🙂 I am very happy I learned how to make the ruffles. I appreciate your loving words of encouragement. Love you!

  4. Linda from the Edge of Nowhere says

    It looks like you did quality work from here, but a couple things: one of the issues with sewing home dec projects is that you can’t return it if you don’t like it (however you can recycle it into something else). I think the ruffle is too wide. My personal preference is not to see through fabrics hanging on a window, i.e. I can see the hem line. However, that is just me, that happens even when you buy something. Some of your discontent with it may be with your frustration with sewing it. I’m with Ange, wait a couple days and see if your feelings about it change. I have made plenty of projects that didn’t turn out. I usually live with them for a while until I’m motivated to start over or replace it some other way. BTW, I made my current valances in our dining room out of tableclothes from WalMart — it saved $$ and tons of time NOT having to sew a rolled hem. Whatever you decide about it, give yourself a pat on the back!

  5. You’re pretty clever, Shan! I watched the tutorial and I can see way you choice method #2 but I can show you a much easier way for doing a ruffle. Is the ruffle a striped pattern? I can’t really tell. I should bop over and see it in person! I love the effect but it seems like the ruffle is a little too wide. If you want to do any revisions let me know and I can help. I’m a great take-it–apart-and-do-over person!


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