Dust Ruffle = Curtains?

I am going to be a Grandma for the first time soon. To say I’m excited is to put it mildly!

So when my daughter asked me to help her decorate the nursery, of course I jumped at the chance.

The problem?

My son-in-law is a HUGE Florida State fan and he has asked that my grandson’s room be a Seminoles room – decked out in their colors of garnet and gold.

This is where my daughter is a much better wife than me…she said yes.

This has proven to be a huge challenge. There isn’t much baby stuff in garnet and gold! Oh and have I mentioned that the budget is ….CHEAP CHEAP CHEAP? They live in a rental so paining the walls is out of the question.

We worked on the nursery this weekend and I have to tell you..it is starting to come together!

I found this dust ruffle for $1.00 at that Habitat yard sale that I got the ugly lamps.

Now putting the dust ruffle on the bed in the roomΒ that needs a dust ruffle would seem like the easy answer, but my daughter and I didn’t like that…so we made them into curtains!

Here’s how we did it. We had to start with some visualization by hanging the dust ruffle on the widow. The dust ruffle idea actually came after I first hung a dish towel up there for some inspiration. Trust me, this looked much better.

My daughter doesn’t own a sewing machine or even a seam ripper, so we had to get creative!Β First, I simply cut the patterned part of the fabric off the dust ruffle.

Next I ironed the fabric with a heavy starch, and cut it to just beyond width of the windows. My daughter didn’t want the curtains too gathered – this is a boy’s room and she thought the gathered approach looked “girly”. So we kept the curtains pretty straight across.

Since I didn’t have a sewing machine, I simply ironed the “hem” on the side of the curtain and top of the curtain. (The bottom already had a hem since it was the bottom of the dust ruffle.) My daughter had found some curtain rods on clearance at Target, and we bought some cheap rings to hang the curtains. Here’s the finished product!

They were so easy and really have inspired us for the rest of the room…

I will keep you updated as this room evolves…and my son-in-law’s smile gets even bigger…

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54 Responses to Dust Ruffle = Curtains?

  1. I like the way you work inspired house wife! the room is going to be very cute!
    I made curtains from the muslin lining off of an old pair of drapes. I made two window treatments from that fabric. It was too plain for me so I stamped large leaf shapes all over it in two different colors of green! We used them in our bedroom for a while until I changed the color scheme!
    Love your creative make do attitude… that’s the funnest way to decorate isn’t it?

  2. What a great idea for curtains on a budget! I think they turned out great, I love the curtain rod and rings as well!


  3. Tara

    I got a sewing machine for Christmas (courtesy of my mother-in-law) and I plan on making curtains for our nursery. What kind of curtain rings are these? Did you need to make holes in the fabric, or do these just clip to the fabric? Thanks!


    • We bought cheap black curtain rings at Target – found in the same section as curtain rods. Just make sure you buy them big enough to go over your curtain rod. I didn’t make any holes in the fabric – the curtain rings come with clips. I just folded and pressed the fabric down (again no sewing on these) and clipped the fabric to the ring. Doesn’t get any easier than that. Good luck!

  4. Kristen B

    Looks great! I have made curtains from Dust Ruffles for my son’s room as well. Sheets and other bedding are just great options for making inexpensive window treatements. Looking forward to seeing the rest of the room as it evolves!

  5. You’re freakin’ brilliant girl! Great job.

    Tip Junkie

  6. What an awesome idea, love it!

  7. Very nice! We just did this in our daughter’s room. I was already planning to post it later this week. You’ll have to come look at it when I do!
    Ours is from our Winnie the Pooh crib set from K-mart. I ended up cosleeping with her. Everytime, I see the curtain, I think, “Well, at least we didn’t COMPLETELY waste our money!” πŸ™‚
    I do have a sewing machine, so we didn’t do the ring thing. I would love to try that look soon (possibly in my kitchen.)

  8. This looks so cute. You did a great job. I am hosting a blog party…please stop by and join in the fun with this great post. http://www.diybydesign.blogspot.com. Thanks.

  9. Genius idea! Thanks for sharing and the room is already looking great!

  10. That is such a creative idea! I love how it came out – not too girly, a little geometric, just right!
    Congrats on your grandbaby – how exciting!!

  11. Sarah abeachcottage

    wow what a fab job you two did..I love the red with all the white too…it pops!

    thanks for joining Good Life Weds!


  12. I’m so glad you stopped by and joined the party . I love this project. If you haven’t already, please stop back and become a follower. Thanks.

  13. Wow those turned out great!! I would never have thought to use a dust ruffle πŸ™‚

  14. Really cute and they turned out great! I did something similar where I took a bed skirt and used the pieces s part of full length curtains.

  15. Wow! Great job. Love the creativity! πŸ™‚

  16. this is genius, i love it! i did something similar-i used a table runner and clipped it like you did. also from target.

  17. bj

    Are you kidding me? These look AMAZING. I just love the fresh, clean and crisp look they are adding to your sweetie baby’s room. Can’t wait to see what you do next. :))
    In fact, I am going to follow you so I may not miss it all.
    xo bj

  18. bj

    oops, I don’t find a FOLLOW ME link. ??

    • Thanks for pointing that out..we have been making some changes to the site..we will try to get that fixed as soon as possible. In the mean time please feel free to subscribe via email, in a Reader or follow us on facebook. THANKS!

  19. You gave me some ideas!! I have a dust ruffle that doesn’t match our bedroom but it does go with my hubby’s office. I think I maybe making a valance this weekend!

  20. I am totally going to do that tomorrow! We’ve been curtainless in the bedroom for almost 4 years! Thank you! Plus I stink at sewing and don’t have a machine either!

  21. What a great idea! I may end up doing this in our spare bedroom!

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  22. Very clever idea! I love simple and no sew window treatments! Looks awesome!! πŸ™‚ ~Michelle

  23. That’s wonderful! It looks so classy πŸ™‚

  24. Michelle

    What a great idea! I love this! And I just have to say, your daughter and son-in-law make an adorable couple! Congratulations to you all!

  25. Super super idea! And actually, would you believe that I have done the opposite? I made a dust ruffle for my daughter’s crib out of a valance! πŸ™‚
    Thanks for linking this one up too!

  26. looks super! You know I love repurposing things! πŸ˜‰

    I used sheets for my bedroom windows. (made pillows to match)
    thanks for linking up!

  27. congrats on soon becoming a grandma! cute curtains-great idea to use the dust ruffle-would have never thought of that! i’m not sure i’d let me husband pick the color of the baby’s room by the sports team he likes πŸ™‚

  28. What an exiting time!!! Congrats on the grandbaby to be! Thank goodness Florida State’s colors are not bad at all and I think will make a nice nursery. The curtains look great…would never know you didn’t have a sewing machine or that they were out of a dust ruffle!! Can’t wait to see it when it’s complete!

  29. The curtains turned out great! Just came across your blog and I’m a new follower.

  30. What a great idea! They really look cute, they have a great pattern to them. Congrats on being a grandma!

  31. Wow what a great idea, these look awesome! I made curtains out of napkins once, these are a lot cuter! found you at shabby nest following too!

  32. Lydia Plunk

    WOW! What a lucky grandchild to be!

    I am going to get off the computer and get out the sewing machine.

  33. Wow! So clever and cute! And, of course the price is great!! Going to have to remember this idea ~ so cute!!

    The Queen Bees Hive

  34. Ok, I love this for so many reasons but first off because it’s a no-sew project! I’m going to look at all of my old dust ruffles now to see if I can transform them into curtains! Thanks for the idea! Would love to have you show this off at my link party tonight if you get the chance!

  35. DJ

    I just found you going from blog to blog I really need to do one someday.
    This is is my MIL blog I did a valentine tablescape for her and I dressed up the dining room with curtains made from tablecloths that I got on sale after christmas in solid red jacquard for $2.25 each. One is on the table too.
    60×84 inch rectangle as curtain panels- no sew- just iron and pinched onto the curtain rings . More details and pictures on her blog .
    I have lots of dust ruffles that I bought on sale and never used I need to get them out and see what I have
    Thanks for another inspiration

  36. That room is going to be terrific! Good for mom and dad for doing nursery decor that meant something to them.

    I’ve discovered you can make curtains out of anything. Just posted today on my blog about the ones I made from a tablecloth! I love it when I can use things that already have a hem in them.

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  39. that’s exactly what i did in my office! WHOOHOO for no sew curtains! These look FAB! I never thought to use a dust ruffle-amazing idea!

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  41. Those curtains look so polished! I’m very familiar with the concept of working on a small budget, so it’s nice to see options like this! (:

  42. Ginger

    I love the clean look of your window treatments! A good friend of mine has asked me to turn her new dust ruffle into a window valance. She and her new husband are re-doing the master bedroom and she wants them gathered on a rod. I also got tickled because I have 5 sewing machines, and your daughter didn’t have one, but you still made a beautiful room! Thanks for your inspiration.

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