Playroom Curtains from a Crib Ruffle

Disclaimer:  If you sew, or are someone who has a very strong sense of “the way things should be done,” you should probably just click the back button on your internet browser right now because this post is going to make you scream.
If you like the Mad in Crafts Facebook page (And if you don’t… why not?  Was it something I said?), then you have seen the pictures of my son’s new playroom.  Previously, it was our unused dining room, and still has quite a few lingering dining room-type elements.
Like those curtains, for example.  They were nice floor-length sheers which were good for a dining room, but dangerous in a toddler’s playroom.
I knew I wanted to change out the curtains, but I really didn’t think I wanted to spend a bunch of money on new ones and I KNEW I didn’t want to sew any.  Fortunately, I found a brand new Circo crib ruffle at Goodwill for $3, and inspiration hit.  I realized I could do this with it:
Perfection, right?  Bear with me on this. 
 Since a crib ruffle is constructed in such a way that each side of the ruffle hangs independently down the side of the bottom of the crib, it is like each crib ruffle has 4 little valances built right in.  Each one of those 4 sides is already hemmed AND ruffled.  Huzzah!
I have a history of making no-sew curtains, but these valances are even a little more McGyvered than usual.  😛
To make my McGyvered valances, you will need:
a crib ruffle
iron and ironing board
glue gun and glue sticks
the capability to settle for “meh”
First, lay your crib ruffle out on a flat surface and find the two long sides.
Cut from the corner of the dust ruffle in about 4 inches.  Then cut the inside of the crib ruffle (the part that would go under the crib mattress) parallel to the long side of the dust ruffle, turn, and finish the cut at the end of that ruffle. 
You are basically separating the long ruffle from the original piece.  Does that make sense?  If it does, do the same thing to the other long ruffle. If it doesn’t, go buy yourself some valances because I can’t help you.
Seamstresses out there who did not heed my disclaimer should steel their stomachs now.
Iron the packaging creases out of your crib ruffle, and warm up your glue gun! Flip your crib ruffle so the wrong side is up. Working a few inches at a time, run a bead of hot glue along the seam where the ruffle meets the white part and fold it over onto itself.  Continue for the length of the ruffle.
It will look something like this.
You are trying to create a nice, neat line at the top of your valance.  When you turn the ruffle right side out, and fold the back of the valance (what was the under-the-crib part) behind it, you won’t be able to see any of the white anymore.
The next part is hard to explain, because you will need to feel your way through it.  I suggest draping the valance over a curtain rod and letting it hang naturally so you can see where the pleats want to fall.  Then, at regular intervals, plop a dot of glue on the back of the ruffle and pinch the white backing onto the glue.  You are making a “kinda-sorta” pocket for the curtain rod to live in.  You will not be able to run a long bead of glue down the length of the curtain because the ruffles would get ALL messed up.
Here you can see the finished product (along with the ABC/123 Wall Plaques I made).  No, it is not nuclear winter outside my house, I just forgot to close the mini-blinds so the camera exposure is outta whack. 
The top of this valance is a little wonky, but I haven’t decided it if I am okay with that or if it will haunt me till the end of my days.  I do know it is a definite improvement over the crazily draped sheers that were in there before!
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  1. says

    I consider myself a pretty decent seamstress, but I did not heed your warning. I pressed on and read anyway, and I have to say I love the curtains! Nothing wrong with a little McGyverism. My sis always says if she cant glue it she wont do it.

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