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Make Ombre Ruffled Curtains Using Bed Sheets

These full, ruffled curtains are fit for a princess. This DIY sewing project is made simpler with a few tricks involving an iron, but will leave people thinking you're a master seamstress.

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Pin and Sew Ruffles

Start at top of one panel (side with the raw edge) and line up top (raw edge) of one piece of the lightest shade of fabric. Pinch fabric into ruffles that are evenly spaced over the width of the panel and pin into place. Sew along pin line, removing pins along the way. Repeat this process with second piece of the lightest shade. Use ironed crease as a straight line to follow when gathering and pinning ruffle and always pin and sew raw edge of fabric piece to panel. Sew along pin line and remove pins. Repeat with remaining fabric pieces working from light to dark.

Pin and Sew Binding

Fold double-fold binding over raw edges at top of curtain panel. Fold ends over and pin into place. Sew along bottom edge of binding to secure to ruffled curtain panel. Repeat with other panel. Trim all threads. Hang curtain using rings clipped to binding trim. Tip: For larger windows, use full-, queen- or king-sized sheets and adjust amount of fabric needed for ruffles.

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