Using bed skirts to make window treatments

Sandra Hall
by Sandra Hall
I have queen sized gathered dust ruffles and would like to make window toppers. I cannot figure out how to sew the tops to put them on a rod. Seems so much material to waste. Thanks
  5 answers
  • Jenifermacfarland Jenifermacfarland on Jan 10, 2015
    @Sandra Hall Dust ruffles are usually 14" deep, while window toppers (valances) are usually 18" deep. Why not attach two lengths together to make a layered look 18" deep?
  • Marsha Schwarz Marsha Schwarz on Jan 11, 2015
    Sew a row of muslin or coordinating inexpensive fabric to the top/back for the rod pocket.
  • Fossilsue Fossilsue on Jan 11, 2015
    Hi, This won't help with the curtains but I used my Queen size dust ruffle as a canopy over my bed. It matched the duvet. My ceiling is white so the most of the ruffle doesn't show only the side fabric that hangs down. The top edge without the fabric was put on the ceiling at the top of the bed.We stapled it to the ceiling and it looked great. When we took it down it was no problem to do.
  • Judy Mccombs Judy Mccombs on Jan 11, 2015
    add some coordinating trim to the bottom to make the width 18 inches
  • Belinda Todd Belinda Todd on Jan 11, 2015
    You could cut the ruffle completely off of the flat part which will release all of the gathers. Turn the unfinished over to sew a casing in whatever width you need for the rod you will be using.