How to Make Pleated Curtains in Miniature

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Create the cutest dollhouse around with this "miniature pleated curtains" tutorial. It's as easy as 1-2-3, making it perfect for DIYers of any skill level! Step up your mini-game and add a touch of glamour to your DIY dollhouse with this tutorial, for a look that will have your mini-friends all "oohing" and "ahhing"!


How to make miniature Curtains by PortraitsbyNC




Materials List


You can find Nylon Tulle on Amazon . This fabric has you ruffling with glee! If you can't find the color you need, you can also use markers to customize it. Just don't wash :)




measure window frame for curtains


  • Measure the window frame width depending on where you are going to place the curtain rod. 
  • you will need 2x the window width for the Tulle, since you will be gathering up to create the ruffled look
nylon tulle in white
  • Gathering is usually done with a basting stitch sewn on your machine. A basting stitch is a stitch with the longest stitch length. If you are using a slippery fabric, you can easily sew basting stitches by hand. By using three rows of basting stitches rather than two, the gathers will be more even and controlled.
Coloring Tulle Fabric with Markers
  • If you're feeling particularly creative (or wild!) you can use markers to color and add designs to your Nylon Tulle. Just remember not to wash the fabric after coloring, since the Markers will bleed.
Basting Stitch
  • Once you are finished with your basting stitch gather up your fabric by pulling gently on one end until you reach the desired length
Finished Ruffled Tulle Valance
    • I found that gluing the valance is the easiest way to get it to stay in place. I used Aleene's Tacky Glue
    Making miniature sheer curtains using double sided tape
      • For Sheer curtains measure the width and length of your window opening
      • I doubled the width of the fabric, since I will be gathering it again
      • the length is determined by how far down the curtain should come down
      • this time I used  the width of my double sided tape of .5mm to create the hem for the left, right and bottom
      • the top is hand sewn with a basting stitch and then gathered up again
      • make sure to leave enough room when folding the fabric so that you can thread the bamboo stick through it later on
      • watch the video to see how this is done
    • single fold hem is made by simply folding the fabric back on itself and stitching it in place. We will place the hem on tape rather than sewing.

    gathering fabric on a stick
    • Use a 12" Shish Kabob Bamboo stick as your curtain rod
    • cut it to the desired length of your window width
    • thread it through the gathered side
    • apply a bit of glue to each end to keep the fabric from slipping off the bamboo stick
    • move the curtain folds until everything looks even
    custom made miniature curtains
      And we are done. Mrs. Maisel's Kitchen is starting to come more and more together. I hope that you have enjoyed today's tutorial,. Make sure to subscribe to my newsletter to get notified as soon as new tutorials are posted. 
      window shade
      I also wanted to give a big "Thank You" to Kim Keller who had send me this amazing shade during the "Movie Night" trade event. It fit the window perfectly and I hope she will accept my invitation to share how she made it. 
      I love to hear what you think about this tutorial and learn tips on how you make your curtains, so make sure to leave a comment. 

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