Make Ruffled Streamers for your Baby Shower Decor

grey and pink crepe ruffles

Are you looking for something to help dress up your baby shower decor? With a little creativity, you can transform traditional crepe paper streamers into a beautiful backdrop, focal point or entrance for your baby shower.

I love the cascading whimsy the ruffled streamers create. It is almost magical how they can transform a room or space for a party. All you need to make them is a few rolls of crepe paper, a sewing machine and a little bit of your time. Put on a favorite movie and they will be done in a snap. :)

backdrop of ruffled crepe paper streamers

Your guests will think they took forever to make. We will let them think that. But the secret is... ANYONE can make them. If you can push down a sewing pedal, you can make crepe streamers.

For my baby shower decor project, I made 2 sets of backdrops for tables. To give you an idea of how much you will need...I used 4 rolls to create a backdrop for 1 table. It made 18 double ruffled streamers. The best part?! It cost me $4 to make a backdrop. You heard me right. 4 whole dollars! I already had the thread so the cost was just for the streamers. It is a perfect decoration if you are on a budget and you want something easy and beautiful. Ready to Start?

You will need:

4 rolls of crepe paper
A sewing machine
A small wooden dowel or long pencil

Setting up your machine:

Let's start by getting your machine ready. We are going to set up your machine so it creates the lovely ruffles for you. You can hand ruffle them if you want, but seriously, there will be A LOT of ruffles, so making your machine do all the work will make it a lot easier on you. :)

Set the stitch length at its max. All sewing machines are a little different. But basically, you need to locate the stitch length on your machine and set it as high as it will go. I set mine at a 5. This is what it looks like on my machine.

settings on the sewing machine showing stitch length

Next we need to turn the resistance up all the way. On my machine, the knob is on the top. I set mine at a 10.

settings on the sewing machine showing resistance

The combination of both the long stitch length and the resistance will create ruffles. I love watching it as it goes through. Just like magic!

Prepping the crepe:

You will be pulling crepe paper from 2 rolls to make the ruffled streamers. It has a tendency to easy twist up and roll as it is pulled. To make things faster and so you don't have to stop to fix it, I am going to show you a neat little trick. If you thread a small wooden dowel through the center of both rolls of crepe, you can place it on your legs while you are sewing.

wooden dowel threaded on crepe paper rolls sitting on legs

The dowel will hold them it place so they can freely spin without twisting and rolling up. Neat, huh! Trust me, it is a time saver. ;)

Sewing The Ruffled Streamers:

Line up the ends of both crepe paper so that the slightly overlap in the center. Place it under the pressure foot of your sewing machine and sew. Keep sewing until you get to the end of both rolls of crepe paper. As you sew along, make sure to keep the crepe paper overlapped so it is sewed evenly. That's it! If your stitches are not straight all the time, don't worry. That is the beauty of crepe streamers, the ruffles will hide any imperfections you make while sewing.

crepe paper going through sewing machine to create ruffles

Tip: As I was sewing, I lightly held onto the thread as it was going into the machine. It added a little more resistance, causing the ruffles to be a little more defined. Play around with it and find the perfect look you like.

adding resistance to thread as it goes into the machine

Some more specifics on the table backdrop I did for my baby shower decor... I made 18 ruffled streamers using 4 rolls of crepe paper. The streamers were 76 long for a six foot table. That is based on an eight foot ceiling and the crepe going just below the edge of the top of the table. You can adjust the figures to fit your location and if you are going to have it draping on its own or behind a table. A nifty tip, when you cut the streamers and have the length you want, put a small piece of table at the end of the thread so it stays in place and does not unravel. :)

In the picture below, I actually hung a clean white bed sheet behind the crepe streamers to block out the street outside. It helped create the look I wanted, and the light filtering in looked really nice.

pink and grey ruffled crepe paper streamers
ruffled crepe paper streamers

Crepe comes in a rainbow of colors, so the possibilities are endless to mix and match colors to get the look you want. When I started this backdrop, I had a roll of pretty grey and rose pink in my stash that I was using. I loved the color combination. When I finished the roll and went into town, I found that none of my local stores carried either color. :( So I blended in a lighter pink to finish the backdrop. If you want to use special colors and have time before the baby shower, make sure to order it online to get what you want with time to spare so you can use it for your baby shower decor.

pink and grey ruffled crepe paper streamers

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. We would love to see pictures of your baby shower decor! You can share them with us here.

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