Sewing Curtains

  1. When moving into a house, my first concern is the windows! I want to keep nosy neighbors from peeking in right away. The immediate solution to this problem we solved by simply hanging curtain rods and draping tablecloths over them. However, ultimately, everyone desires a better window fixture solution. Below are a few different things I have done that are easy enough and will save you money on curtains.

REGULAR CURTAINS

  1. The trick to saving money by sewing your own curtains is to purchase fabric on sale! Otherwise, you don’t end up saving any money and only spend lots of time. The yellow and brown leaf curtains below were purchased at JoAnne’s along with the brown leaf fabric toppers. The sheer behind it was also the cheapest sheer they had on sale at the time. However, I did buy out all of the fabric of this kind from two different JoAnne’s. (I had to call around once I found a fabric I liked and was on sale. I needed more fabric than I realized for the side window in the same room.)imag9682
  2. Typically, the rule is to hang curtains from ceiling to the floor, even if the window doesn’t go that far. But sometimes vents get in the way, or you already have a curtain rod hung in a certain spot. However, fabric is usually only sold two yards wide! What if you need longer curtains than that? I bought the brown leaf fabric for this purpose. Most curtains with this design where one foot is a different design, have the bottom foot different. I considered that and eventually decided to do it at the top instead because the brown leaf fabric was a heavier material. (Some might want the heavier material at the bottom because it won’t scrunch as much, but I preferred it at the top.)
  3. Once you have your measurements, simply sew the edges for a nice seamed edge.
  4. In order to connect two fabrics and make a loop for the curtain rod, I simply folded the brown fabric in half and sewed it together. Next I sewed that sewed edge to one edge of my yellow and brown leaf fabric. You’ll notice that of my two yellow and brown leaf curtains, in one the fabric is upside down. You might want to think about that before you sew them. (I didn’t realize until after I was done, and most people don’t notice.)
  5. Curtain rods can be pricy, but electrical conduit is very reasonable! We used this for our curtain rods and I spray painted them brown. While I’ve seen cute tutorials on how to make ends to these types of curtain rods, I did not have as much luck with that and we don’t mind the plain look.
  6. If you have extra fabric, you might want to sew pillow cases or little curtain ties like these here. My extra fabric was all in strips, so I sewed the strips together for one side of the pillow case. I do use the ties to tie up the curtains during the day though. If you’re especially handy, you can sew in some magnets in the ties and make them shorter so the magnets snap together as you bunch your curtains together during the day. (Eventually I plan on doing that.)

 

VALANCES FOR BLINDSimag9679

  1. One of my personal favorite tricks is to buy one of these cheap curtain rods ($1-$5) at a hardware store and put some fabric on it so it looks like a valance over blinds.
  2. For the fabric part, simply get about a yard of fabric (or more depending on the window’s width), and sew it inside out in a loop. You can sew the edges of the fabric before sewing the loop, but you might not need to.
  3. Once you turn it inside out and place it on the curtain rod, just simply tuck inside the excess on the edges.
  4. If you want to add faux curtains on the edges of the blinds (which I have done so people can’t see in through the cracks at the edges of the blinds), simply buy a twin flat sheet (at like Kmart for about $5) and cut it into however many sides you need. I bought one flat sheet and cut it four ways I did not even sew it. Then I simply placed it on top of the blinds underneath its faux valance. If you did this in like a kids’ room, you might want to clip the fabric to the top of the blinds somehow (like with a chip clip).

 

SHEETS FOR CURTAINS

  1. One of my mom’s tricks is to use sheets for things like curtains. For these red curtains, I have done that. Since the two flat sheets I bought (again for around $5 each) already had an edge with a fold, I simply tore through the edges of that to reveal the hole for the curtain rod to go through.
  2. Some people add an extra loop in the sheets so they ruffle at the top above the curtain rod. That’s always an option.
  3. Sheets are usually not very thick, so for outside windows, you may need something thicker as well. We use them more as a sheer and an overall cover since our thicker curtains are in thinner strips.
  4. Again, this is electrical conduit that we used for the curtain rod and spray painted it. (The can was running out for this part of the paint job, but that’s usually covered up so no one notices.)
  5. The orange curtains here I found for around $3 total (6 x 2′ wide curtains) at a Goodwill outlet store. Keep your eyes open if you want to save!
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