So how many of you like buying curtains? I really despise this task because there are just too many design options and lengths, tops and fabrics to choose from, which may be a good thing but it just makes my head spin. Not to mention they can be pretty pricey. This frugal girl said screw it, I am going to make my own. What was I thinking!
I thought long and hard about what kind of curtains I wanted and it all came back to simple plain colored curtains that are inexpensive. While scouring through pinterest for ideas I found that you can re-purpose canvas drop cloths. You know, the kind that you put on the floor while painting. Yes those drop cloths!! And might I add that they cost around $10 a pack which made 2 panels for 1 window. Let me say that again, 1 window = $10.00 WHAT!!! I found mine at home depot and I got the heavy duty ones.
I first had to wash, dry and iron the drop cloths. Then I folded and cut the panel in half and cut them to my desired length. I like drapes that almost touch the floor so that’s what I went with.
Now, by no means am I a handy seamstress, I like to sew but it kinda makes me say choices words that are not appropriate for young children at times due to my lack of patience for tiny things likes needles and thread. Therefore I chose to try some iron on adhesive tape.
If you haven’t used this before it’s super easy. You lay out your tape on the edge of the seam with the sticky side down leaving enough room to fold over the edge of the fabric to make a nice edge.
Then you iron over the tape for approximately 7 seconds but make sure your iron is NOT on steam.
Then you peel off the white top of the tape after it’s slightly cooled, fold over the fabric on top of the tape and iron again to adhere the tape to the fabric. Voila’.
See how straight and clean this edge looks!!
So now my curtains are finished and I need to hang them. I already had the rods in place from my previous drapes however these new curtains do not have a rod pocket at the top and I wasn’t about to make them. So I bought some curtain rings in the same color as my rods which I got at home depot.
To make the curtains look pretty at the top, I created little pleats by just folding over the fabric and clipping the curtain ring over top of that little pleat to hold it in place. No sewing required!!!!! yahoo.
After they were hung, I was slightly unsure how I felt about the seam in the drop cloth as seen below. However, it grew on me and now I love that little detail. Almost like I tried it! (Make sure when cutting and hemming your curtains that the all the seams are in the same place.)
I couldn’t be happier with the end result and how little effort it took to make these. I made enough for 4 windows and I think they look fabulous. The best part is they only cost me about $40.00 for all of them.
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