Sunday, January 15, 2012
Curtains on a dime tutorial
I'm in the process of renovating the girls' room and window coverings, as always, had me stumped. I couldn't find any curtains that I loved and I definitely didn't want to spend $20 a panel for four windows for any of the curtains that I liked. In talking this over with my friend Lee, she suggested that I make curtains from a flat sheet. So, I went to Wal-mart and found that they had flat sheets for $5. I had fabric in my stash at home for the ruffle, which made my window treatments only $10. I will be adding a valance in a few weeks to dress them up a bit.
For this project you'll need:
Fabric for the ruffle
A sewing machine
Set your sewing machine to the longest length stitch possible (if you're up for it, you can also adjust your tension on your machine to help gather the ruffle, refer to your owners manual for the correct setting) and using a straight stitch, sew the length of the ruffle close to the edge that will be attached to the curtain. It may start to gather as you sew, this is ok.
Once finished, hold one piece of thread in your hand and slowly start moving the fabric down the thread to gather the ruffle. Gather it as much as possible, its easier to spread it out than to gather it more once you start pinning it to the sheet.
To make the rod pocket, fold over the top of the sheet to the desired pocket size and straight stitch down the length of the sheet.
There you have it... $5 curtains that take about 2 hours to sew...totally worth it!