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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

How To Make Custom Curtains

Yesterday I told you how to make your own curtain rods on the cheap, and today we are moving onto curtains! 
  Curtains are so supurbly easy to make. If you can sew a straight stitch on your sewing machine, than you can make curtains. If you don't own a sewing machine than you could sew it by hand, it would just take longer. 
So the first step is to buy your fabric. I recommend using home decor fabric, but you can certainly use whatever fabric you like, including sheets or dropcloths. I'm working on debrowning my living room and this is the fabric I chose to dress up my naked windows.

The first step is to cut your fabric. Measure the length from the top of your curtain rod to the floor and then add 12 inches. My windows measured 92 inches, so I cut the fabric to 104 inches each. 
Then your going to need to iron. First iron the edges of your curtain by folding the blank edge over until you can barely see the print.
Then fold them over one more time and press. This gives your curtains a finished edge.
Next iron the top and bottom by folding it over once and pressing.
Then fold over the top making sure your mindful of the way your pattern runs...you don't end up with upside down curtains! Make it about 3-4 inches wide...I just used my phone to measure.
Then stitch all your edges except the bottom.
Next your going to need to hang the curtains in order to hem them to the correct length.
 I wanted my curtains to look like back tab curtains (which I show you how to make here) without actually having to sew back tabs. So I bought these rings

 and clipped them to the back of the curtain instead if the top, like so...
Once your curtains are hung, fold up the bottoms so that the curtains barely grazes the floor and pin.
Then take it down, hem it, and hang it back up. Done! Cheap and easy custom curtains!

Here is my window before..
and after!


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37 Comments:

At February 1, 2012 at 1:23 PM , Blogger Lisa @ Organized Chaos said...

So cute! I love the pattern you chose too!~ Going to have to try this when we redo our living room this Summer~!
~Lisa

 
At February 1, 2012 at 1:44 PM , Blogger Kate said...

those look great! I love them!

 
At February 1, 2012 at 1:51 PM , Blogger Erika T said...

Beautiful, now all I need to do is learn how to sew! Love those rings, looks pretty simple to use.

 
At February 2, 2012 at 12:43 AM , Anonymous Jade@How to Sew said...

Learning to sew can have a great many benefits. Not only is sewing an old time craft with a rich heritage, but it also has many applications today. Developing a skill for sewing can be helpful in your life, and can provide many benefits. Learning to sew your own clothes can save you money, as well as help you develop a sense of pride and accomplishment.

 
At February 2, 2012 at 10:26 AM , Blogger the cape on the corner said...

looks great! love that you can use any fabric you like when you make your own!

 
At February 2, 2012 at 10:37 AM , Blogger Rachael said...

Great idea with the curtain rings. Love the fabric too.

 
At February 2, 2012 at 3:46 PM , Blogger Rachael S said...

Awesome tutorial thank you for sharing! I love your fabric by the way!

 
At February 2, 2012 at 4:47 PM , Blogger redfly said...

Great tips, thanks!

Melissa
redflycreations.blogspot.com

 
At February 2, 2012 at 6:21 PM , Blogger Amy @ homesweetthriftyhome said...

Hey Ashley! The curtains look great! Do you know about how much this project cost you? I need to hit a fabric sale in the city and get to sewing...have lots of naked windows in this house. :)

 
At February 2, 2012 at 11:37 PM , Blogger Ashley @ Domestic Imperfection said...

Let's see...each window (I only showed one, but I did two) cost about $10 for the DIY rod, $16 for the rings, plus almost six yards of fabric was about $50 (from Fabric.com using coupon codes). If you need to go cheaper you could always sew back tab curtains (no rings) and/or buy cheaper fabric.

You sound like me saying to need to take a trip into the city...let me guess, you live pretty far from things? Me too, hence the online shopping. No way am I loading up two babies and driving 40 minutes each way to go fabric shopping!

 
At February 3, 2012 at 12:30 PM , Anonymous Shiloh said...

I love making curtains. I feel like it's such a simple way to make a big difference. Your curtains look great.:)

 
At February 3, 2012 at 7:14 PM , Blogger Biz said...

These are great!
I need to get my sewing machine serviced so that I can get back to sewing!!!
Biz

 
At February 3, 2012 at 11:52 PM , Blogger Andrea@ourbluefrontdoor said...

Such a great job! Over visiting from Addicted2Decorating and saw your curtains...I'm ready to do mine, but no sewing machine for me. Could you do this with fabric adhesive and leave the sewing out? Great job and thanks for sharing.
I'm a new follower!! If you get a chance come over and visit at http://ourbluefrontdoor.blogspot.com

Blessings,
Andrea

 
At February 4, 2012 at 7:00 AM , Blogger Ashley @ Domestic Imperfection said...

You certainly could! I've never used fabric adhesive strips, but over at Young House Love that's all they use. You should buy a sewing machine eventually though, mine was only 60 bucks and works great :)

Thanks for following along!

 
At February 4, 2012 at 8:40 AM , Blogger The Quilt Ladies said...

I just found you and I'm going to follow ! ! Great post !

 
At February 4, 2012 at 9:45 PM , Blogger A Pretty Life in the Suburbs said...

Very very nice! I think I could do this, and I know just the place for them! Thanks for the inspiration!
Jo-Anna

 
At February 4, 2012 at 11:45 PM , Anonymous Caroline @ Double the Decor said...

So glad I came across this post! I've been wanting to make my own curtains for a while now. Thanks!

 
At February 5, 2012 at 9:00 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK. Nice job, helpful tutorial, it all looks very nice and is a HUGE improvement from the formerly all-brown room. But I had to laugh because your fabric is basically...brown!

 
At February 5, 2012 at 9:33 AM , Blogger Ashley @ Domestic Imperfection said...

Haha, I was wondering if anyone was going to point out that my curtains aren't as brownless as I intended. Don't exaggerate though, they're only partly brown! It seems I just can't help myself :)

 
At February 6, 2012 at 9:31 AM , Blogger Patti said...

These are lovely - love the fabric, too. I am curious - why do you stitch the side edges in the center of the pressed part, rather than close to the folded edge? Won't they eventually curl or roll on you?

 
At February 6, 2012 at 10:03 AM , Blogger Debra from Bungalow said...

I really like how you used the curtain rings, I've made curtains several times but haven't used rings that way before. Great idea!

Come on over and visit me sometime!

 
At February 6, 2012 at 2:47 PM , Blogger Maria Elena said...

Sooo pretty! I love the fabric!

 
At February 6, 2012 at 10:55 PM , Blogger Andrea @ Decorating Cents said...

They frame your window nicely. I like the pattern.

 
At February 7, 2012 at 12:51 PM , Blogger Ashley @ Domestic Imperfection said...

Ummm, that would have made more sense wouldn't it? I really didn't think about it...I hope they don't roll! Thanks for the pointer, I'm learning as I go :)

 
At February 7, 2012 at 3:20 PM , Blogger Rachel said...

I love the fabric you chose. Thanks for the tutorial. I'd love for you to share this at my VERY FIRST link party.
Rachel
http://adventuresofadiymom.blogspot.com/2012/02/terrific-tuesdays-link-party.html

 
At February 7, 2012 at 8:04 PM , Blogger cathhasablog@gmail.com said...

These are gorgeous, and you made it look so simple! I'm currently in the "de-browning" of my dull living room too, I will definitely be using this tutorial. Really enjoying reading your blog and look forward to all your future posts! I am one of your new loyal followers! When you have a chance come on by and check out my blog (and make sure to say hi!). If you like my blog, I would love it if you would follow me back! Cath @ Home is Where my Heart is: http://cathhasablog.blogspot.com/

 
At February 7, 2012 at 8:47 PM , Anonymous Deanna @ Little Green Bow said...

These turned out great! Perfect fabric to help de-brown and liven up the space. Off to check out the cheap curtain rod trick. Cheers!

 
At February 8, 2012 at 5:30 AM , Blogger 4you-withlove said...

I Love how you used your cell phone as a measurement guide! :D

 
At February 8, 2012 at 12:14 PM , Blogger Tisha said...

I adore this fabric, and what a simple tutorial! So smart to use the rings on the back to make a mock back tab. I'd love it if you'd share this at my Show & Tell party, going on now @ the Delectable Home.

 
At February 8, 2012 at 4:14 PM , Blogger Ashley said...

I love that fabric!! Looks great with the wall color. =)
http://thelatestfind.blogspot.com

 
At February 9, 2012 at 3:25 PM , Blogger Kara @ Simplistically Sassy said...

Love this! I'm dying to do different curtains in my kitchen. I may have to use this tutorial. I found your link at Blue Cricket Design. Thanks for linking.

 
At February 9, 2012 at 5:21 PM , Blogger Hani@Craftionary said...

Love the curtain fabric.. :) Thanks for linking at friday fun party

 
At February 12, 2012 at 8:02 PM , Blogger Becolorful said...

Nice tutorial and wow does that look great. Thanks for sharing on Motivated Monday at BeColorful
pam

 
At February 13, 2012 at 10:40 PM , Blogger Alison @ Oopsey Daisy said...

The fabric you chose is so beautiful!! Great tutorial! Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy!

 
At February 14, 2012 at 8:47 AM , Blogger Aimee - ItsOverflowing.com said...

Great tutorial! I LOVE your fabric!!! Thanks for sharing at my party!!! Happy Valentine's Day!!! XO, Aimee

 
At March 13, 2012 at 6:40 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

i just adore your curtain panels!!!!So awesome. Just one question. How wide is each panel? I am sooooo new at all this DIY.Thanks.

 
At March 15, 2012 at 12:30 PM , Blogger Ashley @ Domestic Imperfection said...

Thanks! Home decor fabric is 54 inches wide, so I would say that each one of my panels is about 52 inches.

 

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