I love curtains! They can transform a room by adding texture and color while softening the hard angles of windows. And curtains are the ultimate DIY project because they are fast and simple to make! Best of all, buying fabric and making your own allows you to create a custom look at a much better price than going retail for pre-made curtains.
Oodles of Fabric Options!
There have got to be a least ten billion different fabric options on this planet, but if you aren’t a lucky duck living in Los Angeles or New York with literally blocks and blocks of garment district fabric shops, it can be depressing shopping the limited selection at places like Joann’s. Luckily, we live in the 21st century, which means we can shop online! Two of my absolute favorite online fabric shops are Fabric.com and Tonic Living. You can purchase swatches inexpensively to be sure of your choice, which makes it foolproof ordering fabric online.
I love Fabric.com for their enormous selection and typically lower prices, plus lots of sale and clearance options that are not hideously ugly. Be sure to check out their Deal of the Day. Here are some fabulous fabrics at under $10 per yard that would make smashing curtains.
1. Premier Prints – Sticks, Citrus Yellow $8.98/yard 2. Modern Meadow – Herringbone, Pond $7.82/yard 3. Premier Prints – Aruba, Grey $8.98/yard 4. Michael Miller – Technicolor Leaf, Candy Pink $9.20/yard
Tonic Living tends to be more expensive, but their selection is perfectly curated with vintage inspired prints you often can’t find elsewhere. I would love to make curtains with all of these prints, but I am especially dying to do something with that Dwell Studio print.
1. Robert Allen – Cats Cradle, Sunshine $21.95/yard 2. Chelsea, Kelp $13.95/yard 3. Willow, Storm $11.95/yard 4. Dwell Studio – Futura, Dandelion $20.95/yard
I pretty much obsessed over every possible fabric option 87 times until I finally settled on this beauty, Klee in Jade by Richloom. Turquoise is one of my favorite colors and I loved this bright and graphic print. And at only $6.29 a yard at Fabric.com, I could guiltlessly order the 7 yards needed to create my curtains. This color is sold-out now, but they have the same print in Baltic Blue and Sandstone (a nice neutral).
I’ve sewn my fair share of projects over the years, but somehow have never tackled curtains. I checked out a couple of tutorials online to figure out my approach before diving in. I sort of winged it a little, while studying up on curtain tutorials from Design*Sponge (such a cute fabric choice!), House of Hepworths and my 1961 Better Homes and Gardens Sewing Book.
And then I went to town on these puppies! With only four straight seams to sew on each curtain, I had three of them completed in just one evening. Making your own curtains has to be one of the most efficient DIY projects you can find.
To hang my newly finished curtains, I used simple tension rods that fit inside the window so I could show off the original 1890s moulding. Tension rods are a great solution for this type of window and they can be picked up very inexpensively. Since the tension rod is not on display, like with a regular curtain rod set-up, you don’t need to worry about how pretty the rod is. I picked up tension rods at Lowe’s for about $3.00 each. Since tension rods are not screwed in, just be sure your fabric is not too heavy and you don’t have people yanking on your curtains.
Before and After
I just love the pop of color and pattern added to my otherwise boring windows! The tension rod works even with the blinds in the window. Next I want to make some pretty tie-backs for the curtains!
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