How to Sew Curtains

 If you can sew a straight line then you can learn how to sew curtains.  They really are that simple.  I have already showed you how to sew a simple valance and now it is time for some full length drapes.  I am continuing on in the upstairs bathroom and I hope to have a reveal for y’all soon.  For now lets learn how to sew curtains the easy way!
 How to Sew Curtains -- a tutorial for sewing long straight line drapes for your home.

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DIY Tie Dye Curtains

I am working right along in the teen room and next up is our DIY tie dye curtains.  I am actually going to reveal the entire room next week so y’all stay tuned.  The room is going to be really colorful and fun so the curtains needed to reflect that.  We searched Pinterest for inspiration and came up with wanting to tie dye our own curtains.  We settled on a pattern that was a little different however….stripes!  Grab your dye and lets get started.

DIY Tie Dye Curtains -- learn how to make your own striped tie dye curtains in any color of the rainbow.

I used RIT liquid dye for my project in four different colors (as shown below).  My instructions below will all be based on using the liquid dye.  If you choose powder or another method, research on the dye manufacturer’s website to find the best method for using the dye you have purchased.  

 

DIY Tie Dye Curtains -- learn how to make your own striped tie dye curtains in any color of the rainbow.

I used one queen sized sheet for the curtains.  I cut the sheet in half length wise to get two curtains.  I then held it up on the window and approximated a length.  I cut both halves to the same length.  NOTE:  I did not hang my curtain rod until after my curtains were complete to get the exact fit.  I then sewed around the two raw edges I had just created by making cuts including making a rod pocket.  See how Gina folds her hem in twice in this tutorial?  You will want to do that to eliminate raw edges.  Just fold over about 5 inches at the top using that same method and use a portion of my tutorial to see how to sew a rod pocket.  That means when you are cutting your curtain to length you need to take into account all of the extra you will need to make this rod pocket.  Now once the sewing was complete and since I had four dye colors, I divided my curtains into four equal areas and put a rubber band around them to separate the areas.    

DIY Tie Dye Curtains -- learn how to make your own striped tie dye curtains in any color of the rainbow.

I then dyed the areas one at a time.  First I did some research on the RIT website and came up with the following recipe for the dye (WEAR GLOVES WHEN WORKING WITH DYE!!):

  • Add 1/2 cup salt to the bucket.
  • Pour in 1 gallon plus 2 cups of VERY hot water and stir to dissolve salt.
  • Add one drop of liquid dish detergent and stir.
  • Add 1/4 cup dye and stir.
  • Put in your item for 15 minutes.  (In this case, put the item in until you are almost touching the rubber bands and stop.  Make sure the entire dipped area stays under the water.  ONLY put in the area from one rubber band to another.  The remainder of the curtain should stay out of the dye.)
  • Remove after 15 minutes and rinse under cold water until the water runs clear.
  • Allow to dry before moving onto the next color.
You will also see some clothespins in the water below because I was experimenting with some other pieces since I had the dye out.  More on that in another post if things work out.  
It is very critical to allow each section to dry before moving onto another color so the colors will not bleed as badly.  Each section took me 30 – 45 minutes between mixing, dying, and rinsing.  So be prepared to not leave your work.  Overall this is an easy process and I would encourage you NOT to be afraid of dye.  It is a very fun medium to experiment with and the possibilities will blow your mind.  Always wear gloves, old clothes, and use an old bucket.  Be careful where you get the dye as it WILL STAIN.  Oh…and have fun!
DIY Tie Dye Curtains -- learn how to make your own striped tie dye curtains in any color of the rainbow.

Once all four sections were dyed and dried, I removed my rubber bands and allowed the entire piece to fully dry.  The areas between colors are the coolest part in my opinion as some is left white while there are areas where the colors blended as well.  Overall these are the perfect curtains for a teen room.  

DIY Tie Dye Curtains -- learn how to make your own striped tie dye curtains in any color of the rainbow.

I then used the curtains to determine the height of the curtain rod.  I wanted them to barely grace the floor.  We did not go all the way to the ceiling on purpose as we wanted to include the “R” collection above the window.  Y’all stay tuned for the teen room reveal next week.  You don’t want to miss the rest of this room.  In the meantime, enjoy my DIY tie dye curtain tutorial.

DIY Tie Dye Curtains -- learn how to make your own striped tie dye curtains in any color of the rainbow.

 

How to Make Curtains: A super simple straight line sewing tutorial

I thought I would show y’all today a super simple how to make curtains tutorial.  If you can sew a few straight lines you can make a valance that looks just like the one pictured.  This quick and easy tutorial is for the beginner to the more accomplished seamstress that just wants new curtains.  Come see how I make these fully lined curtains for the windows in my bathroom.  

How to Make Curtains:  Try this super simple sewing technique.  Make an entire curtain with only sewing straight lines.  Great tutorial with a video!

Start with a pattern fabric you love and lining fabric in white.  (ALWAYS wash your fabric before beginning any sewing of these curtains!)  I used the width of my fabric as the width of my curtain.  The pattern fabric was not as wide as the white so I cut the white fabric to the same width.  I then needed the height of my curtain.  I wanted the final valance to be about 16 1/2 inches from the very top to the bottom.  In order to do that you cut 16 1/2 inches of your white material and add 2 inches to your pattern material (or 18 1/2 inches in this case).  
NOTE:  What if you need a curtain for a wide window that is wider than your fabric?  You can make a series of these smaller curtains and hang them all on one rod.  In my final picture at the bottom of this post I used two of these smaller curtains on one set of windows.  

 

 

How to Make Curtains:  Try this super simple sewing technique.  Make an entire curtain with only sewing straight lines.  Great tutorial with a video!

Begin with the right sides together and sew across the top and bottom.  Yes you will have those 2 inches of excess pattern material but we will be ironing that in just a second.  Use a 1/4 inch seam allowance when sewing.  What does that mean?  Run your material along the edge of your foot and your needle in the center of the foot.  

How to Make Curtains:  Try this super simple sewing technique.  Make an entire curtain with only sewing straight lines.  Great tutorial with a video!

The ironing is a very important step in any sewing tutorial and especially this one.  You will need to press your bottom seam flat and then pull up into that top seam to get your excess to fold over the top.  I have given you a brief ironing demo in the video below.  Why have the excess?  I have made curtains before and not cut my fabric exactly right or sewn completely straight.  Then you are left with a portion of the liner peeking out on the front of your curtain.  This method is fool proof.  No matter if you make a minor mistake on sewing — this curtain will look great from the front….trust me!

Now that you have ironed along with my demo above you have this excess folded over to the back and a nice crisp folded pressed edge…right?

How to Make Curtains:  Try this super simple sewing technique.  Make an entire curtain with only sewing straight lines.  Great tutorial with a video!
It is time to sew up those sides.  Turn your sides in about 1/2 an inch all along the edge.  Use straight pins to hold in the edge until we sew it closed.  
How to Make Curtains:  Try this super simple sewing technique.  Make an entire curtain with only sewing straight lines.  Great tutorial with a video!

Note how my pins are placed.  This is a fancy trick to make removing your pins easier when you sew so remember to place them horizontally.  Second tip place one pin about 1 inch down from the top and another pin about 2 1/4 inches down from the top.  I will show you what those are for in just a second.  Remember the top is where you folded over all of that excess material when ironing.

How to Make Curtains:  Try this super simple sewing technique.  Make an entire curtain with only sewing straight lines.  Great tutorial with a video!
 
Now begin sewing at the top and stop at the first pin that is 1 inch down from the top.  Start sewing again at that second pin that is 2 1/4 inches from the top.  Why did we just leave a gap in the seam?  That is where our rod pocket will be in just a minute.  Again I am sewing about 1/4 inch from the edge by allowing my material to run along the edge of my machine foot.  
How to Make Curtains:  Try this super simple sewing technique.  Make an entire curtain with only sewing straight lines.  Great tutorial with a video!

After you have finished sewing both sides, go back to that unfinished pocket and open it up.  Sew both sides a bit just to keep it from turning out when you put the finished product on the curtain rod.

How to Make Curtains:  Try this super simple sewing technique.  Make an entire curtain with only sewing straight lines.  Great tutorial with a video!
 
We are now going to finish that rod pocket and I have a super quick and easy trick for you.  Take tape and measure 1 inch from your needle.  Lay your tape down so that the left edge is on that 1 inch mark.  Do the same for a 2 1/4 inch mark.  These will be your guides for sewing your rod pocket.  This is a lifesaver especially when sewing more than one curtain.  
How to Make Curtains:  Try this super simple sewing technique.  Make an entire curtain with only sewing straight lines.  Great tutorial with a video!
 
Run the top edge of your curtain through your machine running that top edge along your 1 inch tape edge.  Then do the same while running the edge along your 2 1/4 inch tape.  You have now made a rod pocket to hang your curtain.  
How to Make Curtains:  Try this super simple sewing technique.  Make an entire curtain with only sewing straight lines.  Great tutorial with a video!

The best part?   You are done with one curtain!  Hang it up and admire your handy work.  Then if you are anything like me….get started on more for even more windows.  Stay tuned as tomorrow I am showing of my entire home in a home tour that you won’t want to miss!  In the meantime get started on some super simple curtains today.

How to Make Curtains:  Try this super simple sewing technique.  Make an entire curtain with only sewing straight lines.  Great tutorial with a video!

 

Doily Curtains

Originally posted on The CSI Project.  Reposted here in case y’all missed it!  I made these Doily Curtains around Christmas and am absolutely in love!  Are you ready to add some doilies to your curtains?

First y’all need to see what I started with.  I have had these blue curtains for over 9 years.  That is tragic all by itself.  I was so sick of blue.  Sick, sick, sick.  But these are really nice curtains.  Lined, insulated.  They are in front of a door and two floor length windows, so lined and insulated is important.  I just did not have the money to buy new curtains for the entire window.  So I covered my curtains…covered them!  Ready to learn how?

I bought 108″ wide muslin in the fabric section.  It was about $30 to buy enough to cover my curtains.  Remember to think of fullness.  So buy about 1 1/2 to 2 times the width you need so you can scrunch it up.  My plan was to make a whole new valance.  That means the top of the curtains will continue to be covered up.  Good news.  I didn’t have to worry about how the top looked.  So I used safety pins to pin the muslin onto my curtains…safety pins!!

See…they are truely just pinned up there.  I held them up and got the curtain the correct length on the hemmed bottom, then scrunched, and pinned.  Right onto the existing blue curtains. 

Then to keep the muslin together with the curtains — I wrapped the muslin around and on the back side I hand stitched up the sides.  It might be hard to tell in this pic but I just ran some thread up the sides with stitches every 3-4 inches.

It already looked better and I was beyond excited at this point….

Next came a new valance.  I spent about $16 on fabric from Joannes for these curtains.  They are just straight…absolutely nothing fancy….

I knew I wanted to add some doilies to the curtains but I really did not know how I wanted them.  I have been collecting doilies of various shapes, sizes, colors, etc for some time.  I picked them up at yard sales and thrift stores.  First I laid them all out on the floor….

I was still unsure.  So I pinned each on to the curtains.  I would pin them, live with them awhile, move them, take them down, pin some new ones back up, etc…

I finally decided that the smaller pieces looked better.  Some of the larger doilies that were not in good shape, I actually cut into smaller pieces.  Once I had a configuration I liked, I left it pinned on a while just to be sure it was “the one”.

I then hand tacked each doily in place.  Right there on the curtain.  How many tacks you need really depends on the size and shape of the doily.  I just kept tacking until the each looked right.  I did this in a series of nightly sewing sessions.  I would do a few doilies each night.  Leaving the rest pinned into place.

This is a picture of my final configuration.  It is simple, elegant, yet rustic — which is just my style.

I love the new look.  For less than $50 — I love the price too.  We have lived with these new curtains since the week after Christmas.  They get opened and closed almost daily.  I have had absolutely no issues with my method of covering the old ones.  This should work for any curtains that are a thorn in your side.

Once my curtains were done, I needed to clean up my view.  Luckily, Fish Foam sent me some product to review.  I never have been good at cleaning windows.  They always have streaks.  I really hate it…really, really hate it.  Little did I know, it was not ME that was the problem.  It was the product I was using.  Fish Foam stays put where you spray it.  It does not leave streaks behind.  In short, I don’t LOVE cleaning windows now but at least when I do them they look good! 

Product was supplied to me by Fish Foam but all opinions are mine.
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Striped Curtains with Decoart

I am about to show y’all a room that has never before been seen on this blog.  The kid’s bathroom has really been the same old, same old for years.  I have decided to give it a little makeover with some new accessories.  First up was curtains.  I may be the only human being you know with 5 windows in her bathroom….FIVE!  One hint:  if you are looking at building a house with five windows in the bathroom…don’t.  It is cold!  I had valances up on those windows.  I have been dreaming of floor length curtains for sometime.  My hope is that they will keep some of that cold air out this winter.  But five windows with floor length curtains is a BUNCH of fabric.  I finally had a brainstorm…sheets.  I had enough white sheets to make curtains for the windows for FREE!  But plain white sheets for curtains??  So I decided to paint on some stripes….

I am going a little bit bold in here.  So I went with a dark charcoal grey on the bottom with a couple of shades of green on the top.  And yes…great big clawfoot tub and 5 huge windows…in a bathroom people…on the second floor!  That view so could have been better used with a different room!  But that is a topic for another time — aka “How I would layout my house in a dream world”.  Now for my before and after….

Oh so lovely!  I literally laid out my stripes with a ruler and paint brush…marking the lines.  They are all different sizes.  I went with 3 inches on the bottom, 4 inches in the middle, and about 2 inches on top.  I used Decoart paint with their fabric medium.
 The fabric medium really made the paint thin and oh so easy to apply to the curtains.  I was going for 6 stripes.  But gosh…after sitting on the floor for 4 to 5 hours doing three on each of the five curtains….I was done!

Partway through I was not entirely sure I liked the look.  Yes after 3 hours on the floor, I was unsure.  Aack!  I decided to finish them all, hang them, and then decide.  Once they were all up there I was smitten!  Hooray for perseverance!
Stay tuned as I have BIG plans for this room!  You won’t want to miss this one.  {Well as long as it turns out as well as it looks in my head.}  The jury is still out on whether or not this is going to make this room any warmer.  But heck, for the cost of a little paint and a little backache, I am willing to chance it!

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How to Paint Chevron Curtains DIY — Beach Bash Day 9

Welcome to day 9 of the Beach Bash!  Our bash goes from June 27 to July 20 with the former contestants of One Month To Win It.  Missed some of the posts??  Click here to read all the Beach Bash posts!!!
Chris with Pickup Some Creativity is next!  She is here with a great tutorial on painting your own chevron pattern curtains!!  Get ready to learn how to paint chevron curtains!! 
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Thanks to Angie for putting together so many fun people and ideas.  I’m excited to contribute.  My name is Chris  and I blog at Pickup Some Creativity.  I am going to show you how to make a simple cafe curtain, perfect for a laundry room…when you are wishing you were at the beach!

This beach-inspired curtain draws on a few different skills, including freezer paper stencils and VERY simple sewing.  Let’s get started.
Grab your materials and gear:
  • Freezer Paper
  • Zigzag design, ruler and exacto knife (There’s a great download for chevron designs HERE.)
  • Craft paint (or fabric paint) and brush
  • 1 yard white cotton fabric (a repurposed sheet is perfect!)
  • White thread
  • Your sewing stuff, including scissors, pins, seam ripper, sewing machine, washable marking pen, iron, etc.
Step one.  Prepare your stencils.

Print off your template, and place under the freezer paper.  Trace your designs, and cut out with an exacto knife.  I made 6 stencils, enough to cover the edge of my curtain.  Set aside for now.
Step two.  Determine the size of curtain that you need.  I measured the width of my window, and multiplied that width by 2.5.  This is the width you will cut of your fabric.  Then, measure the length you’d like to have, and add 4 inches for the rod pocket.  I highly recommend using an old sheet…some of the sewing is already done for you!
Step three.  Cut or rip your fabric to the dimensions you’ve measured.  If you want easy straight edges, make a small cut at the measured mark, and then rip the fabric in two pieces.  You have a bit of fraying, but the rip is true to the weave of the fabric, and you are assured a straight line.
 
Step four.  Hem the edges of your curtain.

For any edges that are unfinished, sew a narrow rolled hem.  I do this by folding the fabric in 1/4″ and ironing it in place.  Repeat, so that the unfinished edge is tucked in, and then sew 1/8″ from the edge.
Step five.  Create the rod pocket.  From the top of your curtain,  fold down 4″.
Press into place, and then topstitch this fold down, 1/8″ from the edge.
To make the actual pocket for the curtain rod, take your ruler and measure 1.5″ from the top.
Now, sew along that line, and you’ll make your rod pocket.
Super simple, and it gives you a fun ruffled effect at the top when you shirr the curtain on the rod.
Now we’re onto stenciling!
Step six.  Apply your stencil.  Determine where you want your design, and iron on the first part of your stencil.  Be sure all the edges are well adhered.
As an optional step, you may want to prepare something to paint on (to protect your work surface), as the color will seep through your fabric.  I used a piece of cardboard covered in a grocery sack.

Mix up your paint colors.  I add fabric medium to regular craft paints, as a personal preference.  You can just use straight craft paint if you wish.  I used a fun sky blue and grassy green…perfect colors for the sea.

Apply your paint with a brush.  Make sure all the crevices are filled.

Repeat with your second color.  When the paint is starting to dry, remove your stencil.  Then, let the paint dry completely.

When the paint is DRY, (trust me, you don’t want to hurry this!) align your next stencil so that the pattern in continued, and press win place.  Repeat until you have completed the design.
Your lovely beach-inspired cafe curtain is complete!  One of my favorite things about mine is how the colors change throughout the day.  In the morning, the paint is opaque.  As the light changes, the design does too.

If you have any questions, pop on over to my blog and I’ll be happy to help.  Thanks for inviting me to contribute, Angie!
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Thanks Chris!!  Can’t wait to break out the freezer paper!!
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Retro Fabric Curtains for a Girl’s Room

Retro fabric
plus $2.25 at the thrift store
equals GORGEOUS girly curtains!!
Check out this retro vintage goodness!!  An awesome mod print that is totally different from anything hanging in her friend’s rooms!
In a few minutes I whipped up this valance.  The pre-teen added some whimsical touches…
And we were done!  This is the same room that has that Rose Petal Chandy in the corner!  And we are collecting “R”s for above the window.  Cute and if you collect them slowly from thrift stores, it is a thrifty way to bring typography to your room!  They are just leaned up on the molding above the window… 
I have a few more small projects to complete in this room.  Definitely not a full room redo…but totally kiddo room FUN!  Stay tuned!
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Farmall Barnwood Sign and Easy Peasy Curtains

More big boy room goodness…first the barnwood sign…
I knew I wanted to do something like this.  And frankly I made this one up as I went along.  Start with a rustic piece of barnwood and red Folk Art paint.  Use a VERY DRY brush technique and put your red on in a thin layer.
You want it to not be covered in all areas.  To look worn and rustic.  So get very small amounts of paint on your brush.  And go back and forth on the board until all the paint is gone. 
I then used my silouette and cut out the farmall logo.  I actually drew the circle and “M” in the software.  There is an “M” tractor and my big boy’s name starts with “M” so it seemed to fit! :)
I cut the stencils from cardstock with the silouette then laid them on the board.  If you let your stencil hang off some…it makes it look more authentic…like it got cut off or something.  Again I used a dry brush and made sure it was not perfect. 
The imperfections and areas where there is very little paint make it look old and worn.
Seriously I love the way this one turned out!  I just used one saw tooth hanger on the back and hung it up!
And seriously the curtains don’t even deserve a post of their own!  It is 3 yards of ticking.  I did not even hem the edges…
I made a rod pocket with two straight lines of sewing.  And turned under the bottom with another straight line.
Seriously that was it!!  And I think they add a great rustic touch to the room.
The perfect thing for my rustic little boy room!
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Starry Nights

Many months ago I found some gorgeous teen bedding at Goodwill.  So the little diva has silky bedding that is themed with blue stars.  I finally got around to the curtains this weekend.  I took two colors of shear fabric.  The blue from a yard sale ($3) and the white from the thrift store ($1). 
(Okay why is it so hard to take a pic looking at a window??  The sun was on the other side of the house…I swear…)
I took a fabric marker and traced large stars in a random pattern on the white piece.  Just a straight stitch at the top of each panel made the rod pocket.
Curtains fit for a diva!
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Yes fabric speaks to me….

I pick up fabric everywhere.  Yard sales, thrift stores, remnant bins.  It calls to me, speaks my name almost.  Then sometimes I pick up a piece out of my pile at home and it dawns on me what to do with it.  Yes it just comes to me like that..weird huh?  Go ahead and say it is weird…you won’t hurt my feelings!  ;) 
A valance was born last Sunday when I should have been cleaning, resting, or just about anything else. 
I staged it on this window for a pic.  This valance is headed to the river cabin! 
Bear with me here…this is super easy.  I had a piece of linen that is off white with little brown “knobby” places.  Yes it spoke.  Valance it said…so I obeyed.  I ripped it to size.  Yes rip…it leaves those shabby edges.
I turned down the top a couple of inches and sewed two straight lines to create a rod pocket.  Then I wanted a ruffle!!  I cut a darker piece of linen into 3 inch strips.  I just sewed them onto the panel using one straight stitch.  I would just fold the fabric every few inches to make that ruffle effect.  That is right, no measuring, no ironing, no pinning, just by eye.
See curtains in a jiffy…no fuss…no muss…a little shabby but a whole lotta cute!
So go ahead and let that fabric speak to you…you never know what it will say…

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