I already had curtains in my family room, and there really wasn't anything WRONG with them.
I liked them quite a bit actually. BUT they were dark red. Great for fall and even looked beautiful with all my Christmas decorations this winter, but once spring came I was ready for a change. What I really wanted was something LIGHT! Something to brighten-up my family room. Something the morning sun would shine through just a bit. However, I couldn't justify spending a lot of money (or time for that matter) on curtains I didn't really need.
Then I had this idea...
Use inexpensive SHEETS to make CURTAINS.
Easy on the budget- I found flat twin sheets for just $5 each. ($10 total for this project.)
Fast!!!- All the ends are already hemmed. All I had to do was sew a casing for the rod.)
Size- When I've made curtains in the past I've often been frustrated trying to find fabric I like that is wide enough to create a curtain panel for a large window. Sheets are nice and wide and for different widths buy different size sheets.
Measure the length you need your curtains to be. Add 2 1/2 inches to make your casing.
(You may need to add more if you have a thicker rod.)
Cut your sheet. Make sure you cut off the bottom of the
sheet, not the top that has the nice wide hemmed edge.
Fold the cut edge of the sheet over 1/2 inch (towards the back) and iron.
Now fold the same edge over 2 inches and iron. Sew along the edge to make a casing.
Slide the curtain rod through the casing and hang-up your new curtains!
See how the wide hemmed edge makes a perfect hem for the bottom of your curtains...
and you didn't even have to sew it!
This really was sooo. fast. Easily less than an hour start to finish! Yeah!
I chose to make my curtains with a simple casing on top, but with a little more time you could add tabs instead or with a little more money add grommets.
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