Tuesday, April 17, 2012

If I Can Make Curtains, Anyone Can

Oh yeah, I made some curtains.  All by myself.  And I rocked it.

Well, they really weren't that hard.  But since I believe in self-affirmation, I'll pretend that these took major skill and patience and give myself a pat on the back.

Really though, they were super-simple.

I bought 1 1/2 yards of muslin fabric.   I love the look and feel of muslin, that's why I picked it.  I'm sure there's some rules about what fabric to use for curtains but I gotta go with what I love.  I also bought some drapery lining at 30% off.

I measured the window and then measured the fabric.  The length of the window didn't concern me much, I just bought enough to be more than long enough to fit length-wise... for the width, I divided the window measurement in two and added six.  I hope we all brought our math-hats for class today.

I assume that there is someone out there mentioning that I should be using a fabric measuring tape at this point, but I like to live dangerously.

I then spent eleventy billion hours ironing.  Really, I think I have carpal-tunnel from this part.

See that Ironing Mat? Still awesome.

I started the actual work with just one side.  I folded over the raw edge of the fabric and ironed it. Again.

After that, I folded it over itself and ironed. Again.

I repeated the same thing on the other side, careful to keep the fabric at the needed measurement.

At the top, I did the same thing, but for the second fold, I used a ruler to make the fold four inches.

And then I ironed. AGAIN.

The next step was to add the drapery lining.  I started with one side (after ironing it, seriously could there be any more ironing?) and pinned it in place as I went.

The ironing ended here. Mercifully.

I sewed the edges, leaving the bottom open.  Once I had the three sides sewed (leaving a space at the top for the curtain rod), I hung them up and pinned where to sew the bottom.

And then I sewed.  I love sewing and I'm not ashamed to admit it to you.

Aaaaaaaand... done.  If it hadn't been for all the ironing, this would have taken such little time.  I hung them up and then admired my hard work as my wrist throbbed with 'Ironer's cramp'. I'm sure that's a real thing.

'Why, they're so plain' you say to yourself... and you're right.  So I measured for a tie-back.

I took some fun fabric (that might look familiar from the ironing mat up above) and sewed strips, right side together, for a little color.

I turned them right side out and pinned them up on the curtain... I have to run to the store to get the hooks to hold them back all proper-like.

Look how cute!

'But', you're saying to yourself, 'it still is pretty plain'.  First of all, you are awfully chatty today.  Second of all, I have something else planned for this window... stay tuned!

Thrifty Crafty Girl


  1. I was just thinking yesterday...I cant find any curtains OR pillows I like and I wish I could sew! THank you for sharing. You make it look like it could be a possibility!:)

  2. Job well done. Now that you have such wonderfully made curtains up...how will your neighbors be able to spy on you :)

    amy @ whilewearingheels.blogspot.com

  3. Those look good. I'm a new follower

  4. The curtains look great! I'm about to make curtains. I refuse however, to even get started until we buy a new iron, because ours stinks.

  5. I just wanted you to know that I really enjoy reading your blog! Your quirky sense of humour cracks me up!

    Luckily, my Mom has an ironing problem and will cheerfully iron anything I bring over to her place, even things that I insist don't need ironing. She used to iron *everything* when she was growing up, including bed sheets, table linens, boxer shorts etc. So, now she actually finds ironing relaxing. Stunning, I know.

  6. I love what you did to your curtain, simple yet the tie back gives drama to it and it looked fabulous! Great job!


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