Whether you’re starting with an old set of curtains or starting from scratch, it’s easy to sew curtains for any room of the house on a budget. Use what you have, add unique details, and save time with simple designs. Here’s how:
Sew Curtains on a Budget: Use What You Have
Maybe you have a set of curtains that just aren’t working for you. Perhaps they’re too thin or too short. These are two easily remedied problems that will cost a lot less to fix than to buy a whole new set of curtains. Using bits and pieces of fabric that you have around the house, you can create something that will not only fit your windows but that will be unique as well. To add a little length or create an interesting trim, consider:
- Old baby clothes for kids curtains
- Bits of lace for antique dining or living rooms
- Canvas apple or coffee bags for kitchen curtains
Another option is to make a new set of curtains out of something you have around the house: full to king size sheets, shower curtains, blankets, et cetera. You can even make an interesting patchwork design out of old clothes or mixing and matching old favorite blankets to create a focal point for the room. Make a few throw pillows out of the same fabric pattern, and you can pull the whole room together.
Sew Curtains on a Budget: Save Time
If you are starting with one square or rectangle sheet of fabric, you can save time with this simple pattern.
- Start by cutting the fabric in half, allowing for an extra 4-5 inches on top (depending on the thickness of your curtain rod) and 2 inches on bottom for seams.
- Sew the side and bottom seams by folding the edge under a half inch and then again, either an inch or an inch and a half depending upon the kind of border you are going to add (if any). Iron flat and add a border if you wish.
- Fold over the top edge a half inch, sew into place and iron.
- Fold over the top sewn edge a couple of inches (enough so that your curtain rod will easily fit into the resulting tube), and sew, leaving the sides open.
- Insert your rod, hang and enjoy!
If you’d rather not sew, you can save time by using double-sided seam tape.
Sew Curtains on a Budget: Do It Right the First Time
It’s expensive to waste fabric when you have to fix mistakes. Here are a few tips to help you avoid some costly mistakes when you sew your curtains:
- Before you buy your fabric or the pre-made curtains that you want to fix, buy a swatch and make sure that you have a good color match first.
- Measure your windows and measure the fabric carefully before you buy yardage or cut anything.
- If you realize that your curtains are too thin, don’t scrap ’em and start over! Simply add a second rod and repeat the same style curtain-or something even simpler-directly behind your first set and add layers to the decor. Use a red or dark blue to add interesting lighting to the room.
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