I'm finally finished with these curtains! I got one panel finished about a week and a half ago and I put the second one off because (like always) the first one took longer than I thought it would (I'm also a pretty big procrastinator).
These babies are phase one of my nursery switcheroo. (I just started, so that's why there's art still hanging behind the curtains.) I made the curtains to fix the window mistreatment situation that was going on in my son's room. Before I hung these panels I had a hideous tan, black-out curtain on a tension rod. It was always meant to be temporary, but it ended up staying in the room for way too long. Since we still needed the windows to be darkened, I attached the black-out curtain to the back of one of my new panels.
I hope no one is looking for an in-depth tutorial because I made a big oops. I could have sworn that I took how-to pictures when I made the first panel, but as it turns out, I didn't. Of course I didn't realize this until I was completely finished with the second panel!
Oh well, it's not that big of a deal. If you want to create striped curtains without busting out your sewing machine simply cut strips of fabric and attach them to a curtain panel with Heat n' Bond or Stitch Witchery. My stripes are 10 inches and I used a yardstick to keep them even when I creased the edges with an iron so the raw edges wouldn't show. It's that easy.
I used a $20 pair of 98" Rivta curtains from Ikea, a $10 black-out panel (that I already owned), a $5 navy flat sheet from Wal-Mart for my stripes, and 3 rolls of Stitch Witchery. All in all these curtains cost about 40 bucks.
Although I declared that I was finished with these curtains at the beginning of this post, I actually have one more thing to do: baby proof them. I bought two packs of curtain ring clips for these panels, but I could only find one of them when it came time to hang them. Since I needed to take pictures I just went ahead and hung them through the tabs. The rings are great because if Little Man decides to pull on them, only the curtain will come down instead of the rod and hardware.
I snapped this picture just minutes after I hung them up. I'm off to find those rings!
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