Monday, May 23, 2011

No-Sew Striped Curtains


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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14 comments:

Anne said...

they turned out so cute! I love stitch witchery!! :)

Living with said...

Perfect! I love that they look so great but you didn't have to sew.

Lauren said...

A bed sheet for the stripes...great idea! Found you @ Tip Junkie.

Kelli said...

These are adorable! Great job!

Kelli @ loveoursimplelife.blogspot.com

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

I'm a sucker for stripes - they look fantastic and dramatic and, well, awesome!

Jen Kesler said...

Darling...thanks for sharing!

Modern Mom Redefined ((Kelsi)) said...

love the stripes!!!!!! very cute! I'm a new follower. Would love it if you could stop by and say hi, or link up to Memory Mondays Blog Hop!
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Kara said...

I love bold stripes. These look great.

Kristine said...

LOVE the boldness of them!! Fierce!!

barbara@hodge:podge said...

I just about fell off my chair. I just made the same drapes this week using the same Ikea drapes! My stripes are black and 7". I sewed mine.

I had a sneak peek on my blog today.

great minds think alike!

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Sweet Simplicity said...

I am going to attempt to make navy and white striped curtains for the nursery. Do you know what size flat sheet you bought? Full size? Thanks!

Anonymous said...

What size sheet did you use? Full or Queen?

Aaron said...

I'm pretty sure I used twin sheets.

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