One of the things I love most about my new house is all the windows! They’re everywhere! Summer or winter, I love all the natural light that comes in all the time! I can’t get enough 🙂 Currently, though, they’re all naked…
The windows looked like THIS when we first moved in.
The previous owner was nice enough to leave these coverings for us… but I must confess: I HATE covered windows. Why have windows if you’re going to completely and 100% cover them up??? I don’t get it! And this was after we had already removed about three layers of sheers. No joke.
After living with naked windows for months, we finally found fabric we liked enough to make our own curtains. We got them at Hobby Lobby with a 40% off coupon, of course.
What I did first, was measure the window… and then I measured the window 🙂
To get the discount, we did not have the fabric cut (on fabric a ‘cut of the yard’ is equivalent to 1 item… we wanted the discount on ALL the fabric, not just one cut of the yard) . We have a LOT of windows, so we just bought the bolt, which was 7 yards. So, I had to cut the panels accordingly.
I wanted ceiling to floor curtains. Allowing 6 inches for the curtain rod to fit through a casing at the top of the panel; and allowing 2 inches for a blind hem at the bottom of the curtain panel… I, thus, cut the fabric every 101 inches.
You can see I used a ruler (and chalk) to make nice, even cuts.
Next, I unfolded the 101 inch panel that I cut.
Using the existing fold as my guide (see it?), I simply cut down the middle.
So these are my curtain panels in their “raw” form. ALL I have to do from here is finish the 4 seams. Get it? 🙂
I started with the long sides. Believe it or not, I “finger pressed” them, pinned, and sewed. This is “duck cloth” material and it didn’t want to hold on to the heat from an iron. I finally gave up and just kind of “winged” it, hoping that the seams were going to be pretty even. I’m an “accidental” seamstress… did you really expect me to be super anal about it? 🙂
Then I measured 6 inches from the top of the panel, folded over the material, and sewed it with a straight stitch… Somehow my pics got lost of that 😦 (Update: Here’s how I did the top casing and bottom blindhem).
Then, I measured 2 inches from the bottom of the panel and finished that with a blindhem.
4 seams. Get it? Easy peasy 🙂
This is SERIOUSLY so much better!
Since the bolt only had 7 yards on it… I was only able to make 2 window sets. When we’re less poor, we’ll go back for the rest 😀
In the meantime our one dressed window is totally amazeballs, no?
I guess we could file this under “Living Room Makeover: Part 2″ even though I’ve not exaaaaactly finished it 🙂
I hate to be “that” girl… but, my curtains are way better than the “other” ones…