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Drapes from Sheets

You can make nice pinch pleated drapes from sheets. I used king sized sheets and made them floor to ceiling for a 22 foot opening. I bought the buckram heading sold by the yard at a fabric store and made my own pinch pleats. Looks professional. I did them unlined, but you could use another sheet to line them.

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I bought my flat sheets from Wal-Mart. They were around $14.00 per sheet. Be sure you buy all you need at one time, even white sheets can vary in the whiteness! They can be dyed.

One king sized sheet yields 13 pleats allowing for space on either end. Need wider drapes, sew sheets together.

Don't use the pleater tape that you can sew on and buy the pins to gather them into pleats. They are quick, but do not look, nor hang very well at all. Talking from experience.

I really should have known better, it's not like I didn't know how to make drapes. You can save a bundle making drapes that look custom made.

By Syd from Dunkirk, MD

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October 17, 20060 found this helpful

This sounds great IF a person knew how to make pleats. Can't they just hang by their hem and look nice too usin their pillow cases as valances? I would think so as some of the curtains out now a days are just simply breath taking and would look very nice up on a window.

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Thanks for the information

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By guest (Guest Post)
October 19, 20060 found this helpful

My tip was to make them look like custom made drapes at a cheap price that can be drawn closed!

Thanks for your feedback. You sure could just hang them by the hem. Use any type valance you like and have some nice FRUGAL drapes!

Syd's 2¢ again

RE: Drapes from Sheets - Syd's 2 Cents
Post By Paula Jo Carr (Guest Post) (10/17/2006)

This sounds great IF a person knew how to make pleats. Can't they just hang by their hem and look nice too usin their pillow cases as valances? I would think so as some of the curtains out now a days are just simply breath taking and would look very nice up on a window.

Thanks for the information

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November 2, 20060 found this helpful

I have done this before, I love it and so does my Daughter. We don't make pleates but we do make them into curtains. We just make a hem in them so the curtain rod will fit and then we make one at the bottom so the ends are straight. This comes in handy.

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By guest (Guest Post)
April 15, 20070 found this helpful

Syd - How do you make the pleats?

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August 16, 20110 found this helpful

I have used the fabric shower curtains as well.

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