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Making Your Own Curtains

I need help making curtains for my new home. Does anyone have any ideas or helpful tips?

Chandra from Texas


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By Lisa (Guest Post)
July 20, 20050 found this helpful
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The easiest, economical way to make curtains that I have found is to buy flat sheets. Usually two twin sheets or one queen sheet is enough for one window, depending on the style you want. Sometimes there is even a casing at one end of the sheet, so only minor sewing is needed with hemming, etc... One of my sisters loved the idea so much she bought 12 flat twin sheets and made curtains, table cloths, etc. White looks great in bedrooms, clean and crisp. Have fun!

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By Teresa (Guest Post)
August 5, 20050 found this helpful
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You can get tremendous bargains on yards of drapery and upholstery fabrics on eBay, usually the ends of bolts. One of my favorite sellers is crabdaddylonglegs (search title and descriptions.) He sells by a set amount, not just by the yard.

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By Nicole (Guest Post)
November 16, 20050 found this helpful
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I'm in the process of making my first curtains too. My mom filled me in that instead of sewing, just use fabric glue. She did this and made a curtain out of a kitchen towel.


Just fold down the top, glue, and slip it on a curtain rod. You can use the same idea to fold frayed ends if that's an issue. (BTW If you have a Big Lots around they have great deals on curtain rods!)

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February 7, 20090 found this helpful
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Alicia the sheet idea is something we use at our house as well. To save some money, shop for your sheets when they are on sale or a particular color/style/pattern (if not objectionable to you) is being clearenced out of the store. Usually measuring 1 & 1/2 times the width of your window gives a pleasant fullness to the coverings. If you want them to be fuller try 2 times the width. Another thing you might try are the inexpensive spring rods that sit inside the window frame. Slide the rod through the already available "pocket" that is the top hem of the sheet (the part at the head of the bed) and hang. Sometimes on better sheets this pocket is seamed shut, but a seam ripper or small pair of scissors could be used to carefully clip those threads. Also higher thread count or darker sheets would probably not need a lining. Good Luck!!

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By Tedebear (Guest Post)
July 20, 20050 found this helpful

Lisa is right. Sheets are the best! They are permanent press and wash so easily.


I even made the canopy top for the bed from a dust ruffle and a twin sheet.

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July 21, 20050 found this helpful

I've used sheets for my fabric every time.

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October 29, 20070 found this helpful

I have windows that are not standard sizes. 5 windows are 70" wide x 48" long. 2 are 70" wide x 35" long. I also have 2 patio doors. These measuements are inside casing. I have no window coverings at the present time. I would have to be rich to order custom blinds and the ones that are not custom will not fit. I have researched different window treatments and have come up empty. So I have decided to make my own out of sheets. I wonder if double the window width will be sufficient. Should I buy double bed size? Two sheets per window. Also I am wondering if I should buy white and dye them or should I buy them colored?


Also will single thickness sheets be heavy enough? I need to buy quite a few sheet and I don't know if I can afford to buy the extra sheets for the lining. I am wondering if perhaps I can make the curtains and if need be add the lining at a later date. My house blewup from a natural gas leak 5 years ago and even with the insurance money we got. (bought another house) we are having a hard time getting back on our feel. So money is very tight. I am ney to this site and any help you people can give me will be appreciated.
Alicia of Grand Forks BC Canada

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