If you work from home or do a lot of DIY projects, you know how important an office can be. If you don’t have one (been there, done that) then the importance is highlighted even more. I have recently been working on creating a joint office and crafting space and I’m finally getting around to the fun stuff like decorating. The most recent project? These super easy DIY curtains.
Materials (And Tools)
- Fabric *the amount will depend on the size of your window
- Matching Thread
- Straight Pins
- Measuring Tape
- Sewing Machine
Measure your window to determine how much fabric you need.
- Hang your curtain rod first. You want it to be placed above the window at least a few inches and you want it to extend past the window on either side. When you measure, do so from the curtain rod. Also remember that you will want them to hang past your window as well.
- When measuring the width, don’t just divide the total in half and add in an inch or two for hems. You want some overlap once they are hung. Add at least 4-6 extra inches to each panel to facilitate this.
- When measuring length remember to add enough extra length to not only create hems but also the channel for the rod to go through.
Measure and cut out your fabric based on the above measurements.
- The old adage holds true for this to ‘measure twice, cut once.’
- To achieve a semi-blackout curtain without the extra work, use a heavyweight outdoor fabric. They come in a myriad of styles and patterns to fit your décor.
Create hems on the long edges of your panels and secure with pins.
- Use an iron and strip of cardboard to attain even hems along the length.
Sew each pinned hem. Repeat steps 3 and 4 for the top and bottom of the panels.
Create the channel for your curtain rod to slide through by essentially creating a second, extra-large hem at the top of each panel. When you set it, be sure there is at least a 3-inch gap, bigger if your curtain rod is especially large.
Now just hang your panels and enjoy! You can have stylish new curtains in as little as 10 minutes!
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