Although there are plenty of ready-made curtains for your bathroom at various stores, if you are on a budget or just want something unusual and different, here are some handy no-sew and barely-sew window treatments you can create with just a few materials.
Buy a plain roller shade and use paint to create designs or stripes on the shade, or attach beads or ribbons. You can also sponge paint the shade with colors that match your bathroom, or use stamps to add images of fish, flowers or ducks that complement your décor.
Scarves and Drapes
Purchase a window scarf from a discount or department store and find a window bracket that complements the scarf's colors and design. Since the brackets will be exposed, make them as decorative as possible. Drape the scarf over a curtain rod attached to the brackets or hang the scarf directly from the brackets themselves. If you choose the latter option, consider adding a third bracket in the middle for a cleaner, draped look.
Sheets and Pillowcases
Collect two twin sheets, a rubber stamp, ink pads with fabric-safe paint in two colors, ribbon for ties and a curtain rod and hanging hardware. Stamp your chosen design on the sheets and let the ink dry. After hanging the rod, loop the ends of the sheets over the curtain rod, one sheet for either side of the window, and use ribbons to tie them off.
For pillowcase curtains, get two matching pillowcases and two swing-arm curtain rods. If you are using printed pillowcases, you might want to insert a layer of drapery lining to help prevent the pattern from showing through. Sew a pocket hem at the closed end of each pillowcase, allowing an inch of fabric above the stitched hemline for the curtain to ruffle as it is fitted through the rod. Sew or hot glue any desired trim over the hemline at the open end. Feed the rods through the curtains and hang.
Purchase a new square tablecloth or find a vintage tablecloth at a flea market or antique store. Fold the tablecloth in half to make a triangle. Pin the fabric directly to the window frame with drapery tacks, allowing the corners to fall loosely at each of the curtain ends.
For a lace tablecloth, make sure you have a 1/2-inch or less diameter curtain rod with mounting hardware. Use a lace tablecloth that is at least the length from your curtain rod to the floor. Attach the cloth to the curtain rod using clip-on drapery rings, then gather the cloth in the center and tie with a ribbon.
One of the easiest no-sew window treatments is to hang napkin rings on a tension rod, position the rod in the middle of the window, and then loop a dishtowel or napkin through each ring. For a brighter look, you can choose rings and napkins in a variety of colors or patterns.
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