The prettiest curtains in your home aren't always the most expensive ones. In fact, sometimes they didn't cost much at all, and required even less effort than that to make. Even if you can't sew a stitch you can make these budget curtains to dress up any window in your home. You'll need some fabric or a bed sheet, a steam iron, a yardstick or tape measure, some scissors, a pencil and some double-sided tape.
Double Sided Tape
For each curtain panel that you'll make, measure the length of your window to determine how long you want your curtain to be. Take that measurement and add 3 inches for the rod pocket and another 5 inches for a considerable hem.
Measure the width of your window. Since you are making one curtain panel at a time, the width is a good measurement for each panel. This will allow for fullness when the curtains are hung and closed.
Cut your sheet or fabric according to the measurements you've taken. Fold the bottom edge over to create a hem; using about 4 to 5 inches of fabric. Press the hem with your steam iron. Place double-sided tape (purchased from a fabric store and meant for use on fabric) to the underside of the hem and press firmly.
Fold the bottom hem over, using about 3 inches of fabric and press the hem. Repeat the same process with the double-sided tape. If you have cut into the side of the material and the edges appear rough, turn the edge over into a hem; repeating the pressing and taping steps with about 1 inch of fabric. You may opt not to make a side hem if the cut is clean and there isn't any fraying of the fabric.
Mount your curtain rods or cafe hooks onto the window frame. Slip the rod through the top hem you've made on each panel. Insert the rod into its brackets.
Make unique cafe curtains using pretty place mats. Old fashion peg clothespins lend a vintage feel to the look as they fasten the place mats to the cafe rod quite simply. You may do the same using decorative or embroidered dish towels as well. Replace the old fashioned clothespins with one of several kinds of binding clips you can find at an office supply store. These will give a more contemporary feel.
If you have some pretty pillowcases that have been embroidered on the edges, turn them into lovely cafe curtains as well. Cut the sides open and simply drape the pillow case over the cafe rod, for curtains that look great both inside and out.
- About Double-Sided Tape
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