Striped Curtains

7 May

I’ve been looking for curtains for my room for a while now, and really loved the horizontal thick striped curtains I saw in magazines and pictures online, but somehow could never find affordable ones! So, I decided to whip out my sewing machine and make them myself. Do something productive on the weekend + make it harder for neighbors to see into my apartment + make my room pretty = score! I’ve also wanted to try out the iron-on hem product and thought that this would be a great way to experiment. So, I got in my little red go-cart and went up to Joann Fabrics. After searching through all types of fabrics, I settled on a basic solid colored quilting fabric, because it seemed more durable and blocked out more (sunlight, eye balls, etc.) than a thin cotton. I purchased 3 yards of a plain white, 3 yards of a charcoal gray, and two rolls of a 5/8″ iron-on hem product in order to make two panels. Yes, I do use man tools for everything. Who needs a sewing measuring tape when you have a retractable one? Not recommended but does the job : )

First, I cut six pieces of material 14″ wide, and kept the length of the material as is, of each color of fabric. This can vary depending on how wide you’d like your stripes of course, but keep in mind the more stripes, the more work : ) Then, following the iron-on hem package instructions, I created the hems on the length of each piece of gray material that I had cut. The width you can leave out for now, because this will be fixed at the end.

After that, I ironed each piece together, alternating colors for a total of 6 stripes per panel. Since I did not pre-hem the white material, the white will be slightly wider than the gray, which is the look I was going for. If you’d like every stripe to be the same width, make sure you plan accordingly.

Now that you have your material actually looking like a curtain, you need to take care of the sides of the panels! Make sure that you have even edges, and pin so that it makes your life and relationship with your sewing machine much easier. You can also choose to iron-on hem the sides, but I chose to sew to add a little dimension with stitching and to make my curtain a little bit stronger.

Once you are finished with both sides, move on to the top and bottom of the curtain. The bottom of mine was already completed with the iron-on hem, but if you’d prefer to sew, have at it! For the top, make sure you add a way to hang the curtain from your rod. I chose to add loops with the extra gray material I had, also called a tab top, or you can do something simple and make a rod pocket. After all of your ironing and cursing at your sewing machine (mine ran out of thread half way through my last hem, every. single. time.) you’re done! Hang those bad boys, pour yourself some wine, and stare at your crafty completed project!

Please notice how close my neighbors are and my eyeball and keeping the neighbors out comments from above will now make sense…

Andddd just incase: Make sure you measure how long you’d like your curtains to be and use that to judge the width/number of your fabric stripes, also taking into account how much extra material you will need to make each hem. If you’d like the view of the curtains from the outside to be one color, or to block out even more sun/draft/eyeballs, then consider adding a liner to the back of each panel. This can be done when creating your side/bottom/top seams. Just cut a piece of material to the exact side of your curtain, and sew together the liner and curtain at the same time as you sew your curtain hem.


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