Can You Make Your Own Curtains? Yes! Here Are 9 Different Ways!
By Karen Ballum on February 28, 2014
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I am bad at curtains. I know they are one of the simplest things you can do to change the mood of a room. We've lived in our house for almost four years and we've slowly been changing wall colors but I've been even slower at window coverings. De-popcorn ceilings? No problem! Painting? Love it. Curtains? Eep!
I'm not going to pretend that the cost of curtains and drapes doesn't make my somewhat frugal heart cry out in horror. I've gone into stores and found the perfect drapes only to look at the price and realize that I could paint an entire floor of my house for less money. So we do things like paint our dining room and then don't put up new curtains for eight months. Then when we do, finally, put some up, it's because we're going on vacation and the thought of having curtainless main floor windows just doesn't feel smart, so I buy some on clearance that will "do for now."
I've watched my HGTV. I know it's possible to make your own curtains. I also know that things aren't always as easy as television makes them look. Are curtains really that easy to make? And do they really look that good? I decided to do what I always do in cases like this -- I turned to our bloggers. Kristi quickly won me over quickly her with her post, "Why I NEVER buy ready-made, store-bought draperies or curtains." She has great tips and it's a fabulous starting point for figuring out the basics like drapery length, width and materials.
But here's the thing that worries me the most -- I'm not a very good seamstress. Sure, I actually own a sewing machine but I'm not very good at using it. That's not even taking into the account that it's been broken for at least a year. When it's not broken, I can kinda, sorta, sometimes sew a straight line... but not really. Can someone with my limited skills really make curtains? That won't look horrible? After some more blog searching, I think I can. Here's what I found:
Easy Lined Curtains
Credit: Shabby Creek Cottage
If I make curtains, I really like the idea of them being lined. It's cold in the winter here and every layer helps keep the cold out. Gina makes making lined curtains look so easy, doesn't she?
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