Wednesday, November 30, 2011

DIY Kitchen Curtains

I took a Fashion Design class in high school as an elective one semester.  Although I don't remember much from the class, it did teach me the basics on how to operate a sewing machine.  I don't trust my feeble sewing skills to create anything remotely presentable to wear in public, but I am at least able to make Halloween costumes for my poor dog.

Zubie as the Hokie Bird for one Thanksgiving.  Classic.
The kitchen has three windows, which already had curtains.  They were white and had green and purple embroidered flowers on them -- pretty, but not my style.  I wanted something that was green, red, and orange to tie in my green kitchen, red dining room, and orange living room.

Donated these curtains to Goodwill.  Hopefully someone else will appreciate them more.
I figured that the easiest way to do this was to simply buy an extra panel of my dining room curtains and then just shorten them for the kitchen.  That way, the windows of both rooms would match.


I should say that I busted out the tape measurer, a straight edge, and a calculator to figure out the dimensions of the curtains, but I don't want to lie.  I was an English major in college; therefore, myself + any kind of math = don't mix.  So, I just took down the curtains, laid them on top of the new one, and used that as a guide.  Since I had to fold over some fabric to create the hem, I made sure to cut the fabric about an inch and a half wider than the curtain itself.  


A lot of people claim that they can't sew.  It's not that they can't, it's that they're too afraid to try it.  Trust me, sewing is easy.  If you can drive a car, you can operate a sewing machine.  I'm not kidding.  Just look up online how to thread a sewing machine, and you're good to go.  


As shown above, I just folded over the fabric about half an inch for the bottom hem, and sewed in a straight line.  It didn't have to be perfect.  They're curtains.  Then, for the other side, I folded the fabric about an inch, making sure that the hole was big enough for the curtain rod.  



And that's it!  Simple, right?

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