Do you need new curtains but don’t have a big budget? No problem! This easy DIY fall fabric curtains are the perfect way to add privacy and style to any room.
Make curtains out of hang cloth
I decided I needed new curtains for my room. As you can see, the curtains had seen better days there. They were worn out and fading at the edges from the sun.
But I didn’t go to the store to buy fabric. Instead, I decided to order canvas drops online to make pretty pleated kerchief curtains.
I heard so many great things about drop cloth by Lisa from The Purple Hydrangea, but I was really reluctant to buy it for anything other than painting.
How do you know you are getting the right weight or density? Well Lisa made it so easy for me because she included a link to Amazon for her personal choice.
Well, I made a leap of faith and ordered two packs of the drape from the same manufacturer. I thought I had too much better than not having enough in the end.
Supplies for making fabric curtains
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- 2 packages of Canvas Drop Cloth approx. 9 ‘by 12’
- Tape measure
- iron smooth out those wrinkles
- Fabric scissors
- Needle and thread or Iron-on fabric ribbon
- a package of Clip rings in black20 rings in a pack
How to make curtains with kerchief
After getting the package from Amazon the first thing I did was give them a good wash. The reason for this is that they are made from 100% cotton and will shrink when washed.
The next step was to find out the dimensions for my curtains. KariAnne’s book DIY home planner was great at helping me figure out all of these measurements. I knew I needed a width about two and a half times the width of my windows. I also knew that I would need four panels.
I just wanted to cut the two panels the same way. And so I measured each drop sheet individually and guess what, they weren’t exactly the same.
One had a seam in the middle so I decided to cut on the two ends and use the center piece (which had the seam) on another project. The second drop sheet had the sewn edges on the width instead of the length. This made me pause and realize that I couldn’t cut up this piece the way I had done the first.
My advice is to know your measurements first and then look at each piece individually before you start cutting.
I started by folding the edges and pressing them with an iron. This really makes it that easy for you to get straight edges.
You can use an iron-on fabric tie at this point, or in my case I like to sew them by hand because it makes me look sharper without pulling on it. And the thread does not show up. I also saw them glued together with a hot glue gun. It’s your decision.
I only had to hem the bottom of one of the sets as the other set had already sewn the binding. Remember when I mentioned that the two panels were not the same.
Once the bottoms were hemmed and the sides sewn, it was time to put them on the bars. I bought that Slip-on ringsbut I didn’t want to just cling them to the fabric. Instead, I came up with the idea of folding them and then cutting them into folds!
I folded the fabric as you can see below.
Then, press in about an inch of the fabric to get the shape shown below. It looks like a W shape.
I cut off this whole part of the fabric. As I said, that was the center.
The sides were just turned in and cut off like a “V”.
And finally, I added two more clip rings for a total of five for each panel.
Here they are hung in the room and match the color of the wall perfectly. I couldn’t have been happier if I had gone to the store and picked out the fabric myself. Yes, I am one of those who have to touch the fabric before I buy.
At this point I should mention that I had actually walked into a fabric store and was amazed at the prices they charged for this type of fabric weight. They were over $ 20 for a yard. At that price it would have cost me over $ 240 for these curtains. Instead, I paid $ 40! Can you see the big smile on my face
I now have instant creases without the hassle of sewing or gluing. And if I want to replace them, I just have to remove them. Dead easy!
A close-up of the fabric and how tightly it is woven. Not all draperies are created equal.
I left a lot of fabric on the bottom because I think cotton will shrink even more. So this time I went for the puddle effect and when I wash them again I can hem them to the length I want. (That’s just an excuse for me because I was in a hurry to raise these babies!)
I should also mention that when placing the bars, you should always opt for high and wide or high and out. This creates the illusion that your windows are much larger than they are in real life. It is like the curtain frames your window when the curtain is opened. And when it’s closed it looks like mine because I used enough width of fabric so that the curtains don’t look tight.
You can see below that my window is small but looks a lot bigger because of the placement of the curtains.
And since this is the International Blogger’s Club, I want to take a minute to discuss the curtains of Greece. The most common way of hanging curtains there is either with a valence that hides the rail or with a tape of fabric that contains loops. This is sewn onto the back of the curtain. The small hooks on the curtain rings are then attached to the loops. As soon as you pull the threads, they bundle up and create a nice wrinkle effect.
I actually did sleep a little and had a hard time finding simple curtain rings. I think the versions with the clips are much more popular now and are much easier to use.
I’m so glad my girls at Int’l Bloggers Club came up with material for this month’s challenge. I didn’t know how much I needed these curtains until I made them. The actual wrinkles themselves took me about a minute! Hope you can take away some great tips on how to make drapery pleated curtains.
Make sure to check out Lisa’s blog, The Purple Hydrangea, where she gives us Five very good reasons why we need substance in our lives.
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