A Simple Curtain Tutorial

posted by Andrea | 09/20/2011

Yesterday I showed you one black and white picture of the curtains I made for the small window in our master bathroom. And today, I’ll show you just how ridiculously simple they were to make! 

We honestly don’t even need curtains in our bathroom because it’s just trees and lots of grass outside… however it’s kind of weird not to have curtains in the bathroom. So after contemplating what type of window treatments I should use {I thought about using old shutters but couldn’t find the right size} I headed to my scrap fabric bin and pulled out an old white sheet — yes, an old white sheet — and made the simple curtains below.

Nothing special…yet!

Side Note: I’m obsessed with white, so I stock up on plain white sheets whenever they go on sale {I can often get flat sheets for only a few bucks} and then use these sheets to make pretty much everything I sew!

Although I love white, I didn’t want “plain white curtains” since so much of our bathroom is already white, off-white, cream, and beige. They needed a little something extra.

So I decided to add some very inexpensive burlap fabric to the top {it’s about $2 – $3 per yard!}

 

I also added wooden buttons with a piece of twine tied through the button holes.

However, I didn’t want to sew the buttons and the burlap onto the curtains in case I needed or wanted to wash them at some point {which I’m assuming I will want to do}. So, I totally “cheated” and pinned the buttons onto the curtains, and in the process, was able to secure the burlap in between the buttons and the white fabric!

 

The piece of twine provided a nice spot for the pin to grab onto, and by evenly spacing the buttons every few inches, you honestly can’t even tell that the burlap is just pinned  on.

 

Aren’t they cute!! 

 

 

I’m thrilled with the end results, and even happier that this entire project took me less than an hour and cost about $1.65 {I had the buttons and twine already, and the curtain was just an old sheet}

 

And if you don’t sew, this technique would work great on curtains you already have too — so it could literally be a no-sew project if you wanted it to be!

What are your favorite no-sew projects and/or inexpensive decorating tips?

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7 comments

  1. Dianne@Baking4Six

    09/20/2011

    What a clever/cute idea. I wish I could go back an re-live my 20s again… because the internet was just getting started back then *sigh~ I would’ve been a very different wife & mom!!

    Anyway, wanted to also tell you that the idea that you used for hanging the towels is very clever, too. It wouldn’t work in any of our bathrooms in our current home… but I’m file this away for the future. :)

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    Dianne@Baking4Six Reply:

    p.s. I just pinned your idea, too. ~ both of them :)

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks Dianne! You do need to have the right type of molding for the shaker pegs to work — but we are LOVING the convenience of having the towels so easily accessible!

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  2. Tammy

    09/20/2011

    This might make you crazy but my favorite part is the towel pegs underneath the window!! Genius.

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks Tammy! And actually, I’m thrilled you like those pegs — they were a last-minute addition on my part :)

    I love them so much that I’m trying to find ways to implement them in other rooms of our house too… like possibly the nursery!

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    Dianne@Baking4Six Reply:

    oops *filing (in my post above)

    I have 4 children and they all have many “peg” hangers (in several different styles) in their rooms. Keeps things off of the floors and easily accesible! – win, win — and they look good too :)

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  3. Amber

    10/18/2012

    I so should do something with the pegs In my sons bedroom, to hang coats on.

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