You, see our old sunroom had 14 windows! That is a lot of windows to purchase window coverings for. The curtains that were in the house before we moved in were very nice (like 1980’s nice), NOT MY TASTE whatsoever! Think floral… on top of more floral and puffy! So I took them down right after we moved in.
Well that was last January, and our windows were bare for months afterward.
I’ve been trying to come up with an inexpensive and easy way to make curtains for all of these windows.
I got this great idea after seeing Trish from Life to the ‘T’ make beautiful burlap curtains.
These curtains from Ballard Designs were her inspiration:
The only problem is they cost $40 – $60 per panel! WOW!
I’ve since found a great inexpensive option for burlap curtains – Amazon has a lovely burlap curtain available for less than $20 per panel! Check out the burlap curtains here. If you’re looking for shorter curtains check out this affordable option!
I didn’t need long curtains like the one’s pictured above but I thought this might work well for valances in our sunroom.
DIY Burlap Curtains:
So I ran out and bought $15 worth of burlap at Joann’s. Got home cut some fabric, ironed on some stitch witchery, frayed the ends, and voila! Simple, airy, natural, window valances! (and, yes I really should iron them!)
What you need to make burlap curtains:
- Tape Measure
- Burlap – enough for your curtains
- Stitch Witchery
Instructions for making diy burlap curtains:
- Measure how big of a pocket you need for your curtain rod and fold over the top of your burlap so your rod will fit. ( I needed a 5″ pocket)
- Cut your burlap to the correct size. I like a little gather in my valances so I added some extra width. I also like a little fringe at the bottom so I added 1 inch for that.
- My fabric measured approximately 32″ wide x 19 high (with about 5″ folded over for the pocket)
- Run a length of Stitch Witchery along the seam and iron .
- Once your seam cools, pull away 3-5 horizontal threads at the bottom of your curtain to add a fringe if you’d like. It can get kind of messy.
- That’s it – you’ve just made a super simple burlap curtain!
I might add some other details to the curtains later, but for now, I have to finish it up, I still have to finish curtains for 9 more windows! Lots of work to do but it was so easy I hope to finish it up today!