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 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:
- Tape Measure
- Burlap – enough for your curtains
- Stitch Witchery
- 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!
I really love this tablecloth from Ballard Designs too. If I have leftover fabric I may have to do a table cloth as well.
I’ve linked up with Skip To My Lou for her weekly “Made By Me” link up.