- They didn’t have back tabs, so they didn’t drape exactly how I like (I didn’t know what back tabs were when I made them).
- You could see the lining from the sides because the fabric and lining were the same width.
- The rod was too close to the window.
- The rod was too narrow.
- The rods had no finials.
- Curtain fabric: 55″ wide, including selvedge) x 100″ (2.75 yards plus an extra inch)
- Lining fabric: Cut to 53″ x 100″
- Each finished curtain: 53″ x 93″.
Step 1: Sew sides
Line up the right sides of the fabric and sew a seam down one side. Then line up the other side and do the same. Since the lining fabric is 2″ narrower, you need to move the fabric over to line up the 2nd side.
Step 2: Sew top, including tabs
Since my fabric is patterned, I needed to make sure the pattern started at the same place on both curtains so they’d look exactly the same. To do this, I folded the top over about 4″ and then matched where that same pattern fold was on the 2nd curtain (about 6″). Iron seams.
Iron a seam on the unfinished edge.
Cut 11 pieces of ribbon (about every 5″ apart). The length depends on how wide your panels are. Sew the wrong side of the ribbon ribbon to the right side of the fabric along the unfinished edge – both right sides are facing you.
Fold the other end of the ribbon under and sew just below the 4″ seam. Make sure you don’t sew it too close to the ironed seam because you don’t want the ribbon to show at all from the front.
Hang your curtains up and mark where they’ll just hit the ground. you can measure 93″ from the top, but I found actually hanging the curtains on the rod more accurate because the curtain may hang differently depending on where you put the tabs.
(I know, I know. Now that the curtains look really nice, our couch looks even worse. It’s like when I painted the front door and then we had to paint our entire house!)
Budget for Curtains
- Premier Prints Zippy Slub Navy, 5.5 yards – $40
- Ikea Bomull, 5.5 yards – $11
- 1 1/2″ wide ribbon – $1.50
- Needles, thread – had these – $0
- I purchased a new sheer curtain because my kids ripped the old one and buying one was the same price as making my own. Ikea Vivan – $9.99
- Total: about $63
Budget for Hardware
- Curtain Rod for curtain – Ikea Hugad $5.99
- Curtain Rod for lining (I could have spraypainted my gray one, but since they’re so cheap at Ikea, I just bought a new one) – Ikea Racka – $4.99
- Curtain Brackets (The Hugad was too big for my old bracket, so I had to get new ones) – Ikea Betydlig- $1.98 x 3 = $5.94
- Total: about $17
So overall not the cheapest makeover, but one that I hope will last a long time and way cheaper than buying such long curtains retail or from Etsy.