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 decorative pillow shams     |      2020-01-20 14:02

Hey friends! It can be hard to find the perfect curtains, can’t it? I know I have struggled in the past. I can often find curtains that I love, but they don’t come in the right length {I mean seriously Target, what’s up with only have 84” length curtains in the store}?! Or, if I can find them in the correct length, they are expensive and I don’t love the fabric. It’s a problem. But, never fear! I am here to teach you how to make curtains the easy way :) This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience. Click here to read my full disclosure policy.

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When it came time to choose curtains for our dining room that we recently redecorateddecorative pillow shams, I needed 104″; long panels. I hunted and hunted without success. I finally decided to sew some myself after stumbling upon the PERFECT fabric while I was at Joann Fabrics purchasing supplies for a different project all together. I do not love to sew, but since gettingmy new sewing machine last Christmas, I no longer hate it. So, I decided to go for it.

As is customary with all of my sewing projects, I kept it as simple as possible, sewing simple 1/2 hems on all four sides of each curtain panel. I knew I wanted to hang the curtains with drapery rings and clips, which eliminated the need to create a pocket for the rod. Like I said, SIMPLE! In fact, if you don’t have a sewing machine, you could even make these without sewing AT ALL—just purchase iron on hem tape and iron away.

* A quick note before we jump in. I FIRMLY believe that curtains should be hung as close to the ceiling as possible. They should also extend beyond the outer frame of the window. This makes your window appear larger. Don't make the mistake of hanging the curtains on the window frame or just above/beside it! *

1) Since my panels needed to be the exact same size, I simply folded my fabric in half and cut the panels apart using the fold as my guide.

2) Fold each edge of your panel over, approximately 1/2 of an inch and iron the fold flat.

Then fold it over again, so that you have a completely finished edge, and iron flat again. After making this second fold, you will have a perfect, finished edge.

Complete the two long edges of your panel first. **If you are using iron on hem tape, place your hem tape under the second foldbefore ironing it flat, being careful to follow the instructions on the package in terms of the iron temperature and length of time you need to iron it.

3) Sew the ironed hems of the two long edges into place with a basic stitch.

4) Next, repeat steps 2 & 3 for the top and bottom edges of your curtain panel.

5) Add drapery clips and hang your beautiful new panels up!

See, that’s not so bad, is it? I made these panels for right at $60.00 for the pair, which is a great deal for such long panels!What do you think? Do you feel like you can tackle this project?

Before you head out, be sure to head over to see all the details of our dining room makeover. And, if you enjoyed this project, be sure to also check out how to make curtains from sheets, how to make pillows from dish towels and how to make personalized pillows with no sewing.

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