Y’all, I’m so proud of this project! And not because it took a lot of hard work….quite the opposite actually. I’m proud because of how great they look & how little work actually had to be done. Does that make me lazy? I hope not :)
We have pretty low ceilings in our home, probably 8 feet. So when I started on the curtain hunt I knew I wanted them to be pretty long so I could hang them from the ceiling to the floor and create some height in our living room. You’d be surprised how hard it is to find long pre-made curtains….IKEA has some that are pretty long (we used them here in our dining room), but they are also pretty plain. I didn’t want plain this go around. So I was really only left with custom curtains. And since I didn’t want to break out the sewing machine and I didn’t want to pay anyone else to break out theirs I had to get creative.
That is when I stumbled upon these fabulous patterned flat sheets at Wal-Mart of all places! I knew I had a winner :)
At first I hung them like this (I’ll show you how in a second):
And by at first, I mean for THREE years. While I liked them….I can’t say I ever loved this look. So last week I decided to try again.
JACKPOT! These curtains are cheap, long, and pretty!
So here is how you can hit the jackpot on these long flowing curtains that all put make themselves.
Flat sheets are a standard size of 66 inches wide x 96 inches long. If you wanted your panels to be a little more full you could use a full size sheet which is 81 inches wide and 96 inches long. Since I have single windows and never plan on really closing the curtains (although I could) so I went with the twin size.
First, you will need to wash and dry your sheets, possibly even run over them with an iron to get all the wrinkles out. Then you will need to cut them in half. To do this I simply laid the sheet out on the floor and folded it over/in half. Cut along the fold.
You will be surprised how straight this makes your cut. Now here is an optional step….use some stitch-witchery to “hem” your cut edge. Now remember I went the lazy route. Y’all I didn’t even fake sew the edge. There was little to no fraying and the line was surprisingly straight, so I just rolled with it.
Next, the longer hemmed edge (or the top of the sheet) is going to be your rod pocket. You will notice it is sewn shut. Not a problem, right inside the seam on the top edge cut a tiny (like a centimeter) cut. Then insert your scissors into the hole and cut down the edge of the seam on the BACKSIDE of the sheet (make sure you DON’T cut both layers, just the layer on the back side of the sheet! You will need to do this on both sides.
Now you have your curtain rod pocket. Go ahead…slide them on your curtain rod and be impressed with yourself!
Even Chickadee was impressed with the new look :) Seriously, in the time it took me to type these directions you can make your own set of curtains! Easy…quick…and cheap!