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brokenumbrella
« on: December 29, 2010 04:11:21 PM »

When I moved into this house I made some curtains for the living room. The fabric was the end of the roll at the shop, it was a little shorter than I wanted, but I really really liked the fabric and figured it would just stretch.

Sooooo I have curtains that are *just* big enough but leave little gaps at the sides and in the middle and it's driving me insane. I really don't want to make entirely new curtains because the window is 2m square and it will be super expensive.  I can't get any more of the same fabric to extend them. Can anyone think of a way of redeeming them which will look ok? Someone recommended adding a strip of contrasting fabric to each side but I just can't imagine that looking good.
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Confuzzle
« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2010 04:17:16 PM »

Depending on the fabric, it can actually look really good! Another possible option is to get some wide lace and edge them in lace - just enough to cover the gaps, but still let a little light through, and they would be pretty and feminine.
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klcqtee
« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2010 09:33:20 AM »

Hm. I'd say pick a contrasting colour, and do the outside edge of each (1/2 inch overlap, 2 inch extension), and sew around the outside edge of each curtain, and the bottom, to make it look "finished". If you have a cool print, pick a colour from the print, if it's a light coloured curtain, look in to a bold contrast.

The lace is a cool idea too, and my suggestion acts of the same principle, but I know that lace would be too feminine for my tastes.
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ravenwitch
« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2011 03:13:58 PM »

I have one set that I put contrasting borders on the top and bottom and they look fine. 
Another set I made, I put gathered, longer panels on the sides because my window frames are larger than my windows and it looked wierd.  They look like they would open or close but they don't.  They just hide the sides of my window frame.

To make them longer, I would cut off the bottom and add a panel a few inches above the bottom portion and then add the bottom back on.  I wouldn't add the same detail on the sides and bottom because it might look wierd.  Maybe do the bottom in a similar color but vastly different material and the sides in a different color.
You could also add a really decorative trim, like beading, maybe in a similar color as the curtains or to match other decor so it looks deliberate and decorative and not like an oops, my curtains are too small add on.
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brokenumbrella
« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2011 11:32:30 AM »

I fixed this in the end as it was quite a while ago but I still get email notifications of replies on this topic...so here's what I did in case anyone's interested...

because they were too small across but I didn't want to add a vertical strip, I had a brainwave and rotated them 90degrees (can't do the little symbol) and added an extra strip along the bottom instead.

They are dark green linen and the extra piece is natural linen. I was going to add a piece of paler green ribbon along the join to sort of tie it all together but then decided it looked fine without.

I thought it looked a bit peculiar at first but a friend visited the other day and said she really liked them! so they can't be too awful.

Thanks everyone for your suggestions
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