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« on: October 17, 2005 01:29:31 AM »

Hi all, i'm sorry, i dont know if this goes here but... i just moved into my very own first place with my bf  Grin but we don't have curtains, the window is quite big and i have never used a sewing machine, i would but i have no experience, so if someone could help me with a couple tricks of how to make a cool looking curtain, that'd be awesome. I guess i could try to sew it, i don't think it's super hard, anyway i like those ones with eyelets, maybe those are the easiest/cheapest for me to make since i don't have much of a budget. Well thanks to whoever answers in advance!

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« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2005 06:26:57 PM »

!. Sheets. Most come with a convenient channel already there - no sewing required.
2. Salvation Army/Goodwill etc. Find old curtains, sheets, tablecloths. And church rummage sales almost always have a bunch of white sheers.
3. Do a search here on "curtains" and find instructions for making tab curtains and other options. Or check the library; books with pictures help!

For a cheap curtain rod, visit Home Depot and get copper tubing cut to the length you want.

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« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2005 08:17:34 PM »

Thanks so much, you've been of great help! I think i will do my little search here  Grin
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« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2005 09:20:25 PM »

Take any appropriate sized fabric, (sheets, tapestries, fabric, tablecoths, whatever you like that fits your window)  hem any rough sides using stitch witch, and hang with clip on rings. Quick, easy, fun! You can also sew hems and/or tab tobs, cord tops as well.
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« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2005 08:32:16 AM »

Oh, yeah, another cheap curtain rod: bamboo poles. Our local garden store has six-foot poles for a dollar each! Get two big cup hooks for brackets, and you're in.

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« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2005 04:17:10 PM »

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« Reply #6 on: November 11, 2005 08:20:55 AM »

Oh, yeah, another cheap curtain rod: bamboo poles. Our local garden store has six-foot poles for a dollar each! Get two big cup hooks for brackets, and you're in.


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« Reply #7 on: November 12, 2005 09:49:34 PM »

Fabric shower curtains are awesome.  I found one at Bed, Bath, and Beyond for like $20, I think.  I cut mine in two and sewed a seam up the raw edges to make two curtains but if your window is really big, you could also just buy two.  I also used those paper blinds that are pretty cheap ($5 or so at Target).  They let in a little light but keep out all peeping toms.  Grin  I wouldn't recommend them for a window that you will be opening and closing a lot as they are not very strong. 

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« Reply #8 on: November 14, 2005 11:08:05 AM »

If you don't know how to sew you can use a no-sew iron-on stitch.  That is what I used when I lived in a dorm and did not have access to a sewing machine.  I still use the curtains I made to this day. 
All you have to do is measure the size of your window.  Then add on 4 inches to the height of that measurement and 8 inches to the width; This will tell you what size and how much fabric you will need.  Walmart has a clearance table of fabric; it is very cheap and if you are willing to dig there are some good finds.  JoAnn's and Michaels and really any fabric store carry the no-sew iron on stuff.  It comes by the roll or sheet.  The best kind for doing curtains is the kind that comes by the roll used for seams, it is about 1-2 inches wide.  After buying all this stuff lay your fabric out.  Cut the fabric in half width wise.  This will be so you can open and close the curtain.  Then on each end fold it over 1.5 inches or so.  Iron on the no-sew stuff so that the folds stay in place and there are no rough ends.  Now buy 5 hooks.  I used those 3M sticky hooks.  Put one at each corner of the window, one in the middle of the window, and one on each side of the window.  The one on the side of the window is so when you want the curtain open you can bunch the fabric up and put it in the hook.  Now cut holes in the curtain where you put the hooks at the TOP of the window only.  The one in the middle is for both curtains to hang on.  You are now ready to hang up your new curtains.  You may need to add more hooks at the top depending on how big your window is so they do not gap as much.  I hope this helps and GOOD LUCK!
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« Reply #9 on: December 12, 2005 02:18:35 PM »

I have made curtains out of sheets before even though I know how to sew with a machine. The reason I used sheets was because I could get the exact color I wanted. I got pure white, cotton sheets and RIT dyed them. I think they look awesome. Good luck with yours!
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