DIY Curtains

I always have trouble finding curtains that I like or I find some and they are WAY out of my budget.

In the past, I’ve been able to find fabric that I liked and that was reasonably priced in order to make my own.

This time around I couldn’t find anything that I liked.

I knew I wanted something neutral in the kitchen and living room, so I could add color in other ways.

In the dining room, I wanted the curtains to be the vibrant and stand out.

One day I was shopping at Target and I came across some napkins on clearance in a fabric that I loved. I bought them thinking that I might use them to make pillows in the living room. The more I looked at the fabric, the more I wished that I could find a fabric that was similar for the dining room curtains.

After checking out the measurements online, I realized that the long tablecloths would be almost long enough for curtains. I went back to Target and picked up two of them for $9.98 each.

{Gotta Love Target Clearance!}

When I bought them, I wasn’t brave enough to use my sewing machine yet. The sides and the top were already hemmed, so I didn’t have to do anything with them. I already had the green fabric. I used hem tape to add the fabric to the bottom and hung them using ring clips.

LOVE THEM! They are perfect for this room!

When I was looking for curtains for the living room and kitchen, I knew exactly what I wanted. I was looking for a neutral color with a small print. Again, everything I fell in love with was out of my budget. I looked at fabric, but I just couldn’t find anything I liked.

Then it hit me….a few months before I had picked up some sheets on clearance at Target. I thought that we could use them in our guest rooms. The queen size was $7 and the twin size was $5. The print and color was perfect, but I needed four panels. So, I cut the two flat sheets in half and used hem tape down the cut side and along the bottom to hem them to the right length.

{I loved the print so much that I used the fitted sheets to recover two of my dining room chairs!}

I now shop with a more open mind. You never know what you can make with a $5 set of sheets!

By the way…Target has some beautiful tablecloths right now that would make great curtains.

I almost picked some up the other day to use in my office, but I have something else in mind for in there.

This print would look great with the stripped table cloth used to lengthen them…..

Have you DIY’d any curtains using unexpected fabric finds?

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  1. I love this idea! I have some old sheets that I am trying to figure out how to turn into curtains, but I'm not sure I like the material enough. I love the table cloth idea! I will definitely be using some of your ideas! =)

    Alesha <3

  2. Hello Cute Jennifer, You sure wowed me with the things you shared on Fabulous Friday. It's my pleasure to feature both this beautiful curtain project AND your recipe in my favorites today. Please feel free to take an "I Was Featured" button if you'd like. And I hope you come back again this Friday.

    Warmly, Michelle

    • Hi Michelle!! Thank you….you're so sweet!! I really appreciate the feature! I will add your button to my sidebar and will definitely be back this Friday!

  3. absolutely GOR.GE.OUS! love love love love love love em – can you tell – Target AND cute – what a great combo!

  4. Hi – I loved your no sew Target + curtains. Wonderful idea. I was never an ace at sewing – although I did make some really great drapes for my bedroom from sheets a million years ago – and they came out great. I've spent enough money on professional window treatments for the first floor of my house – and I'm done with that. Upstairs – it will be inspired by your creativity with Target and then some!

    Thanks for your posts! Come check out my furniture finishes and other posts on my blog!

    Linda

    • I'm so glad I inspired you! I've finally learned to sew a straight line, but not much more than that! Maybe someday I'll have the time to really learn how to sew…

  5. Love Target!! We are hosting our first Kitchen Fun and Crafty link party next Friday and would love for you to share this! Feel free to stop by and grab a party button! http://kitchenfunwithmy3sons.blogspot.com/

  6. Glad I'm not the only one that re-purposes clearance Target items into something new. I've used sheets, table clothes, and curtains and turned them into a variety of items. The prints are so cute and you can't beat the clearance prices for the amount of fabric you end up getting. So awesome!

  7. REALLY nice idea and fabulous fabric. Can you come make some for me? Haha!

    Thanks for linking up to Refresh Your Nest Friday over at Making Lemonade, and hope to see you back tomorrow!

  8. That was the most amazing thing I've seen! I also do NOT have the budget for some nice curtains but I am in need of some! I have a question: where is a good place to get curtain rods? The curtains I need to make are going to be hefty so I need a very sturdy curtain rod and target and walmart aren't coming through for me!

    • Thank you!! The best curtain rod I have actually came from Walmart. It's the one in my dining room. I think it was from their Better Homes and Garden's line and cost about $25. It's really sturdy. Other than that, I have just picked up rods here and there…like Ikea and Ross. The rods in the living room are from Ross. They are two cafe rods that were gold and I spray painted them. They're not super sturdy, but they are just holding sheets.

  9. They turned out wonderful! Thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday! Hope to see you again at this weeks party!

  10. As if I need another reason to shop at target! I'm going to try this one! Thanks for linking up at make it yourself mondays! :)

  11. What perfect timing ! I just found your blog about 30 minutes ago and have been looking around, love what I see so far !

    My sweet daughter is getting her first " grown up" apt this friday. She is a srtuggling college student/waitress and is broke ! She is attempting to make this place more her style than a grandmas mix of hand me downs and random room mates beat up junk. She will have a sliding glass door in her bedroom ( mom worries about safety) that faces east ! and another slider in her living room. They currently have those awful vertical blinds and no privacy. Her first request was that we find something to cover those huge windows and the price of drapes is more than her starvation budget will allow ( I already bought her end tables ,an area rug, nice sheets, cleaning supplies and food) soooo this post couldnt come at a better time. I am okay on the sewing machine and can do the basics, but even looking at fabric for that size window is pricey. We are going to Target later today and will be looking at sheets and tablecloths ! The only problem is that Target is like a drug of choice for me……I simply can not walk out of there empty handed. I LOVE Target and literally have to wait in the car if I have no extra $$ to spend :(

    Thanks for listening and sorry to be a blog hog, I 'm just sooooo excited for this out of the box solution !

    • Hi Beth!! Thank you for taking the time to look around my blog! I remember what it was like to be a struggling college student working retail. Lots of hand-me-downs and Goodwill finds….I'm still picking up hand-me-downs and shopping at Goodwill!! :) It's so much fun to decorate your first apartments..even if you have to do it on a budget. You're such a sweet mom for helping! I also remember the AWFUL vertical blinds in apartments. I do have one tip, because a long curtain rod is going to be pretty pricy. Check out this link – http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/creative-uses-for…. You can see what pieces you would need to make a rod out of plumbing pipes.

      Good luck to your daughter!! I hope you guys find something that works.

  12. Love the curtains and you know what? The brown, green, turquoise tablecloth was my absolute favorite tablecloth of all time- until we moved and I lost it. Sadness. :( I had thought of making mine into curtains and matching throw pillows but when I went back to the store, the pattern was sold out. Love the way yours turned out! Stopping by from An Original Belle.

    • I'm sorry you lost it!! I fell in love with the pattern as soon as I saw it. I had been searching for fabric for about two months and I couldn't find anything I liked!

  13. Congrats! This was last week's most viewed link. Please come back and link up this week. You could win some vintage jewelry just for linking up. http://trophyw.blogspot.com/2012/01/will-craft-fo
    Tara

  14. I love repurposing things like this. It is so much cheaper to buy sheets or tableclothes than a huge bolt of fabric. Plus, less work!

    Great post ;)

  15. Fabulous!!! I am going to be running out to look at tablecloths this afternoon! ~Kelly

  16. I LOVE this! I have been on the lookout for drapes on clearance and just haven't been able to find anything I've liked and that is in the price range. I'm definitely going to be looking at tablecloths and sheets now! Thanks for the tip. They look great!

  17. These are great,Thanks for joining us at Creative Mondays :0)

  18. I need to try this out.. thanks for the idea!

  19. Love the name of your blog. And your curtains are awesome.

  20. They look very nice! And what a quick way to make them, with hem tape!

  21. I LOVE them!! Especially the fabric you ended up covering the dining room chairs with!! I just brought home some sheets…I'm not sure what I'm going to do with it. Thanks for the ideas!!

    A few blog friends and I are hosting our first link party tomorrow to finish off the Imagine the Impossibilities Challenge, we go live at 7amET. Today I revealed my project for the challenge, a gallery wall with only one screw in the wall. I'd love if you could come by to check it out and link up! http://thespacebetweenblog.wordpress.com/2012/01/
    Karah @ thespacebetweenblog = your newest follower

  22. Those are AWESOME–love, love, love!

  23. Shirley Lupton says:

    Love, Love the curtains. I need to go shopping because I need curtains in one of my small bedrooms as the curtains are falling apart. Thank for the blog.

  24. I love Target! They have such a great selection of items. Your curtains turned out beautiful! I love the colors and designs.

  25. Great job! I love finding different uses for things like that. Your home is beautiful, by the way!

  26. Gotta love Target!

    We will be getting Target soon here in Canada, I can't wait. I always make sure I visit Target when we are in the US. I am looking forward to searching for tablecloths & sheets for curtains. Great job!!

  27. This is the best DIY idea I've seen in a long time! Very clever, easy and CHEAP! Oh yeah, they are super cute too. I really must try this. I found you at The Shabby Nest's Frugal Friday.

    • Thanks, Cindy!! I'm glad you stopped by…I hope you have fun looking for a cute table cloth or some cool sheets to make your curtains!

  28. You made my day, Jennifer! I've been struggling with finding some linen-type fabric for a closet door in our guest room that I can afford. Do you know how much pre-made linen drapes are….?? Yikes! On my next trip to Target, I'll certainly shop with a much more open mind and think outside the box! Thanks! :)

    xoxo laurie

  29. You did such a great job, Jennifer!

    Love the colors/patterns you chose and loved the peaks into your gorgeous home!

    I would be absolutely THRILLED if you would stop over at my place and link this up to Feature Friday FREE-FOR-ALL…going on right now!: http://www.fivedaysfiveways.com/2012/01/feature-f….

    So looking forward to seeing you there!

    ~Abbie

  30. I'm in the same boat! I've shopped shower curtains, but never thought to look at tablecloths. Target here I come! Thanks for the inspiration!!

    Sharon

  31. Great ideas! Thanks for sharing! I shared it on my FB page this morning.

  32. I totally need to make myself curtains…I have the same problem, I can't find anything I like, and if I do, they are waaaaay out of my budget!

    Thanks for the inspiration!

    I would love it if you joined my weekly Friday link party if you are interested: http://www.simplydesigning.blogspot.com

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    Ashley

    Simply Designing

  33. The curtains all look beautiful! Now I'm going to search the clearance for some fun tablecloths make that curtains. :)

  34. Great work! I need to make some of these!!

  35. They look great. I tend to try to look for tablecloths to use as curtains and napkins to use as pillows. I'm a lot more open minded when walking through the store now.

    • Thanks, Andrea! I never thought about it before…Now it's the first place I look, because you can get something different and it's usually cheaper.

  36. Great job on the curtains! They look amazing and make a big difference!

  37. Love the fabric!! Great job on the curtains! I would love for you to come party tomorrow over at Passionatelyperfect.com

  38. So creative, thanks for opening my mind to "different" things!

  39. I'm amazed and impressed by your talent! What a beautiful job! Just wanted to let you know I have chosen you to receive the Liebster award. You can find out more on my blog post today. Congratulations! You deserve it!

    Virginia
    http://www.livelovediy.com

    • Virginia, You just made my day!!! Thank you so much!! I am speechless right now. This is a wonderful start to my blogging journey!

      I can't believe your bedroom transformation…it is stunning!!

  40. I'm looking for curtains for my living room, and this is genius.

  41. I love what you did with the table cloth. GREAT idea. I'm a new follower.

    Eilis

    my-heart-lives-here.blogspot.com

  42. Great job on those curtains!! I love the fabric colors!

  43. You're good! I love all of your curtains made from your finds at Target. Very impressive. You gotta love Target. Thanks for sharing at DIYbyDesign.

  44. these are fantastic I hope you'll add it to my What We Wore and Made Party over at http://raegunwear.blogspot.com/search/label/WWWMW

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