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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