Nifty ways to DIY your own curtains

Curtains are one of those things that can make a huge difference to the look and feel of a room, yet they can also eat up a horrendous amount of your home decor budget if you are not careful. If you are trying to stick to a tight redecorating budget or simply want to do a bit of experimenting with different looks there are no shortage of online tutorials to help you bring your imagined window coverings into the real world.

Luckily, in the grand scheme of things curtains are relatively simple to make from the fabric of your choice. Try this tutorial for a straightforward approach to traditional simple curtains, fair warning it does require a sewing machine but the theory of it is laid out well allowing you to get great results with a wide variety of materials.

If you would prefer to give the sewing machine a miss don’t worry, there are plenty of options out there for you to try. Iron-on or fuseable webbing are great alternatives to sewing and just require you to be able to line things up in a straight line in place of getting busy with the needle and thread. Use the fuseable webbing  to both hem your material and also to create a pocket for a curtain pole to slide through.

Curtain ring clips come in all sorts of shapes and sizes these days with a multitude of beautiful designs to choose from. These beauties allow you to change the look of your windows quickly and easily. You can even find magnetic clips that will leave no marks on your fabric. With such flexibility why not get creative and experience with scarves, ties or wide ribbons for special occasions?

The fabric that you choose can make things a lot easier or harder for you so it is worth paying careful attention to the material. Blackout or thicker fabrics will allow you to get away without lining your hand made curtains, while choosing a sheer fabric will let plenty of light into your room but will add a send of privacy. The type of fabric will also play an important part in what methods you use on it. For example, you might be able to see the bonded webbing through the hem of a sheer fabric while joins on a material with a busy pattern will be much more noticeable unless you line up the fabric exactly right.

If you are new to the fabric and sewing game it is always worth heading to a fabric shop where you will be able to get assistance and pointers from staff members. Take advantage of their fabric and project knowledge to help make your first foray into the DIY a successful one the will keep you coming back for more!


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