I figured it was time for a bit of blogging catch-up. I actually made these curtains about a month ago, but haven’t had a chance to post about them. Now is the time!
I’m always looking for inexpensive ways to decorate – these window treatments were not only inexpensive, but they also took no time at all to make, required only hand sewing and gave the room exactly the look I was going for. I wanted to add simple window treatments for Kyla’s Paris bedroom for two reasons. First, with a limited budget, I felt that I could better use the money for expensive drapes in other places – when you’re decorating on a budget, you have to prioritize. Second, I didn’t want the window treatments to be competion with the other elements in the room that I would rather draw attention to, such as the bed or some of the wall art. With that being said, although I wanted something that would blend in with the theme, I still wanted them to add just a little bit of bling on their own. Tall order right? Eh. What else is new. Enter Walmart twin flat sheets in white, and a box of sparkly beads! I swear, I’m going to write a whole post on all the things that you can do with white Walmart sheets at some point.. but that will have to wait for another day!
Anyway, back to the project at hand!
To make the curtains, I started with two plain white cotton flat sheets from Walmart and a package of these – excuse the sad excuse for a picture, and hopefully, you get the idea.
I started off by giving both sheets a good pressing. The large hemmed end of the sheet, or what would normally be the top, served as the hemmed edge of my curtain. The other end, I folded over at the top about 7-8″ and pressed well, ensuring there was a deep crease. This would become my ruffle. The size of your ruffle, or fold, will be determined by how long you would like your curtain to be – a longer ruffle will result in a shorter curtain!
Beginning at one end of the folded over edge, or ruffle, I threaded through the sheet, and then threaded on three beads before looping back through the sheet, like so, allowing the beads to dangle from the ruffle:
I continued this pattern the length of the sheet – three beads on, thread back to sheet, three beads, etc., creating a looping pattern.
I had a curtain rod that had lost or broken finials. I found these great drawer pulls at Hobby Lobby and was able to use them as finials for the rods, which gave the drapes even more character. I hung the drapes by using drapery clips… and that’s it!
I ended up using two sheets – one for each panel – and therefore, my drapes were plenty full enough. Because the sheets were cotton, the window treatments had a fair amount of stiffness, and were able to hold the pleated shape from the drapery clips very well.
The total cost for this project – minus the drapery clips, which are just ridiculously expensive – was less than $20. Where else can you get custom drapery for that much?!
Overall, I’m very pleased with how they turned out, and I’m even more pleased with the little effort that was required. I’m a happy girl!