I have a space in my living room that has two awesome north-facing windows and right below them is a corner bench seat. It’s a great little spot, but I was feeling like I needed to add something to make the area pop, and to frame and showcase the windows.
Well, several months ago I found a pair of velvet lined curtains at Cost Plus World Market for $24 for a 50″ X 84″ panel!! That’s a freaking killer deal!
I didn’t want curtains that were going to block any light because the two windows bring a lot of light into the room. And, the room doesn’t have any overhead lighting, what were the original owners thinking?! So, I just wanted the curtains to have one purpose: to frame and define the windows and bench seat area.
The size of the curtains were 84″ and 50″ wide. I knew that I would have to alter them to make them fit. I didn’t want them to hang too long because I knew children would be playing on this window seat and I didn’t want my kids sitting on the bench and ripping the curtains off the wall.
Also, my sewing machine is in a room where I’m storing some crap until I finish a remodel project in my laundry/craft/office room, so I knew I wasn’t going to be able to dig it out to alter these curtains. So the thought came to me: why don’t I just use some no sew tape to alter my store bought curtains?! It was an aha moment for me.
Here is what you’ll need to do this easy project:
–Heat n bond (I had a sheet of it and cut it in 1 inch stripes)
–Measuring tape or mat or whatever you use to measure stuff
-Velcro tabs or strips
Like I mentioned above, I wanted these curtains to hang on the sides of the windows and not to block any light, so I decided to fold the curtains in half and cut them down the middle to make two of them which made them 25″ wide. Then I measured how long I wanted the curtains to be and 64″ long was the perfect length. So I chopped off 20″ off the bottom of both curtains.
*FYI, these curtains had a cotton liner and some of you might think this was so dumb of me, and that’s ok, but to make this project easy, I cut out the liner so I didn’t have to bond the liner to the curtain. I tried doing this with one of the panels and I regret doing it because you can see the curtain pucker in spots where I wasn’t able to get the liner to lay flat. Ugh, so I decided for the other curtain panel I was going to cut it out.
Then, next you’re going to iron the no sew tape onto the raw edge fabric. I cut 1 inch strips to do this. Make sure to follow the instructions on this stuff, it will save you a lot of pain and grief!
After the no sew tape cools down, you’ll strip off the paper backing and then fold the raw edge over and then iron it slowly to get it to adhere. You’ll do this to the raw bottom and raw side edge of the curtain.
Because I had 20″ of this beautiful teal velvet fabric left over, I decided to make some tie backs with them. I took the nicely sewn edge of the bottom cut off piece and cut it to be 6″ long and 4″ wide.
Then I took the heat bond tape and ironed it on the raw edge and folded over the raw edges, and pressed on top of the edge to seal it.
I took my hot glue gun and hot glued velcro tabs on the ends of the tie backs so they’ll stick. I placed the tie backs in the middle and to give the curtains more shape. I felt because the curtains are short, they looked kind of lifeless just hanging there, and plus they were blocking some of the light. So, making these two tie backs solved those both of those problems.
So, here are my custom drapes! I bet you’re wondering why my Christmas tree is up in my photos? I took pictures of these in early January and the tree looks so pretty with the curtains, so that’s why. No worries, I have the tree put away now, haha.
I also did a really fun tutorial on how to make these DIY Short Copper Pipe Curtain Rods, go check them out here!
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