Although this project was really simple it did take me nearly a month to complete, from picking out fabric and brainstorming about how to make the curtain rod to only really being able to work during nap time. I love the way it turned out though! Here is the before picture. Well, its not a true before picture…
The first step was to figure out how the heck to hang a curtain rod. It’s a four window bay rather than the standard three, so I couldn’t find anything online. Plus all the spacing between the windows is different….nice right? So off to Home Depot it was to try and create something. Four trips and a week later I had my solution. I bought four pieces of electrical conduit, four packs of wooden rod hangers and some plastic tubing. Oh, and a hacksaw. The cheapest one I could find ($3)…which turned out to be a not so good idea. First step was to measure and cut all the conduit. I measured from crease to crease and took off about 3.5 inches to leave room for the joints.
And here is why the $3 hacksaw was a bad idea…it kept falling apart! One tiny piece of metal wouldn’t stay in place and that was that. It this about six times during the cutting process. I know what your thinking…”wait did you even have that many cuts to make?” All I have to say to that is thank you for assuming I get everything right the first time. I actually make about 15 cuts because I thought “eyeballing it” would be sufficient.
Luckily my little helper was there there to encourage me….
I put (more like stuffed) some plastic tubing in the joints (to make sure the curtain tabs wouldn’t fall between the cracks) and it worked great. Here is what it looks like finished…
Next step…make the curtains. After a few rejects I ended up choosing a grey/blue chevron pattern I bought off of fabric.com. I bought 15 yards and had juuuuust enough. I had to make back-tab curtains to that I could lace them around the hardware and have a clean finished look. I’d never made them before so I just winged (wung?) it. First I made the tabs by cutting 4 inch strips, folding in half and sewing. I did it this was so it would have a nice edge when I turned them pattern side out. Not that it mattered because they are hidden anyway. (Also, I’ve discovered a way to make “back tab” curtains without actually having to make tabs. It really is so much easier and I don’t ever think I’ll make tabs again. CLICK HERE to read that post.)
Here they are finished (yes, I pressed them). I made eight for each curtain for a total of 40.
Next I hemmed all the four edges of each curtain, which was definitely the least fun part of this project. Well, that and getting all my cuts wrong ;). Then I folded down the top edge of the curtain (4.5 inches) and pinned the bottom part of the tabs to the edge, sewing the tabs and seam all at once. For the top of the tabs I folded them over to be even with the top of the curtain and sewed them individually.
Here is a view of the back of the curtains all hung up…
And here it is finished! My casual dining room looks much more “grand” now!
The grand total for this project ended up being just under $100. Not bad considering I’ve seen the same curtains (shorter, rod pocket) selling for $150 a pair on etsy. Hmm…maybe I should sell curtains…
Update: This post was one of the first posts I’d ever written and we have done a ton to the dining room since then.
Interested in making curtains, but want an even easier tutorial? GO HERE