Adding a bold, colorful choice of curtain is a surefire to complement the personality of any room. But, let’s be honest, the things can be SO expensive, especially considering they are essentially just pieces of fabric! So, if you’re not willing to fork over a “Benjamin” for new window coverings, then it’s time to shift your focus over to your bedding.
Believe it or not, making just a few quick adjustments to a bed sheet can give you the same results as a store-bought curtain. Don’t worry—this is far from that makeshift bed sheet window covering that we all attempted in our college dorm rooms. This project actually yields pretty impressive results!
This easy, money-saving tip comes to us via the effervescent DIY maven Jamie Petitto from Gurl.com. In her video, she shows us how to easily make curtains using $15 sheets!
So, to make your own DIY curtains, first gather your materials. For this project, you will need:
- 1 full-size flat bed sheet
- Fabric scissors
- Hot glue gun
- Iron and ironing board
- 2-inch-wide ribbon
- Hem tape
- Curtain rod
- Optional: Sewing machine and thread
Now that you have all of the necessary tools ready to make your own curtains, let’s get started!
Make a cut!
Fold your flat sheet carefully in half, ensuring that the corners match up perfectly. Then, locate the crease and start cutting across the width until both sides are completely separated.
Smooth out those wrinkles!
Lay each half of the sheet on your ironing board and take care to press out all of the creases. Our host explains that this step allows for more accurate measuring later on.
Hem that end!
Place the frayed, cut edge of each sheet onto your ironing board, line with hem tape, and iron over the fold. If you have some seamstress skills, then feel free to use your sewing machine.
Attach the rod!
OK, here’s where it gets a little difficult. Grab that curtain rod and lay it over the top end (the pre-sewn one!) of your two sheets. Cut roughly 4 to 8 strips of ribbon into 3-to-4-inch pieces, depending on the size of the curtain rod.
Once all of the slicing and dicing is complete, use your ruler to space the ribbon strips out evenly over the rod at the top of the sheet. Then, add glue with your hot glue gun to each end of the ribbon and allow time to dry.
So, now that you’ve nearly finished, let’s check out how to complete the very last steps in Gurl.com’s video below. You also won’t want to miss some of Jamie’s bonus insights on curtain placement, fabric options, and installation methods. It’s a simply genius way to have some fun and save some money!
What do you think of Jamie Petitto’s DIY curtain-making project? Have you ever tried this method before and, if so, were you satisfied with your results? What’s the largest amount of money that you have spent on curtains? Tell us all about your thoughts and experiences in the comments section below!