Today, I want to share with you how I make my curtains the custom length that I need and add a little trim to them to make them appear expensive and professional. The same method works great for shower curtains too! You can see the shower curtain I did for my Master Bathroom HERE. The green curtains I am using today I found at Ross's for $7.99/panel. Then I bought some home decor weight fabric to add onto each of the 2 panels. I got 1 yard. I also purchased enough of the bead trim to trim each of the panels going horizontally, plus a couple inches for each panel so that I can fold over the trim and not see the raw edges.
|Serge all edges of new fabric|
First, figure out how long you want your curtains to be. I needed to add a couple of inches. I bought 1 yard of the fabric that I added onto the curtain. I cut that fabric in half so I added 18 inches (minus the seam allowance) onto each panel. If you own a serger, serge the edges. This will help the fabric to not fray and give it a cleaner look. Heads up: I used a home decor fabric that measured 56 wide and my curtain panel was 54 wide so it was the perfect width. If your fabric isn't the right width then you will need to carefully piece your fabric together so that you don't disrupt the pattern (ie my fabric has an ornate damask print and if I needed to piece it together I would want to be VERY precise in piecing it so your eye wouldn't be drawn to the seam)
|Figure out how long you want the curtains (with your children's help!)|
|pin new fabric in place|
|make sure to leave some overhang for later|
|Lay out curtain and additional fabric|
|Fold over bottom and sew 1/4 seam allowance|
Next fold over your extra inch on each of the sides and sew it down onto the curtain. If you have enough you can fold some of the extra under and then sew and then you wouldn't see the seam from your serger. If you don't have a serger then fold it under twice so that you don't see the raw edge.
|Fold over left over on side and sew down|
Last to add the embellishment trim to your curtain you can pin it into place right on top of your seam, or just eyeball it and sew it into place. A note about trims: some regular sewing machines can't handle the thick braided trims so be careful when sewing them onto your curtains. Before I got my industrial machine I tried to stick to the skinnier trims or glued them into place using heavy duty upholstery fabric glue.
|Sew on Trim|
Don't you just love how they turned out? I love that I was able to get custom designer style curtains for around $12/panel. Perfect for my budget and my expensive tastes!If you want to see the rest of my girls nursery you can go HERE