How can I easily make curtains from bedsheets?

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Answered by: Linda, An Expert in the DIY Projects Category
Whether coordinating a room, doing a budget makeover or outfitting your first apartment, you can make curtains from bedsheets for window treatments as a cost-effective way to get a lot of fabric at a reasonable price. It is also a way to instantly coordinate the decor and add privacy to a room. With a bit of planning and a few ideas, you can create window treatments that will have the appearance of custom treatments but at a fraction of the price.



Use Clip-on Rings to Create a Flat Panel

-Attach clip-on rings equidistant across the top edge of the sheet. Leave 2 inches free at one end, if using two sheets to cover the window, to allow for overlap at the center of the treatment.

-Measure from the bottom of the sheet to the top of the attached ring to determine the curtain rod position.



-Install the hardware, per the manufacturer's instructions, so the top of the rod is at the determined rod position.

Create a Self-Valance on Rings and Clips

-Mark a horizontal line on the wrong side of the sheet, up from the bottom of the sheet, at the required length. Fold the sheet, right sides together, on this line and press the fold. The top edge of the sheet is oriented toward the center of the sheet.

-Align the top of the sheet to the top edge fold, wrong side to wrong side, and stitch through all the layers.

-Attach rings with clips equidistant across the top of the valance and thread onto the rod .

Create a Self-Valance With Rod Pocket

-Mark a horizontal line on the wrong side of the sheet at the required length. Measure this line up from the bottom of the sheet. Fold the sheet, right sides together, on this line and press the fold.

-Align the top of the sheet to the top edge fold, wrong side to wrong side, and stitch through all the layers.

-Sew an additional, parallel, row of stitching 2 inches toward the bottom of the curtain, through all the layers, to create a rod pocket.

-Thread a cafe rod through the rod pocket to create a gathered pocket curtain.

Use Gathering Tape to Create a Gathered-Head Curtain

-Sew gathering tape to the wrong side of the top edge of the sheet. Sew rows of stitching between each row of cord on the tape from edge to edge across the width of the sheet.

-Pull the tape cords to gather the fabric. Tie the cords together at each end to prevent the gathering from loosening.

-Insert drapery pins equidistant across the gathered tape, inserted into the pin channels.

-Hang this treatment on a regular drapery rod such as an I-Beam or traverse rod.

Create Tie-Top Curtains

-Cut ribbons into 24-inch sections. Fold each ribbon in half length-wise and finger-press the fold.

-Align the fold in the ribbon section to the top of the drape and stitch the two together. Attach the ribbons, equally spaced, along the top edge of the drape.

-Tie small knots in the ends of each ribbon to prevent fraying.

-Attach suction cups, cup hooks or drawer pulls to the wall, equally spaced and positioned at the measurement equal to the length of the curtain plus 3 inches. Use one cup, hook or pull for each tie set on the sheet.

-Tie each ribbon set to each corresponding cup, hook or pull, keeping the top of the curtain 3 inches below the cup, hook or pull.

Tip:

In order to successfully make curtains from bedsheets, the sheets must be square and straight. Sheet sizes are not always as stated on the label, nor are all sheets manufactured straight. You must unwrap each sheet, iron it flat and measure all the edges to find the real size.

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