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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Pimp My Curtains

Recently I made some living room curtains and you know what that means.  It means that the dining room which directly adjoins this room looked like it was naked without some curtains of it's own.  I was having a hard time settling on a coordinating fabric.  What to do, what to do?  I finally decided to buy some store bought panels and pimp them out so they looked like custom curtains.  The additional fabric was leftover from the living room curtains so now they definitely work together without being identical.

Here's how the panel started out.

And here's how she looks today.


Directions

1. Calculate how much accent fabric you want to add to the panel.  I inserted a 12" band to the top portion and 18" to the bottom.


2.  Determine where you want to add the accent fabric.  Measure down from the top of the panel and mark a very straight line across the entire width.  Use good scissors and cut.

"TIP - Use a t-square ruler so that the side of the fabric provides a straight edge as a starting point."

2.  Lay the top of your curtain panel down with right side facing up.  Lay the alternating fabric on top of that with the right side facing down.  Pin both pieces of fabric together.  Allow for a 1" seam.

3.  Sew together.
4.  Press seams flat down so the curtain will hang nicely.  Repeat these steps to re-attach the bottom portion of the panel.



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38 comments:

  1. You always come up with such good ideas! Lovely lovely curtains and I lust for that chandy. I've struggled with the same issue of how to dress windows in adjoining rooms and I do believe you've given me a solution. Pinning :)

    Robin
    happilyhomeafter.blogspot.com

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  2. great idea! you can buy inexpensive curtains and make them look like a million

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  3. What a great job Carol! Such a good idea to tie the rooms together. You make it look easy- maybe I will give it a try! Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Your addition is perfect! I do this to too-short dresses, too (gotta cover my knees!)

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  5. Wow, Carol, your curtains look amazing! I really have to try this. Thanks for sharing!

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  6. These are absolutely gorgeous! I love how you used the fabric to create a center band. This is also a great way to lengthen curtains that are too short for your windows! Beautiful job!

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  7. These look great! It's amazing what a difference this makes to the impact in the room - love them!!!

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  8. Good idea, except I am not a sewing kinda girl. Maybe stitchwitch? I might try this on our guest room curtains.

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  9. Gorgeous! The dining room fixture makes me miss Loop!

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  10. Gosh you get so much done in a day - what a fabulous idea! I am useless at all these tasks but great at cheerleader the workers on and making cocktails.

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  11. seriously?!? You make me want to skip work and sew some stuff.Err... learn to sew so I can someday sew some stuff.

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  12. So clever Carol! You project turned out beautifully. I soooooo wish that I knew how to sew. I'd love to tackle a project like this.

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  13. Beautiful! I love the photo of you sewing. That's you, right? With the curls and the peaceful look of contentment on your face that can only come from doing domestic tasks?

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  14. Oh just look at you! Clever indeed - and what a perfect way to mix solid and pattern. Love it!

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  15. I think I need to do this in my office. Fantastic idea. I expect nothing less out of you though.

    And your dining room looks so fancy. I love it!

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  16. Love them Carol! The pendant is from Home Depot isn't?

    Love.

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  17. You are such a pimp..... fabulous job:)

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  18. I think you should open a curtain shop that's called "Pimped Curtains by Carol" I really do love these ones, they're for sure my fave.

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  19. Love your title, and LOVE your curtains! What a great job, and thanks for the tutorial. I so have to do this somewhere.

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  20. Awesome recreation! I love the fabric choice :)

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  21. thank you for sharing article! lovely curtains and I lust for that chandy. I've struggled with the same issue of how to dress windows in adjoining rooms and I do believe you've given me a solution.

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  22. oh my goodness....I love how the work together without being matchy matchy!
    What a great job! and a tutorial too!...Thanks for sharing!

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  23. Thank you for such a great tutorial. I have blah curtains that I've been trying to figure out how to spice up a bit. I thought about adding trim to the edges, but I actually like you're idea better.

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  24. Brilliant. I need to do this on drapes I bought for my previous house. The ceilings and windows are much taller here, thus my old drapes don't fit. This would be a great way to salvage them. Thanks for the tutorial!

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  25. The curtains look fabulous in your dining room. You did a great job, Carol!

    Enjoy your weekend!

    Jessie
    www.mixandchic.com

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  26. Love this idea! Such a great way to introduce a little pattern into a room and an even better way to have beautiful curtains on a budget!

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  27. I love this!! And it's probably way cheaper than buying a curtain that's not plain. Nice work!
    Jen

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  28. They look amazing! Great job! Love love them :)

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  30. Great idea! My curtains are about 10 inches too short (even after buying 95" curtains!) and I've been wanting to add some pattern... so this would kill two birds with one stone. Great! And it wouldn't require much fabric... but I'm so afraid of sewing... maybe I need to suck it up and try!

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  31. The post is written in very a good manner and it entails many useful information for me. I am happy to find your distinguished way of writing the post. Now you make it easy for me to understand and implement the concept. Thank you for the post
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  33. You totally rocked in pimping that curtain panel, Carol! The result is hands down, absolutely gorgeous! Your dining room looks a lot fancier with your design. How I wish I’m a sewing type of girl, and I have at least half of your skills and creativity to pimp our home too. >.<

    Roxie Tenner

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