I think most people in the house-blog world knows about the Nester and her window mistreatments. While they are lovely, I generally do not POUF, SWAG, TIE-BACK, FRINGE, or VALANCE my windows and window treatments. I prefer simple long panels, with only a couple exceptions (like my bathroom). I thought it couldn't be that hard to make my own simple 'curtain' panels. I put curtain in quotes because the only thing curtain-like about these is the fact that they hang in front of my windows. There are no rod pockets, grommets, or stitches in these bad boys. Here are the steps I took to make them:
Step 1 - Measure that fabric
I laid out the entire length of fabric to make sure I had enough for what I wanted to do. The lady at the store said 10 yards, but I wanted to be sure. Max held down the far end for me while I measured. How sweet.
I had exactly 30 feet of fabric. 30 feet = 360 inches = four 90 inch panels. Perfecto!
Step 2 - Cut it up
I measured out my first 90 inch section and cut...
and measured 90 inches and cut...well, you get the idea. I cut out four 90 inch lengths.
Step 3 - Do Nothing
Ok, that is not an actual step, but that is what I did after I cut everything. Here are my panels chilling out for a day in the dining room until I finally brought them upstairs:
Step 4 - Develop a deep, meaningful relationship with your iron
When you are unable to sew like me, you use the most wonderful invention ever made - Stitch Witchery! I got a double pack to have enough to go around all those edges. Then I used a handy little tool from the fabric store to measure my 'flap' that the iron-on webbing tape would slip into. The tape I got was 5/8 inches, so I measured the seam all the way down and ironed it flat. I also ironed the entire panel because no one likes displaying wrinkly curtains on their blog! TIP - sticking some straight pins right into the ironing board works great for holding down your seam before you iron it.
I started with the long sides because those were the narrowest hems. After the fold was created, I slipped the webbing in there and ironed again. And no fair looking at my dirty bathroom.Hoodie hoo! After taking this picture, I was all excited that I did it! Then I realized I'd only completed 22 inches out of 1100. Moving on...
Step 5 - Iron some more
After the long sides were done, I turned everything clockwise and started on the top of the panels.
Because my fabric was 90 inches long, and my curtains couldn't be longer than 85 inches to fit properly, I knew I would have a lot to hem on the top and bottom. For the top, I chose 3 inches and measured with my tool all the way down. Or until I got tired of measuring and just eye-balled it. Whatever rocks your socks.