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With the help of my friends, I co-ordinate "The Craft Group" which is a place for women to gather and do craft! We share a whole range of things, from craft to the small things that matter to us right up to understanding the whole meaning of life! I learn so much from everyone, I thought a blog would be the perfect way to record the memories! The "Plus..." is all about extra bits 'n pieces that I have found and would love to show you. Welcome to our Craft Group. Please feel free to say hi, leave a comment or become a follower! Enjoy!

Friday, 17 June 2011

My El cheapo Curtains Tutorial

I do love pretty, plain curtains.
I really don't love paying big money for curtains.
I really, really don't like sewing great big wads of fabric to try and make straight curtains.
I don't mind cheating when it comes to curtains.

 I bought some really cheap flat white double bed sheets from Kmart for about $12 each. I washed them and ironed them. Then I figured out how long they needed to be and folded the hem over again on the top and bottom. That's just 2 straight straight lines on the machine. I can't go too wrong with that.

Then a bit of maths. Count the curtain rings. Work out spacing for little ribbon tabs and sew 10cm pieces of $2 a roll ribbon from the cheap shop. (cut at an angle). To complicate things slightly... the curtain you see below against the blue wall has a little 1cm overlap at each ribbon point. That is because the sheet was too wide when the curtain was shut. It looks nice with a bit of gathering.

Stitch each ribbon piece on with the machine.

Tie each ribbon to the bottom of the curtain rings. I do a bow because it is easy then to take them off and wash them.

Ta da! Lovely light curtains where I just need them for night time privacy and to stop the sun blazing in during summer afternoons.

The DIY Show Off


  1. Beautiful. I’m also having a link party today and every Monday. I would love for you to stop by and link up your curtains and any other projects you would like to share. http://diyhshp.blogspot.com/

  2. What an adorable DIY project! Thank you so much for sharing.

    Happy Monday!

  3. I so need to make some curtains for us! Great job:)

  4. So clever! I have used sheets in the past too! Can't beat the price. And I sewed ribbon to the sheer drapes on our grape arbor - such an easy way to hang! Thanks so much for sharing your creativity! I'm including a link in this week's highlights. ;)


  5. Perfect!...now to adapt it to a shower curtain...I see a project in my future today!

    Thanks for showing us your great creation!!!



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