Feelin’ Crafty: No Sew Curtains

When I was redoing the playroom, I went back and forth on whether or not I needed curtains in there. The two windows in the room are large, original windows. One faces North and one faces West. The North facing window is surrounded by a line of trees and really doesn’t need any window treatment on it, while the West facing window gets some sun in the afternoon/evening.

I originally thought about something really simple like wood blinds or even a nice roller shade. I wasn’t crazy about the idea of really nice curtains that will probably get used and abused by my toddler. BUT, because the windows are not a standard size, I knew that nice blinds or roller shades would be pretty pricey. So I needed to come up with some cheap curtains that would diffuse some sunlight, but that don’t cost an arm and a leg in case they get destroyed or I change my mind and decide to go with something custom.

531675c17415b970c245ee57a4b61da9I found these curtains at Target a while back and immediately liked them. They were just what I wanted as far as the color, and they didn’t feel too grown up or too childish for our shared playroom/rec room. What I didn’t like about them was the length or the pocket top. I wanted them a little shorter, long enough to cover the entire window, but short enough that my child hopefully won’t be tempted to mess with. I also wanted a grommet top or to add clips to the top so that the curtains would slide open and closed easily over the curtain rod.

After much debate, I decided to pull the trigger and buy them, only to find out that Target no longer carries them….That’s what I get for thinking too much. But the good news is that they carry the exact same design only in the form of a shower curtain. My first thought was, ‘how ghetto would it be if I hung a shower curtain on my window?’. Then, I thought with a little modification, they might actually work.

A standard shower curtain is 72″ x 72″, so I ordered two curtains and planned on cutting them in half so that I would have two 36″ wide panels for each window. A standard curtain is 54″ wide, so these are significantly more narrow than a regular curtain would be, but my windows are less than 72″ wide, so I wasn’t too worried about it. I also ordered some brushed nickel shower curtain rings to match the curtain rods I had already bought.

Feelin' Crafty: No Sew Curtains // thegoldbrickroad.comI had to break out the iron and attempt to get out some of the major wrinkles out.

Feelin' Crafty: No Sew Curtains // thegoldbrickroad.comAs you can see, I didn’t get them ALL out. Then I folded it in half lengthwise and cut them in half. Feelin' Crafty: No Sew Curtains // thegoldbrickroad.comAfter I cut them, I folded over the cut edge about 3/4″ to match the already hemmed edge on the other side. I just needed it wide enough fit my 5/8″ wide Stitch Witchery under. If you’ve never used Stitch Witchery, it’s the greatest invention ever, especially if your sewing skills are questionable like mine are. It is also super cheap, I got mine at Wal-Mart for around $2.

0217151349aFeelin' Crafty: No Sew Curtains // thegoldbrickroad.comAfter I got the hem pinned and my Stitch Witchery under it, I ironed it flat.Feelin' Crafty: No Sew Curtains // thegoldbrickroad.comSuch and easy and quick project. All I had to do after ironing, is add my shower rings and hang them up. I love how easy they are to slide open and closed. We generally leave them open most of the time, but they are nice to have on an especially sunny day.

Feelin' Crafty: No Sew Curtains // thegoldbrickroad.comFeelin' Crafty: No Sew Curtains // thegoldbrickroad.comFeelin' Crafty: No Sew Curtains // thegoldbrickroad.comI wouldn’t recommend going this route if you really want to block out a lot of sunlight. If this was a bedroom, I would definitely have put up something heavier. I still may add a blind or shade of some sort behind the curtains at some point. Or I could sew or Velcro on a light-blocking panel to the back of the curtains. For now though, these curtains do the trick and take the edge off the sunlight we get and add some privacy.

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