Cheap, No-sewing Funky Curtains




 I love fabric. I think a good, classic fabric can go through the test of  time and still be cool to look at, to touch.

I also love curtains... so how do i go about getting new funky curtains with cool fabric for under 5$? with no sewing skills what-so-ever?? I use pillowcases!

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Step 1: You Will Need

 no sewing skill. only thread and needle and even so, you could skip this and use a glue gun.

you will need a glue gun.

pillowcases, as many as you wish. I bought mine at a local thrift store, they were a dollar each. try to mix and match, or, in many cases, pillowcases will come as a pair, so you'll have a longer/larger curtain.

a pole. try to be creative! i use a standard metallic pole but i once used a golf putter, a hockey stick, a broom... even a tree branch could look cool!

thats it.

Step 2: Choosing Your Design

 i needed a longer curtain for a door frame so i decided to try and match to different pillowcases and assemble them in a T shape. 

First, you need to place your pillowcases in a T position, on a flat surface. the longest one should be over the shortest one. Lenght doesnt really matter since it depends on your window size. Center the longest one carefully in the middle of the shortest one.

Step 3:

 fold accordeon-style, about an inch or so inside the shortest one.
sew (or glue gun) the fold. Do not sew the entire lenght of the pillowcase! stop after maybe 2 or three stiches.

repeat on the other side.

Step 4: Attach Together

Sew (or glue gun) the longest one over the shortest one. the crease should be under the long pillowcase. you dont need to glue or sew for the entire length of the cases, a few stitches on each side and one in a middle should do.

Step 5: Flip Over

 flip over
you will need to glue (sewing will show) the two pieces together, at the seam of the shortest one, from one side to the other, try not to miss any spot since it will curl or show once it's up. It should make a nice clean edge.

Step 6: Insert Pole

 the easy part. Since the pillowcase (the upper one) is opened on one side, simply cut a small hole on the other upperside, so that the pole will be able to go through.

Step 7: Hang!

 et voila as we say in my native french, you are done!

of course this window is not the one it is intended for. this is only for a better view purpose.

thanks every one! have fun creating funky curtains!

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    8 years ago on Introduction

    Just realised the blind looks very oriental. I might try to emphasise that by the type of fabric I choose and possibly adding a solid coloured edge.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Love the idea and the cost ie. cheap. Not keen on the hot glue because it only attaches in "blobs" or "smears". Another idea would be Spray-on-glue, which spreads nicely. Another might be Iron-on Interfacing, either bought in strips or cut into strips from a longer piece. It is sold by the Metre and quite cheap. Well done.