Thursday, June 30, 2011

Easy no-sew curtain

Lately I've been notorious for coming up with all sorts of ideas and being determined that they need to be done. Some of my ideas are good, some are not so good. A common denominator is that I usually think "this is going to be easy!" I see something and think "Hey! We can make that!". Sometimes it's true, sometimes not so much.

One idea that I came up with is our yellow laundry room. I didn't think about it long and hard, it was more of a spur of the moment decision. I'm actually pretty glad we choose bright yellow. It's clean and crisp looking, just the way a laundry room should be. I decided that I'd like to have a yellow pinstripe curtain for the window and I wasn't able to track one down. I looked through some of the stores where we regularly shop and I even looked on Etsy. Oh yes, they do have yellow pinstripes curtains on Etsy but, holy smokes...they are spendy! I'm into decorating our home.....on a budget.

After having no luck finding a yellow pinstripe curtain, I decided that I was going to make one. However, I don't have a sewing machine and as much as hand stitching can be fun, it didn't sound fun to hand stitch an entire curtain. I bounced the idea off my very smart sister and she suggested I use a product called "Stitch Witchery". It's an iron on adhesive that acts in place of thread. Brilliant!

Thankfully, I found the perfect yellow pinstripe fabric and a package of Stitch Witchery at JoAnn fabrics and last night after the kids were in bed, I got busy.

Cut the fabric to the desired size. Place Stitch Witchery between fabric layers. I pinned mine because it was pretty long and I wanted to keep it straight.
Cover with damp press cloth. Set steam iron on "wool" and press for 10 seconds on each side. Do not slide.
This is how it looks after it's pressed. All nice, flat and secure.
For the top of the curtain, I just folded the fabric down farther so, there would be enough space to slide the curtain rod through.
After I finished the curtain, I decided that I wanted the top to have loops. I found some ribbon-type stuff in my wrapping supplies and secured loops onto the top of the curtain with safety pins. The safety pins aren't visible and I think it turned out pretty cute. Ideally, I'd like to have the curtain hanging by clothespins but, I didn't have any laying around.
If I get tired of the loops, they can always be removed and I'll just slide the curtain onto the curtain rod or I'll pick some clothespins up sometime (if I remember!) and hang the curtain with those.

It was a pretty fast and inexpensive project so, if I change my mind in a few months and want to do something different, no biggie!

Tidy Mom


  1. great job! I love your yellow laundry room, and your pinstripe curtain to match :)

  2. It looks AWESOME! I have plenty of clothespins....let's talk! :)

  3. I love that and had to smile hearing of Stitch Witchery...such good stuff that is...
    great job...I love it!!

  4. Love your curtain. Brilliant! I have a sewing machine but don't use it. Might need to invest in some Stitch Witchery. Wonder if you could make kids outfits with the stuff...

  5. I used stitch witchery to hem a bridesmaids dress.. after a failed attempt to sew it. worked great!


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