I’ve been meaning for weeks, no months, to get around to making my boyfriend “Sugar” – the nickname his college lacrosse team gave him – some curtains for his bedroom. I knew it was at least possible, since my mom has made a lot of the curtains throughout our house and I’m not embarrassed by them or anything. The only catch was that I just didn’t want to spend a bunch of money on some nice fabric when I didn’t know if my sewing skills still existed from 7th grade Home-Ec class ohhh roughly 10 years ago…
Well, I learned my
cheapness frugality from my mother, who suggested using some old sheets as test curtains. “Well, that’s an awesome idea!!”, I thought to myself. After all, I had tons of old sheets from college, since for some reason I found it necessary to buy a new color every year. I thought the only slight difficulty would be the fabric type – jersey (aka T-shirt material). Super comfy, but super stretchy and I wasn’t sure how my shears and the sewing machine would like that. I figured to make it a little sturdier and frankly better looking, I’d do 2 ply with green and creme. Well, if you read my previous blog, you would know that with me… it always turns into a little more than it needs to be…
Step 1: Find sheets. Splendid! I’ve found a brown sheet, green sheet, and cream-colored sheet. Sugar hates green so that’s out.. but wait, oh crap – this brown sheet is fitted. Green it is! I’ll just hide it with the cream-colored one over top.. he’ll neeeever know..
Step 2: Measure (twice) and cut (once). I already knew my measurements and planned the cut so that the big hem of the sheet would hang at the bottom of my curtain. No need to fix or hem the bottom because it’s already done. Since the green would be the bottom layer of my curtain, I cut the cream-colored sheet about 2 inches shorter so that the green would show through with a nice layering effect.
Step 3: Spend 10 minutes remembering how to insert the bobbin correctly. Spend another 5 minutes trying to remember the correct path of the thread through the 810249 slots, holes, and turns of the sewing machine. Spend 5 more minutes trying to get the machine to run, then realize you did not turn it on. Proceed to sew the veeeery top of the sheets together (bad sides together), then invert and press with an iron to get a nice even top edge.
Step 4: Wonder why it has taken 2 hours to sew one straight line. Become slightly annoyed at how taxing measuring and pinning is.
Step 5: I decide to leave 1.5 inches of space between the top hem and the top line of the space where the curtain rod would go through – with the expectation that there would be some lovely ruffling going on once it’s up. Siiiigh, a tiresome decision, as I had to then measure 1.5 inches from the top hem all the way across (parallel to the top edge of the curtain) then pin, then sew.
Step 6: Sew another straight line parallel to the top hem/parallel to my second line of stitches to close off the bottom of the space where the curtain rod would go. I chose 1.5 inches.. it seemed like a pretty standard amount of space for a curtain rod to fit through, based off of going through my house measuring other curtains with my purple plastic ruler from the 3rd grade.
Step 7: Finally done! I admire my handiwork for quite some time. 3 long rows of stitching and 3 hours later is advanced work (not). I am vair crafty and used green thread for my top thread and white for the bobbin. I planned my sewing so that the green thread would show on the cream fabric and the white thread on the green sheet, making for some rather chic stitches.
Making your own curtains is seriously easy and seriously fresh. I would be the first to tell you that sewing is not one of my great talents in life.. but if you find some sheets that you aren’t using anymore, you can create something fully functional in just one afternoon. The only expense would be finding a curtain rod but, lucky for Sugar, I had one of those from college too that I handed over with the curtains later that evening. This project literally cost me $0 and just a few hours of my time.. how fresh is that?