It’s curtains for me! (and you!)
November 3, 2008
After relegating all but one set of came-with-the-house venetian blinds to the crawlspace, I was more than set to go all-curtain, all the time.
I’d been struggling with what kind of window dressing to use for this little window off the office room: cafe curtain? Roller blind? Those gel stickums shaped like Santa Claus? I was stuck with indecision. Enter ReadyMade, a DIY’ers dream mag, a copy of which I picked up for free at Bumbershoot. The August/September issue featured a whole article on curtains. W00t!, as they say.
I liked their Modular Drapes project, which requires only two tension rods and fabric cut to fit your window (aside from a sewing machine, measuring tape, scissors, standard trappings of seaming, blah, blah, blah). This project bears a difficulty rating of “cro-magnon” (I’m not joking; there’s a highlighted image of a cro-magnon man next to the directions in the mag), so I figured it’d be a snap, considering my mad skillz with sewing straight lines on my little Brother. Here’s the finished product, both open and closed:
Holy Roman shade it isn’t, but a close approximation thereof: a faux bois-patterned, movable shade that provides some privacy, but lets the sunshine in. It’s easy! All you gotta do is:
- Measure your window. Duh.
- Mark those measurements on your fabric, adding a 1″ seam allowance to the sides, and a 2.5″ allowance on the top an bottom (more if your tension rods are bigger).
- Now, with the wrong side of the fabric facing you, fold the sides under .5″ and then .5″ again, thereby creating a clean, .5″ edge. Iron this edge in place, and stitch down.
- Fold the top and bottom edges as with the sides, but don’t stitch; instead, fold them up to create tube or pocket through which you’ll thread the tension rod. Stitch down.
- Thread said tension rods. Stick it in your window.
- Do a little dance.
Or, if you’re not into this pattern, check out ReadyMade’s curtain archive. Then do a little dance.