Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Make your own kitchen curtain out of an old sheet!

As we (using the plural loosely :) were cleaning the loft during the weekend, we came across a box with old bedlinen, including a white cotton sheet and a duvet cover! The duvet cover has warm and bright orange and yellow colours (see picture 1) but it doesn't match the colour scheme in the bedroom, while the sheet is of good quality, but it is for a single bed. So, I decided to use them to make a curtain for the kitchen window! 

Picture 1. Orange duvet cover
Step 1: Measuring the Window

I wanted the curtain to go inside the window frame, which is 66cm, and to fall right above the window sill. I measured 5cm above the glass pane (where the curtain rod will go) till the sill, which is 85cm. 

Picture 2. The window.

Step 2: Cutting the fabric
...leaving seam allowances and also allowance for the tunnel for the rod. 

Step 3: The edges: turn, iron, pin and stitch

As you can see in the picture, I used a part of the sheet where two of the four sides were ready--one of the bottom corners. So I only had to stitch along one side and make the groove for the rod at the top. 

Step 4: Decoration
I really wanted to use some of that orange fabric, as I love a splash of colour! So, I made 4 small roses (this one is about 4cm) using a narrow strip of the orange fabric and sewed them along the bottom strip of the curtain.

Step 5: Installing the curtain rod

I bought an expandable curtain rod from Homebase for £5.99. Installing it is pretty self-explanatory and super easy. After I nailed the supporting hooks on either side of the window frame, I insert the rod in the curtain tunnel at the top and I hang it up! 

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