Hey there! My name is Karen and you can normally find me over at Karen At Home.
I love Stacy and her ‘Not Just a House Wife Blog’ so it is very exciting to be able to be here today and share an easy DIY tutorial for your home with Stacy’s amazing readers.
In 2007, my husband and I built a new home in a master planned community. Decorating it and making it our own has become passion of mine. As a busy Mom of a 16 month old girl, I am always looking for ways to save time and money when starting a decorating project.
A few weeks ago, I purchased drapery panels for our large set of windows in our Great room. This particular area of our home was challenging because I had to come up with FIVE panels to cover all of the windows. Five panels can add up quickly and be rather expensive. Purchasing custom made panels was just out of the question. So I decided to go with a 84″ inch two tone grommet panel from Bed, Bath and Beyond. The only problem was that I needed 86″ inch panels. The length of the top of our windows to the floor was over 86″ inches long and 84″ panels would look like flood pants on a 8 year old little boy. Nothing drives me more crazy then drapes that don’t hit the floor. So I decided to do a little customization of my own for very little time and money. And it was so simple and easy that anyone can do it!
What You Need:
White fabric pencil
Here is a close up, way too much molding showing at the bottom. Here is what you can do to fix it.
1. Measure how much space you have from the bottom of the curtain to the floor. In my case, I had a little over two inches.
2. Examine your hem to make sure you have enough material to cover what you need. I didn’t even have to measure to see that I had plenty of material to work with.
3. I took cuticle scissors and cut the hem, one little stitch at a time. This was probably the most time consuming part, however, I became a more efficient as I found my groove.
8. You will now have measure the bottom. I folded over an inch of material which was the desired length in which I measure in Step 5. I marked every ten inches with a fabric pencil and measured to be sure the whole bottom length of the drape was folded over evenly at one inch.
9. I held each measured ten inch section with binder clips. I felt binder clips were a lot easier to use than pins and they allowed me to easily place the hemming tape underneath the hem. Repeat Step 7 by measuring and cutting sections of hemming tape and inserting them under your folded hem. Iron the hemming tape into place until it has fully bonded with the fabric. Let the drape cool and then hang!
Karen is a mom of 16 month old Jillian. She loves to blog about her baby girl, home decor, DIY Tips and Tutorials, recipes, and health and fitness. You can connect with Karen at:
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