Curtains from tablecloths….

Many of you asked about my new drapes… I thought I would let you in on my secret…
While I loved my old drapes, I really needed something that would freshen up the room a bit and give it that “spring” feel. My only problem is that my window is 108 inches wide  and my curtain rod is 87 inches high. It takes 4 panels to cover the window. Last time it was almost $200 just for some panels on sale. I thought I would look for some cheap fabric when I got around to it.

I was out shopping and I walked down the linens aisle on a detour. A fabric pattern caught my eye on some tablecloths. A 60 x 102 inch table cloth was only $16! That was less than $70 for all four panels! They gave me not only more than enough width and length, but they were already hemmed at the bottom and finished on the sides! This was a much easier solution than buying fabric and almost cheaper.
I measured how long I wanted the curtains and sewed the top over with a straight stitch to make a rod pocket. Next, I hung them on the rod. It took less than15 minutes and was so incredibly easy. I don’t know why I hadn’t thought of this before. You could also do no-sew by folding them over and using drapery rod clips. I had tried that at first, but with having a double rod it looked kind of weird with the sheers.

I am so happy with my new curtains. They are a really nice heavy weight cotton and tablecloths are meant to be washed so I know they will launder well. When I want to change them I can just use them as tablecloths again or even make pillows out of them.

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  1. 5

    says

    Love the idea! My windows are 108″ as well and I recently took down the linen panels I made a few years ago and just kept up the bamboo shade. I will remember this trick for the future when I want panels back, but not break the bank. Thanks for sharing your secret :)

  2. 6

    says

    They look great.I really need a sewing machine.I am like you I don’t like to spend allot on curtains.I like to change things to often and it would be crazy to spend that kind of cash.

  3. 14

    says

    I’m sorry you couldn’t post a comment and I have now added my email link, I never knew it wasn’t showing, anyhow, I want to check these out maybe as fabric to reup a chair??? My wheels are spinning…btw did you see it in any other color scheme? :)c

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