Easy DIY curtains for under $10

I wanted to update my daughters room, but I don’t have a lot of money to spend around the house. Looking around the store, I wasn’t happy with their selection of curtains. Anything I actually liked was upwards of $10 per panel. $40 is two weeks worth of groceries for us, there was no way I could spend that on curtains. I knew instead that I would have to be creative with what I could find.

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FINDING THE PERFECT FABRIC

I found two fabric shower curtains on clearance for $4 a piece, the colors were perfect to match her “No More Monkeys Jumping on the Bed” sign that Grandma gave her. I love that shower curtains are made with such heavy fabric and are much more sturdy than a lot of the curtains I found in the stores. 9 times out of 10 I just buy a couple of shower curtains rather than regular curtains, they are larger and heavier for a cheaper price. Makes perfect sense to me (right?).

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CUT IT IN HALF

I wanted to have two panels for each window, and since the shower curtains are about 5 feet wide I had plenty of room to play with. Simply folding the shower curtains in half and slicing them down the middle only took me a few minutes. I would have been done sooner, but I had two little “helpers”.  There are already blinds on the windows so I decided not to sew a second layer for insulation. I may go back and add one before winter. The dark fabric blocks most of the light that comes in through the blinds so they are perfect for summer.

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A simple hem to make it look neat

I am not very good at sewing, but this was a simple straight line, even I could do it. I also folded over the top, since it had holes sewn into it for clipping to the shower rings. Two seams per curtain only took me 5 minutes for each panel (I’m slow, give me a break). I made sure that the top seam had plenty of space for the curtain rod. I hate it when the openings are too small and you have to struggle to open and close the curtains.

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sit back and enjoy

All in all, not bad for an hours work. I am planning on taking them down next week and sewing a strip of yellow fabric about 6 inches from the bottom to add some length and color. Now on to the kitchen curtains. I am feeling much more comfortable around the sewing machine after this easy project and plan on tackling something a little more complex for the kitchen.

What sort of sewing projects do you enjoy? Do you prefer easy sewing, or a more challenging project?