After PN reader Wendy Bowman’s nursery-in-progress caught our eye, we asked her to guest blog this awesome tutorial for us. Turns out Wendy is a professional muralist and etsy shop owner. Thanks for sharing Wendy!
Windows are a natural place to add style and color when you’re decorating a room. Lucky for us, adding beautiful curtains to your child’s room doesn’t need to cost any more than the price of 5-6 yards of fabric and some iron-on adhesive. Not to mention, you don’t have to know a single thing about sewing! You’ll also need an iron, tape measure, scissors and a large flat workspace. I used HeatnBond Ultra Hold, which recommends pre-washing your fabric without using fabric softener. I was afraid of fraying, so I did not wash my 100% cotton fabric, but it still bonded easily.
Begin by measuring your fabric panels for the desired length based on your window dimensions. Add two extra inches for the top and bottom hems, and cut each panel to the correct length. Next, working on the wrong side or back side of your fabric, place the HeatnBond tape with the paper side up onto the bottom edge of your fabric panel.
Carefully iron over the adhesive strip, making sure to hold the iron for about 2-3 seconds on each section of the paper backing.
Let cool; then peel off the paper.
Now, fold over about 3/4″ of the edge of the fabric, and iron to create a crease, holding the iron for 8-10 seconds on each section of the hem. Gently check to make sure the fabric has adhered.
Repeat all steps until you have folded over and bonded all four sides of your curtain panels. Clip on curtain rings to each of your panels, and then slide them onto your curtain rod. I used seven rings per panel, but it’ll depend on the width of your curtains.
Voila—a designer look for a fraction of the price, and you can say you did it yourself!
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