>A question my dad asked made me realize I should probably mention something about this. I was giving my parents a tour of our newly re-arranged apartment via Skype when my dad paused and asked me to go back to show him our curtains.
“Where did you get those curtains?”
Interesting question Dad…
Everything is from IKEA. The sheer white panels were two for $10 and could be adjusted to whatever height you needed. The red panels are also from IKEA, but you won’t find them with the other curtains. Because I may or may not have done something a little different.
I was wandering through the store trying to think of some inexpensive window treatments for our then colorless apartment. Colorless because if we paint walls, we have to paint them back before we move out and that’s a step I just can’t bring myself to take. And fabric stores are not exactly a bargain lately, as far as making them from scratch goes. And I just couldn’t find anything I liked for under $20…a PANEL, anywhere.
Let me rephrase that. That means it would be at least $80 to put some form of colored curtains up around our apartment. Hmm.
That doesn’t fly well with me.
Determined to beat the system, I started thinking. “Well, I could use flat sheets…” Which I’ve done before. But all the flat sheets were…eh. And would still have been around $40 by the time I bought each sheet.
And then lo and behold…my eyes landed on a duvet cover. Twin size, with matching pillow sham, for $10.
Have I mentioned I love IKEA?
I LOVE IKEA.
Okay. Anyways. I’m afraid I don’t have pictures to document the process of how I turned the duvet cover into curtain panels, since I wasn’t blogging at the time that I did this and it didn’t occur to me to document the process. However, here are the basic steps, all of which only took me a couple hours on a Saturday.
It should be noted that these panels aren’t meant to actually cover the window, but to provide a visual frame and some interest. If you want panels that will cover your entire window, I recommend using a larger duvet cover, like a full or queen-size.
- Remove and wash duvet cover & pillow sham. Dry, and iron.
- (Here’s the tedious part) Rip out all the seams of the pillow sham and duvet cover. Some people are talented enough to do this by an actual ripping motion, but I usually wind up doing more damage so I put on an episode of Friends and sat down with my seam ripper, going to work.
- Once the seams are removed, you should have two basic large panels, and two basic small panels.
- Cut each of the large panels in half “hotdog-ways” to form four narrow panels. The pillow sham panels will provide you with the fabric needed to make your tab-tops.