Sprucing up a home is an investment, but it isn’t always of the cents and dollars kind. It’s something to do with emotional and personal investment. Your home is a reflection of who you are as a human being -- your preferences, lifestyle, and personality. After a hard day’s work, you, like everyone else, just want to make a beeline for home where you feel safe and relaxed.
Now if you’re the type who wants to have the look and feel of country living even if you live in a city that never sleeps, then maybe making your own rustic curtains should pique your interest.
Mull about this great idea, plan this into your weekend activity, and ask yourself honestly if you can tackle a sewing machine. If you can, then you’re all set.
After measuring the height and width of the spot in your home that you plan to decorate with rustic curtains, head over to your fabric store and purchase a Canvass tie-dyed drop cloth that’s about 4 feet by 12 feet or more depending on how thick and wide you’d like your rustic curtains to be. It is also suggested that you lean towards smoky colored drop cloths that will enhance the rustic theme of your curtains.
You will also need the following:
- Thick thread
- Sewing machine
- Flat iron
- Washing machine
- Tape measure
- Bronze-colored curtain rods
You can now buckle down to work by following these steps:
- Your just-purchased canvass drop cloth comes in sheets that are loosely stitched together. Take the stitches out to separate one sheet from the other while leaving the top and bottom portions untouched.
- Bundle these together and place these in hot water in your washing machine then run the machine for washing.
- Rinse this bundle in cold water.
- When you’re done, take this bundle and run it through your dryer to prevent it from shrinking.
- When it’s freshly-washed and dried, you can measure the cloth based on the measurements you took before making your purchase.
- While measuring, factor in the height and width of the hem and rings or pockets for your curtain rod making sure that it will slide seamlessly onto the curtain rod when you’re done sewing.
- Pencil this information into your notes so you won’t forget.
- Now begin sewing the hem and the rings/pockets using your sewing machine. Do not worry about fringes or uneven seams, this will enhance the rustic feel and design of your finished product.
- When you’re done sewing, slide it on your curtain rod. Tie the sides with a bronze or sepia colored sash as your final touch.
There you have it. If you can’t live in the country because your work takes you to the big, busy city, then take the country feel with you beginning with rustic curtains and some Mission furniture to complete the look.
Just a word of advice: If you are not really skilled at using a sewing machine, you’d be better off having this done by a professional seamstress. You can also buy ready made curtains or canvass cloths that come with rings and curtain rods if your budget allows it. The point is, a sewing machine runs fast once it’s set to sew and it can stab your finger if you don’t know how to work it properly so be very careful.