How to make curtains using burlap is probably the easiest and most inexpensive way to decorate a room especially if you have a lot of windows. Our family room has 10 large over sized windows and needless to say, purchasing drapery, custom or not, would have cost a pretty penny. I decided to purchase burlap in natural color and if you know anything about burlap, it’s cheap! I had a coupon for Michael’s for 50% off so I paid a $1.50 per yard. I used 3 1/2 yards per panel.
Simply fold a hem (I folded about 10 inches for deep pocket) and pin.
Next, place your stitch witchery (bought at Michael’s Crafts) where you would normally sew a hem. If you find that your burlap has an odor, be sure to read my post on how to eliminate burlap odor.
You can use the stitch witchery all around the sides if you want a hemmed look throughout your panel. I chose to have a deep pocket top hem, the edges frayed on the sides and a small hem on the bottom.
In about 45 minutes, I made 10 panels for this room. If you are looking for a lighter colored burlap panel, be sure to check out our no sew “white” burlap curtain project embellished with twisted sisal polka dots.
Here is the room courtesy of This Old House.
This tutorial of how to make curtains using burlap is I think the best money saving project I have done so far. Not only does the burlap add great texture, character and color to the room, I think it gives the overall room the light and airy feeling I was going after. You can see many more pictures of these curtains in our family room + ”Fall Home Tour“ post as well as how we added wide pine planks to the walls to create a modern cottage feel. If you are feeling really ambitious, check out Kari Anne’s smocked burlap curtains over at Thistlewood Farms. She didn’t make them but boy if you felt like sewing, these would be perfect! Also, did you see our “how to reupholster a chair” tutorial (+video)? It’s a reupholstery “no sew” tutorial and it’s fairly easy, be sure to check it out!
Looking for a DIY curtain rod tutorial? Check this one out, “how to make a curtain rod“.
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