DIY Kitchen Curtains Made From A Pretty Fabric Shower Curtain
have you ever tried to make curtains? The DIY kitchen curtains I’m working on are giving me major problems. Maybe you guys can give me a few tips. I found a pretty fabric shower curtain to use to make the new kitchen curtains. That’s part of the problem.
Colorful Fabric For DIY Kitchen Curtains
This is the shower curtain I bought for $2 at the thrift store. I don’t know about you but I love the colors and the design in this fabric. It was calling my name, especially for two dollars.
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This is the window over our kitchen sink and the curtains are some I made about 15 years ago. Yep, I know, time for a change. When I say I made them I meant I cut up a tablecloth and used adhesive hem tape instead of a needle and thread. That’s how I roll. I’m a lazy DIY’er.
I used to sew. Many years ago when I was in school I took Home Ec. They don’t have classes like that in school these days. The class was all about cooking, sewing, budgeting…..everything a good wife should know.
I learned how to sew pretty well. When I was pregnant with my son I made things for the nursery, sundresses for me, and even a maternity swimsuit! But these days I’m lazy, so no sew works for me.
I thought the shower curtain would make a pretty kitchen curtain so I went to work measuring and cutting. That’s where the problems came in. I did all the measurements and was ready to cut it up but the fabric was all whomperjawed. The curtain had been washed or maybe it just got wet from the shower. I guess that’s why it wasn’t square.
I folded the shower curtain panel in half and tried to line up the edges and this is the bottom of the panel. See what I mean? I went ahead and cut the panel in half vertically and cut it to the measured length for the window. I figured I would just hang the weird side to the outside edge of the window.
The curtain on the window now is on a tension rod. The swag I made has a rod pocket. I thought I would use clips for the new (recycled) curtain. I put the clips on the two curtain panels and hung them on the tension rod.
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I didn’t hem the panels yet because I wanted to check the measurements. Am I glad I did. Do you see this?? I measured everything the same. I promise I did. I’m blaming the problem on the tape measure.
I don’t know how this panel ended up like this. The tension rod is a little bowed from being tense for so long (funny) but it didn’t cause this problem.
The other panel is uneven too but not as bad. I took the panels down. Now we have a bare window. I refuse to put up the old curtain.
And I have this mess on the bar and kitchen table. I ordered another tension rod from Amazon. The rod is a little thicker…not sure that is the word I’m looking for.
I’m still trying to decide what to do with the two panels. I may cut up the remaining fabric from the shower curtain and add a valance or hankie type things between the two panels at the top. First of all I have to get the bottom even. Wish me luck. The curtain saga will be continued…..one way or the other…
The curtain story continues……Day 2 of the curtain panel saga and I finished them. Here’s what happened…
It’s a good thing it was so darn hot here in Tennessee or I never would have finished these curtains. It didn’t bother me at all to see that junk on the countertop and dining room table. But since it was so hot and since I was sitting around yesterday not doing a darn thing…I finally got up off the sofa about two o’clock and went to work.
I still had the uneven curtains and no plan. You guys went all out with suggestions and helpful tips. I tried several things and finally ended up with just a valance. But it’s a cheery little valance.
I went through my fabric and trim stash in the workshop and came up with pom pom fringe in various colors I thought might work. It all matched except the coral pom pom. The yellow was a little lemony compared with the yellow in the fabric but that’s the one I chose.
I listened to you guys and started on a valance, with plans to work on panels with angled bottoms.
I measured the fabric a little better this time and pinned the pocket for the rod.
I used adhesive hem tape for the rod pocket and the pom pom fringe. I deleted one step from the process by pulling the backing from the adhesive hem tape and ironing the trim to the fabric in one step. I told you guys I’m lazy.
The valance turned out great. I used the new tension rod to hang it. The one I ordered is a little wider and heavier than the old one.
Next up I tried to work with the panels that were sooo crooked. I cut them at an angle and added the pom pom fringe to one panel. I hung the panels behind the valance low enough so the bottom of the panel hit just above the window seal using the old tension rod.
It didn’t look real great because the fabric is thin and I could see the shadow of the rod and the panels behind the valance. So, you know what? I took the panel down, cleaned up the mess on the counter and table, and that was it.
The panels would give us a little privacy but the valance lets in more light. Do you think I made the right decision with the cheery yellow pom pom fringe?
I used some of the left over shower curtain to re-cover a bar stool seat. The project turned out so much better and was loads easier than the curtain. You can see the cane back bar stool with new seat cover here. And you know…..let’s not waste anything….I made a pretty fabric garland you can see here.
I want to thank all of you for your advice…and for always being here. I have such a cute project for tomorrow. Wait till you see it.
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Hope you stay cool wherever you are. Thanks for being here and have a great week. Kathy