What do you do when you need affordable curtains? These helpful tips should keep your budget in line.
Tip #1: Make Your Own Curtain Panels
You can make curtain panels by following some basic steps. The process is really simple. If you’d like to have help computing fabric yardage (and haven’t already requested it), be sure to grab my free Yardage Calculation Worksheet.
Tip #2: Shop the Fabric Sales
After posting pictures of our kitchen last week, I was super motivated to get the curtains made and hung. I purchased the fabric two months ago during a big sale at PHI Fabrics in Tupelo. You can also order fabrics from them on-line. Check them out here.
The cost of fabric for this room was under four dollars per yard. Not bad!
Tip #3: Use Hardware You Have On Hand
I used the rods and curtain rings from our previous treatments, so that meant I only needed the fabric.
Tip #4: Keep the Panel Style Simple
Keeping the panel style simple can cut the cost drastically. With no pleating, you don’t need to add buckram. This simple style has no fringe or trims. Simplicity has that look of elegance.
I wanted to block as little light as possible, so I used semi-sheer fabric. I love the subtlety of the pattern.
Tip #5: Make Unlined Panels (not something I normally recommend, but it has its place)
These unlined curtain panels sew together in a snap!
The panels open fully and stack back against the wall. These panels with the plain header offer the most versatility. One thing is the distance of spread when closed, and another is that I can filter the lighting when needed.
I never thought I’d put white curtains in this room! Farm life can be dusty, dirty business. Ha! There’s a farm life hint hanging from the cabinet knob below the sink. Thankfully, fly season has passed, so we’re not fighting them too much right now. But the swatter is never far away no matter the season!
Our kitchen gets more foot traffic than any other room. Panels that stop at the window sills should be easier to keep clean.
The panels over the counter will catch splatters occasionally from a mixer or food processor. The panels are completely machine washable. I’ll run them through a wash cycle and hang them back on the windows to dry. Easy peasy!
Would you like to save money by making your own curtains? If you don’t know how, would you like to learn?