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From: ethibaby
Date: 08-25-2003, 08:25 PM (1 of 5)
I am looking for some ideas on making new curtains and pillows for my bedroom (I will start painting it tomorrow). The room will be completely redone. I am doing a north-woods theme. Anyway, I have told you all of this to ask this question, would it be cheaper to make my curtains out of flat bed sheets or fabric? The sheet thing leaves me kind of limited, but I don't know if it is as limited as my budget (trying to prove to my husband that I can do this and not break the bank). If buying fabric would be the way to go... how do I decide how much fabric to buy? My husband sleeps during the day so I need full curtains to block light.

Thanks for your input.
Donna Rae: :whacky: :whacky:
User: ethibaby
Member since: 08-06-2003
Total posts: 3
From: maps
Date: 08-25-2003, 08:57 PM (2 of 5)
welcome donna rae, when i redo a bedroom i usually look for curtains on a clearence table, usually pay only $3 to $5 per panel the i splurge on the fabric for the valence, i have blinds on the bedroom windows to block the light, although i'm up with the chickens i still pull the blinds every night... habit i guess, i really enjoy making them when i redid my bedroom i made curtains and a shower curtain to match.i found panels very cheep then added a very long valence attatching the panels to either side of the valence, matching tieback and put a binding along the inside of each panel for the shower curtain, that way dh doesn't have to pull anything out of his way when he gets into the shower, just pull the liner across. i have made curtains out of sheets and they turn out very well, the only problem i have run into is getting the sides straight, a long length of fabric and i don't get along :nervous: unless i just cut in half then it's not to bad. as for how much fabric??? measure the window width then double it if you want it full, then measure the length then go shopping, let the fun begin
User: maps
Member since: 06-18-2003
Total posts: 152
From: ethibaby
Date: 08-27-2003, 08:42 PM (3 of 5)
Thanks for that information. I am so used to making everthing for my home that I sometimes forget that you can buy them. After I read your post I talked to a friend of mine that runs a thrift shop and she said she just got in a bunch of stuff, and in one box was about 5 pair of curtains. So I bought them and went and got some fabric to make the valences.
Thanks again for that idea.
User: ethibaby
Member since: 08-06-2003
Total posts: 3
Date: 08-28-2003, 01:40 PM (4 of 5)
Sheets do work well for curtains. Often linen places have bargain bins and you can pick up sheet sets cheeply. They wear well and can go a long way in decorating a room. Depending on the size you could get curtains pillows, and still have leftover fabric for a dust ruffle! Its amazing how much you can do with a king size set!
Member since: 10-31-2002
Total posts: 74
From: LeapFrog Libby
Date: 08-28-2003, 06:49 PM (5 of 5)
I like sheets for curtains because i don't like seams in mine... Most of my windows are double or triple and you need wide fabric for them.. I can only find double cloth in solids and I like prints for my curtains.. Also if you use sheets, you know that they are so washable and dryable.:bg: :cool:
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User: LeapFrog Libby
Member since: 05-01-2002
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