Anyone else have that notes page on your phone that is an absolute mess of sudden blog post inspiration? Mine’s getting pretty extensive, and I must admit, it’s great for those weeks when you’re not entirely sure what to post. This post has been sitting there in my notes for far too long - it’s been one of those things I have been wanting to make for so long, but other stuff has always gotten in the way. So finally I decided if not now, then when? Of course I picked the busiest time of year to get started on this DIY because I am my own worst enemy, but it did provide a nice distraction from the relentless Christmas preparations (save for a few frustrating moments getting the World’s Smallest and Most Ridiculous Sewing Machine - just wait, you’ll see what I mean - to work properly)
I scrawled the idea down months and months ago when I saw very, painfully beautiful curtains online that were also very, painfully out of my price range. I knew that it was definitely something I could replicate myself (even with my very rudimentary sewing skills) for quite a lot less, so I knew I wanted to make them for our new house. Of course, when you actually move, all of those lovely plans head straight out the window and you end up focussing on more urgent tasks like having somewhere to sit and eat dinner that isn’t a footstool pulled up to your desk. So alas the curtains went up as they were, and the idea stayed an idea - until now! So, here’s a quick, easy DIY that will show you how to update some affordable curtains into something feminine, be-tasseled and a bit more unique.
Some curtains - I went for pink, linen H&M ones - thin enough to let lots of light into my slightly dark studio - and affordable. I’m also swooning over their pink velvet, which I think would look literally amaaaaaazing for this DIY. You could also just make your own if you’re more of a seamstress than me - which could potentially work out even more affordably.
Upholstery tassels - long enough to cover the length of your curtain edges, obvs. Here’s the ones I used, I got 10m of it and had a bunch left over, some of which I used as a little curtain tie.
Thread that matches your curtains - I just used a baby pink that I found in my sewing stash.
A Sewing Machine - or a needle, some hands and a hell of a lot of patience.
Lay out your curtains, and pin your tassels along the long-edges.
I was only using one curtain to cover the whole window, but if you were using a pair, I’d pin the tassels along the outside edge (or both if you’re feeling extravagant). Be sure to pin the woven ribbon part along the back of your curtain. That is, the side that will face the window. I also found it helpful to pin the ribbon a few mm back from the very edge of the curtain, to make sure it couldn’t be seen from the front. Once you’ve pinned it along the edge of one side, cut the ribbon and repeat on the other side. Easy.
2. Sew it to the curtains.
Literally just sew a straight line, down the middle of the trim, to attach it to the curtains. Try to keep it neat, as one side of the stitches will be visible from the front of the curtains. Remove the pins as you go.
Side note: look at this thing. Look at this ridiculous sewing machine I bought. It sews. In a line. That’s it. But that’s all you need! I am an impatient, unskilled sewist, so if I can manage this, you definitely can.
3. Hang the Curtains
Et voila! Done. Easy. And look how cute they look! This view of my studio has always felt a bit uninteresting, but now I love how it looks! It’s definitely has a bit more personality and feels a lot more ”me”. I can’t believe it took me this long to get around to making these, because I do think it makes a huuuuuge difference. I love it! I hope this DIY inpires you to get a little creative-on-the-cheap with your own upholstery ;) (and if tassels don’t do it for you, then how about POMPOMS?!)