Curtains are back. I know, where did they go? Well it seems for awhile there, the design world felt that simple roll up blinds were quite enough. And they had a point, keeping your windows as clear as possible does help make a room look larger and brighter. But so what, if it’s also boring! So whether you use simple side panels to add some oomph to your blinds, or make curtains and drapes your main window coverings… add them. Please. The color, pattern and interest they add to an area as large as  your windows will be that thing. You know, the thing that changes your room from good, to aha? These DIY drapes and curtains are easy to make, save you money, and allow you to create a custom look for your space.

First, a couple of quick tips for those of you worried that hanging curtains will make your room look smaller…

  • Always hang your curtains all the way to the ceiling, and far enough apart that the curtains totally clear the windows when open.
  • If using a solid fabric, use a color similar in value to the wall. The closer it matches the wall, the more it will visually disappear.
  • If using a pattern, use one with a white background. It just looks fresh! Oh, and the white visually expands space.
  • Don’t get fussy. We aren’t talking the pleated, traditional drapes of the past here. Keep it light!

From Kelly at ‘View Along the Way’, make your own look with her striped curtain tutorial! I love stripes for a small room because they lead the eye, making the room appear larger. You could also use a lighter color stripe. I have featured this amazing room of hers before, in our post on Warm Modern Decorating over at TBD… Love Kelly! Gorgeous room!

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Laura at ‘The Soulful House’ has another take on painting stripes on curtains.  She only used the stripes as an accent, instead of throughout the whole drape. This can enlarge the look of a room also, by leading the eye from side to side. Also a great plan for small rooms. Oh, did I mention her project is no-sew? And a Ballard Designs knock-off?

12 Projects for Fabulous DIY Drapes & Curtains

 

Sarah from ‘The Yellow Cape Cod’ went a step farther with her bold striped DIY drapes, and she used a different technique. These are not done with paint, but with fabric and an iron! Oh, did I mention, another no-sew project? Love that! And yes, I love the bold stripe, even for a small room. Why? Sometimes you need a star in the room, no matter what. And they follow my “white background” tip above!

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Ok, let’s go a new direction here. How about this really feminine, ruffled curtains tutorial from Rachel at ‘Maison de Pax’? These have great detail, but also work great in a small space because of the light color and feel. Of course, you could make them in any color you wanted! So soft and pretty! Be sure to check out her photos and see how amazing these look in her bedroom…

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Our next project is from Summer at ‘Simple Stylings’. I love her tutorial for her no-sew cafe curtains! First, cafe curtains are great for small rooms because they always let in light, even when closed. Also, she uses a fabric shower curtain from Target as her fabric choice… I used one to cover my headboard! Great way to find trendy fabrics in wide widths!

DIY Drapes and Curtains

 

One of the biggest problems we have when using curtains is “how do they look from outside”? We are going to jump back over to Kelly at ‘View Along the Way’ ’cause she has this great tutorial on how to sew lined curtains. The neutral lining not only makes the curtains look amazing from the street, they also add insulation to keep out light, heat and cold.

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Want something with a little more glam? Try the tutorial for DIY gold leaf embellished curtains from Brynne at ‘The Gathered Home’. Easy and detailed tutorial with lot’s of photos makes it simple! I would love to see this done on a coral or pink curtain for a “rose gold” look… How amazing is this? And so less expensive then buying them!

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Want fast? Try these 5 minute no-sew drop cloth curtains from ‘Thoughts from Alice’. Easy, fresh, simple… what more could you want?

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Try this DIY vintage scarf curtains project from Kate Pruitt via ‘Design Sponge’ if you want a more bohemian look. Amazing paired with the modern mid-century style chair and table.

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Looking for inexpensive? Try using burlap! This DIY ruffled burlap curtain tutorial from ‘The Caldwell Project’ will get you on your way, complete with tips on how to cut this fabric. Burlap is totally on trend for any style home… The texture alone is an amazing detail.

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We saw this idea for using a braid technique on ‘Houzz‘… Unfortunately, try aa we might, we could not find a tutorial for this! Has anyone seen a DIY project that we could link to for instructions? Share with us in comments!

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Lastly, a quick idea for a creative way to hang your curtains… try using rope like in this photo by ‘Traditional Home‘. So simple, you wish you thought of it, right?

12 Projects for Fabulous DIY Drapes & Curtains

Image Credits: Simple Stylings, View Along the Way, The Soulful House, Yellow Cape Cod, Maison de Pax, View Along the Way, The Gathered Home, Thoughts from Alice, Design Sponge, Caldwell Project, Houzz, Traditional Home

 



30 Comments

  1. Summer August 31, 2015 at 6:14 pm

    Thanks so much for featuring my cafe curtains!! xoxo

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    1. Kathy Woodard September 17, 2015 at 10:21 am

      Thanks Summer, they are so cute!

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    2. Tikisha Morris May 10, 2017 at 8:06 am

      Your cafe curtains are beautiful! I’m going to do they in our kitchen for our window over the sink!

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  2. Suzzanne Barwick October 26, 2015 at 11:05 am

    You know that if you USE liquid embroidery paints things CAN be easier to do some of the painting arts, and THEY EVEN can be bleached and IT DOESN’T fade the colors a bit.
    I used to paint ON pillow cases and t-shirts for gifts. In fact I STILL HAVE a white slip THAT was painted BACK when I was a Little girl and the painted parts ARE AS bright and beautiful as it was BACK then, BUT the slip fell apart after 51years!!! I WAS 5WHEN I started wearing IT and I’m GOING ON 57years old in less than 6 months NOW.
    You should give IT a try and SEE how you LIKE it. Oh and the BEST parts were that ONCE dry IT wasn’t as stiff as painting twice and you are ABLE to paint tiny and large. Maybe NOT AS large as those bold large stripes. I HAVE BEEN using it for at least a CENTURY and I STILL ? using it for projects and making presents with those paints.
    Give it a try and LET ME KNOW what you think. Ok?

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  3. Jeanette December 17, 2015 at 6:38 am

    Such clever ideas! Especially love the curtains with the ruffle at the bottom. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Theresa Lange January 9, 2016 at 2:55 pm

    I think the weave is for a rag rug, I would start there.

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  5. Amy Jackson January 15, 2016 at 12:14 am

    Wow!!! Thank you. The gold leaf curtain is stunning and no sew. The rose gold idea sounds get too.

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  6. Michelle Shepherd June 5, 2016 at 4:30 am

    on the braided curtains,they look very easy to make if someone want to know how to make them please feel free to contact me and I will give you step by step instructions. I’s best if you just e-mail me. I love to do projects like this. I just don’t have enough rooms in my home to do every project I run across.

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    1. katie June 24, 2016 at 8:52 am

      I love the braided curtains. If you have directions, I’d be most appreciative. Thank you

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    2. Meg Austin August 11, 2016 at 3:05 am

      I would Love the step by step instructions for these braided draperies please?!? I absolutely Love Them! Thank You So Much for sharing your knowledge w the rest of us!

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      1. Kathy Woodard September 8, 2016 at 12:54 pm

        Sorry Meg, as we mentioned in the post, we could not find a tutorial for those! Anyone?

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    3. Carly Doerr August 21, 2016 at 7:09 am

      I am in love with these braided curtains! I have searched and searched for a tutorial on how to make these baby’s. I would love some step by step instructions.

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    4. Sharon Jones December 26, 2016 at 11:21 am

      Michelle,

      I have looked at these curtains for some time. Love the way they are woven together. I would love it if you would share the instructions. Thank you so much

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    5. Denise Cox December 28, 2016 at 5:25 pm

      I would very much like to have your instructions on these curtains. Like the other ladies, as soon as I saw them I fell in love. I am waiting for an apt. to become available and would love to try my hand at making these curtains…

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    6. Alyssa January 6, 2017 at 5:06 am

      Hi Michelle –

      If you have step by step instructions you are willing to share on the braided curtains I would love to have it. Thank you!

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    7. Teresa January 6, 2017 at 4:46 pm

      Hello Michelle,
      I couldn’t find your email & I do hope you will check back here & give me the instructions to make these!!! Would love them in my bedroom!!!
      Teresa

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    8. Ana Linares January 16, 2017 at 3:46 pm

      Hi Michelle i’ve been looking like crazy a tutorial, but no luck, I Willem realy apreciate your help with the step by step, my email is [email protected]

      Thank you very much! ?

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    9. Phyllis February 6, 2017 at 7:26 am

      I would like the instructions for the braided curtains please. Thank you for being so kind to share this with us! My email is [email protected]

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      1. Kathy Woodard February 7, 2017 at 1:57 pm

        As we mentioned in the article, we could not find a tutorial for those drapes as they were made by a drapery showroom, but are looking for and hoping to find a DIY version! Will update when we do!

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    10. Meredith February 23, 2017 at 7:49 am

      Thanks for the posting, Kathy! There are so many great ideas here and braided ones are so cute!
      Michelle, I would love to learn the technique as well if you could share with my email, too! I’m moving into a new apartment with a large, three-panel sliding door window next week. Please let me know if you could share your knowledge and DIY magic!!

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    11. Ashley March 3, 2017 at 12:16 pm

      Can you email me those directions?

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    12. Jeanette Teal March 12, 2017 at 7:09 pm

      I tried and tried to figure out these braided curtains. Came close, but was never quite satisfied. Would love directions.

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    13. Nereida April 24, 2017 at 4:08 am

      I’d love instructions on these braided curtains if you still have them!!

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    14. Stacy Carlton May 14, 2017 at 9:52 am

      I’d love a step by step guide to the braided curtains!!!

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    15. Kim Brice May 21, 2017 at 5:15 am

      Please email me instructions for the braided curtains. Love the look. Thank You for your time and any help you can give me

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  7. Jessica June 5, 2016 at 10:22 am

    I do love those braided ones! It looks like it is vertical fabric strips looped at the top and then an extra horizontal strip woven through every other vertical strip!

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  8. astrid luebke January 7, 2017 at 8:36 pm

    How far should curtains come to the floor if you have an electric baseboard heater below the window. Please help with advise.

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