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Thursday, February 11, 2010

{burlap curtains}

When we finished the basement, we also finished under the stairs to make the girls a playhouse. We framed in a couple of windows to match the rest of the windows in our house, which means I needed curtains!
What could be cuter than curtains made out of burlap? I added a thick black & white polka dot ribbon at the bottom to add some oomph, and match the color scheme. Despite my lack of sewing skills (truly--this is not a forte of mine, although I keep trying), I am really pleased with the way they turned out.

So...for all you seamstresses out there, please do not look too closely at the stitches. I am a work in progress. :)

  • burlap
  • heavy duty will be going through several layers of burlap
  • thread ( I used black, because I wanted the contrast.)
  • thick ribbon
  • heat 'n bond, or wonder under
  • iron
  • Cut your burlap to the size needed. Make sure you add in at least 1 1/2 inch on either side for the hem, plus as many inches extra as you want for gathering. I added another 10 inches for gathering for the window with 2 panels, so a total of 11 1/2-12 inches for each panel. For the one panel I was doing for the smaller window, I added on about 20 extra inches, plus the hem amount. For the top hem, allow enough for the hem (another 1 1/2 inches), PLUS some to fold over to make your rod pocket. Look at your rod first, so you know exactly how much you need for it to fit through. You will not be hemming the bottom.

  • Proceed as you normally would to make curtains...doing the side hems, THEN the top hem and rod pocket. Make sure you don't do the rod pocket before the side hems, or you will sew it closed. And yes, I have done that before. Live and learn, lol. DON'T do a bottom hem. I used a longer stitch length, and a heavy duty needle.
  • To leave a finished edge on the ribbon, fold over each end and iron. Then you will be able to apply the heat 'n bond over the top of the folded edge. Measure each end to make sure it fits the width first.

  • Peel off the paper. You will then be able to position your ribbon along the bottom of the burlap, before you iron it on. Don't worry if your burlap isn't totally even on the bottom, you will trim it off later. Measure from the top of your curtain, to the bottom edge of the ribbon, to make sure it is as many inches long as you need it to be. Make sure it is even all the way across.

  • Iron on the ribbon.
  • With your scissors, trim along the bottom edge of the ribbon to remove any excess burlap, where it was uneven.

You're done! Hang those adorable curtains, and enjoy! My girls are already loving theirs. I was debating whether or not to do tiebacks, but so far they have been insisting on keeping them shut. I guess they like to cook in secret. :)


Blogger ~Bobbi~ said...

Thank you! I did the burlap bulletin board in my kitchen and I was trying to think of how to do curtains in there. Now I don't have to try and figure it out! You gave me the burlap disease. Totally contagious!

February 11, 2010 at 4:44 PM  
Blogger Lanie Ree said...


February 11, 2010 at 4:55 PM  
Blogger Country Dreaming said...

Super cute!


February 11, 2010 at 5:03 PM  
Blogger all thingz related said...

Oh I love these! What a great idea! So cute! I need something like this for my kitchen window! Thanks for the idea!
Rebekah @allthingzrelated

February 11, 2010 at 5:07 PM  
Blogger Erica said...

very cute!

February 11, 2010 at 5:38 PM  
Blogger Jen~ Lipstick and Laundry said...

Super Duper cute... Lovin' the black and white with the burlap!

February 11, 2010 at 5:54 PM  
Blogger Jared and Shannon Allen Family said...

Once again, you impress me with your talent. Those curtains are adorable! I'm thinking about burlap throw pillows on my couch... whaddya think?

February 11, 2010 at 5:56 PM  
Blogger brown paper packages said...

Shannon--burlap throw pillows would be adorable!!!

February 11, 2010 at 5:58 PM  
Blogger Jill said...

You so had me at burlap!

February 11, 2010 at 7:55 PM  
Blogger jenjen said...

So cute - I love the polka dots!!


February 11, 2010 at 10:03 PM  
Blogger Miss Tiff said...

the polka dots add just the right amount of dramatic pop! nice job.

February 11, 2010 at 11:38 PM  
Blogger Kari @ Ucreate said...

Thank you for feeding my burlap obsession! These are seriously DARLING!

February 12, 2010 at 12:07 AM  
Blogger Miss Dot said...

YESSSS!!! YOU CHOSE POLKA DOT!! Excellent choice! :)

February 12, 2010 at 12:16 AM  
Blogger Alisa said...

Those are very cute! i love the polka dot ribbon!

February 12, 2010 at 12:29 AM  
Blogger Yvonne said...

The polka dot with the burlap looks so cute. LOVE IT.

February 12, 2010 at 7:51 AM  
Blogger Kari Michelle said...

Just found your blog. I am in love with those curtains. So cute!

February 12, 2010 at 9:55 AM  
Blogger The Girl Creative said...

Congrats on your U create feature. :) Love the curtains!!! :)

February 12, 2010 at 1:20 PM  
Blogger The Painted Home said...


February 12, 2010 at 4:18 PM  
Blogger Swimmingmom said...

How is it that you make everything look fantastic? Again, so cute.

October 20, 2010 at 9:50 PM  
Blogger Jaymee said...

Super cute, I love burlap! I used it for my Christmas tree skirt:) You can see it here

December 5, 2010 at 1:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They are so adorable! I like the idea you got here. Thanks for sharing.
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January 27, 2011 at 12:55 AM  
Blogger Waseem said...

The curtain look so simple...turned out fantastic. like it.

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May 23, 2012 at 2:38 AM  

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