May 24, 2011

tie up curtain tutorial

As you all know I have been working on our playroom loft. I have to take things step by step to get a room to where I want it. First was the entertainment center, then a rug and now a curtain for the window. I made this tie up curtain for only $8, which included fabric and a curtain rod!

Here is how I did it:

I went to Hobby Lobby and got 1 1/4 yd fabric. It was discounted 30% off! I measured my window which is 34" wide and cut my fabric accordingly. I cut 4 pieces for the ties that were 5" wide and 26.5" long and 1 piece that was 10" wide and 34" long for the rod pocket. Then whatever fabric I had left was my main curtain panel. 

Next I folded all of the outer edges about 1/2" and ironed them. Then I folded all 4 tie pieces in half and ironed them.

Once all pieces were ironed I sewed a straight line across the edges to prevent fraying.

Now that all edges are sewn it is time to assemble.

To place the ties I just folded the panel piece in half to find my center. Then I placed each tie piece in the center of each half. I pinned one tie piece on front and on back like so:

Then place the panel piece inside the rod pocket piece and pin.

Sew a straight line across the pinned section and you are done!

Now for the curtain rod, I just got the cheapest one at Walmart for like $1! 
It works perfect for a simple curtain like this.

Once its hung, tie the front and back ties together to gather the panel.

Normally I line all of my curtain to prevent sunlight coming through, but the loft gets such good light that I didn't want to take away from it. Plus this fabric was a bit thicker so it bunched up well enough without a liner.

I hope that was simple enough and made sense. Really its a simple and cheap project that only took me about 1 hour total to make. And if I can do it so can you :)

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Not Just a House Wife
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Poppy said...

Wow, this looks so beautiful and I love the colored stripes. Summery and vibrant. And I like your easy to follow tutorial. Dropping in from Creative Blogger's Party Hop. Have a lovely evening!~Poppy

Deb said...

Cute the fabric. Found you on Tip Junkie follower!

Cherished Bliss said...

Great tutorial!! Thanks for sharing at Craft and Tell!

Tiffany said...

Super cute, easy too!

Tiffany, I blog over at

Cherished Bliss said...

Your curtains were featured on my blog! Stop by and pick up your featured button : )

Waseem said...

look beautiful....and I like the fabric choice...

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