DIY Curtains from Tablecloths

Happy Monday! I know, right? Ugh. Well, let’s get to it.

Sorry for the crappy pictures in this post – I am writing it long after the fact and had to scour my crappy archives for photos of the process.

The ceilings in our house are nine feet tall, one foot taller than the ‘standard’ home. Related, our windows are taller than the usual windows as well. Great for light (although our house isn’t particularly bright), but terrible (terrible!) for budget-friendly curtains. We have blinds on every window and then Ikea curtains on the ones that required them. I don’t love them and didn’t want any from Ikea in the baby’s room as I didn’t see any I liked. But there are so few options! Another store had them long enough (96″) but they were, no joke, $100 EACH. WHAT. $200 for curtains when I’m trying to do the entire room for $500?! No deal, friends. So I looked and looked for something budget friendly when I came across a great patterned long tablecloth at Marshall’s by the designers “Colin and Justin.” The tablecloths came in royal blue, turquoise, orange and yellow – from what I can tell, and were in three different lengths as well as round. At $20 apiece I *obviously* had to bring them home to see if they worked. I chose turquoise. After visiting a few stores to find the matching one, I picked up a yellow one as well.

I folded them over the curtain rod and clothes-pinned them, although safety pins definitely work better. Then I left one turquoise and one yellow up for a week to see which I liked better. I *really* liked the yellow better and scoured the entire county for another one but was unsuccessful, so turquoise it was.

DIY Tablecloth Curtains - pin them onto the curtain rod to see if you like them

So I folded it over the rod, as I said, and safety pinned where the “pocket” would be that the rod would go through. Then I went downstairs and sewed a single line in that spot, cut the excess off and sewed another line to hem the excess flap. I hung it up and put up the second one, eyeballed it to make sure it was the same length and did the same thing. Super easy for a super lazy sewer, and they look great (albeit not EXACTLY the same length but I don’t care).

How to quickly make stain and wrinkle resistant curtains from tablecloths in less than an hour.

One unexpected advantage of this little project was that, since they’re tablecloths, they’re totally stain and wrinkle resistant, so it makes them that much more perfect for a baby’s room. Not that he’s really in there drinking juice and eating chocolate but whatever. Another unexpected advantage is that these things came in smaller tablecloths, placemats and in other colours so I could buy up a couple and use them to cover things in the room to match the decor… which I did *not* do, but it was nice to know it was an option. I never returned the yellow because I passed the allotted time allowed (oops), so I think I’m going to make a rail cover for his crib as he chews on it now. And then use the remaining fabric as… a tablecloth. *sigh*

How to quickly make stain and wrinkle resistant curtains from tablecloths in less than an hour.

One thing they don’t do very well is block the light. We already had a shade on the window that we pull down for nap time (the shade plus the curtains was still less than ONE long curtain from the stores I looked at), so we didn’t really need blackout curtains, just something decorative to make Mom happy. And happy she is.

How to quickly make stain and wrinkle resistant curtains from tablecloths in less than an hour.

How to quickly make stain and wrinkle resistant curtains from tablecloths in less than an hour.

THE COST

Each tablecloth was $20, so $40 total for those. Then the pull-down blind was $20, so $60 to dress the window all in total.

What do you think? Leave me a comment!

Sarah

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