It had been a while since I continued on with my craft studio makeover posts in my new house. If you missed it you can read post 1, 2, and 3 before you start to read this. Well today I am talking window treatments. In my old craft studio space I had purchased some IKEA Janette curtains (no longer available). My ceilings were only 8 feet in my old house. In my new house they are 9 feet which means short curtains. Boo! I really loved the curtains still and with all the white cabinetry in my studio I really wanted to add some color to the room. After contemplating new curtains, I decided to use what I had and just add a panel to add some length to it.
1. To begin I cut my curtain top 14” from the top edge.
2. I grabbed some blue canvas cloth from Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores and I cut that to 12”. I wanted my panel to be 11” with a 1/2” seam allowance on both sides. I started to seam rip the two edges of my curtain in order to sew the blue panel on.
3. With right sides together I pinned my new fabric to the panel top and sewed with a 1/2” seam allowance. Then I hung my curtain back in place.
4. Next I measured from the bottom of my blue panel to the floor and added 1/2” for seam allowance. I cut the top of the bottom of my IKEA curtain (you want to keep the bottom seam in tact) to that size. I pinned right sides together and sewed with a 1/2” seam allowance.
5. Lastly I pressed all my seams and refolded the edges I seam ripped. Then all I had to do was sew the sides up and repeat that for the other curtain. And honestly, I think I like them more with the panel in them than I did before.
I think it was actually easier to do it this way than to add a length to the bottom because then I would have had to redo the hem at the bottom.
Here are a few more curtain posts…some of which happen to be IKEA curtain panels. Click on the image to be taken directly to the post.