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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Easy Curtain Fix

{How to fix curtains that are too short}

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With all the remodeling we've done since we moved into this house a little over 2 years ago, we're admittedly bad about actually decorating.  We were so proud when we hung curtains on our new sliding door pretty much right away!  Of course they were still just white, but at least we put up something!  

Unfortunately we eyeballed rather than measured, and they came just about an inch higher off the ground than we wanted.  I kept thinking that I would lower the hem of them a little and we'd be fine.  But I never got around to it, and we kept thinking we wanted some color in them too.

Rather than deal with that though (and possibly have the original stitch marks remain in the curtains) I bought this cool orange fabric to make a bottom band for the curtains.

They could potentially be new-sew, since I hemmed and attached these with Stitch Witchery (how have I never used that magic stuff before? :)  But I did have to do a little sewing to make a band long enough to go across the width of the curtain.

Basically I just took my strip of fabric and along the top I folded down a 1/4 inch hem and on the bottom, did 1/4 inch then another inch.  I pinned it on the curtain at the right height (I never took the curtains off the rods!) and then started attaching it along the top of the band with the stitch witchery and my iron.  At each edge I wrapped a hem around to the back of the curtain.

I'm so glad to have a little pop of color on them now.

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  1. That's such a good idea!! Thanks for visiting my blog! I'm your newest follower!:) I look forward to looking around some more!

  2. You know what? That cheerful printed fabric at the bottom is such a nice touch. I cannot decide what to do with the windows in my dining room and the striped fabric I put up in there to "test" just isn't working for me. I think I need to go with something more fun and cheerful...just not sure what that will be. I see lots of stuff I like online but when I get to the fabric store I can't find anything similar or it's way out of my price range. I just want some soft, light and cheerful fabric to brighten up the room...I already have plantation blinds. I really like these a lot.

  3. I really like this idea...not only does it add inches, but it adds so much interest!

  4. What a great way to add color to a room! Thank you for sharing! Now following your cute blog :)

  5. Steph, I love the pop of color this adds! I made some drop cloth curtains last summer when we moved in, and they ended up being too short, so I did the same thing. They are not as colorful as yours though :( Wish I had found some cool fabric like yours. They look fantastic!

  6. Great idea! The color changes the entire look--I may have to do this for our bedroom redecoration to still keep my old curtains ;) http://redheadedmommycan.blogspot.com/ and http://www.facebook.com/RobugCouture

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  9. Oh that is brilliant. I love that fabric! I keep hearing good stuff about that Stitch Witchery! I have some curtains that could use some help and color!! Stopping by from Bacon Time.

  10. What a great idea and I love the pop of color too!! Thank you for linking up to my party!