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It’s Curtains… Or Blinds

By Twistie


We all need them somewhere. They protect our privacy, help control room temperature, and make the room they’re in look prettier.

They can also be tremendously frustrating when you can’t find ones you like in the stores.

Whether the thing you’re having trouble finding is a particular color, the right weight fabric, exactly the length, width, or trim you’ve been dreaming of, chances are you can find what you need to create it yourself when it’s not on the shelves at IKEA.

So I went looking for some good, basic tutorials on curtains and blinds.

Design*Sponge has a great guest article by Brett Bara of Manhattan Craft Room that tells how to make a simple, basic curtain panel like the one shown here. Even if you’ve never turned on a sewing machine before, you’ll be more than able to cover your windows with the help of Brett’s easy-to-follow, encouraging advice.

But maybe you’re looking for something to help keep the heat and cold in your home a bit more stable so as to cut your heating bill. Well, if you head on over to, you can find a tutorial on making insulated Roman blinds.

Judy at DIY By Design has tips for you traditionalists who would like to learn to make classic pinch pleated drapes.

Me? I’m going to give that first set of instructions a try. And I may make things even easier on myself by – against his caution – leaving the selvedge on the fabric if it fits the windows that way. After all, if it looks a bit different… I can always make a pretty lace trim to add!

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