DIY TIE TOP CURTAINS
These DIY Tie Top Curtains are quick and easy to make. You will also feel good about all of the money you save!
Have you ever found something in a catalog or online that you love but think, there is no way I want to pay that? I found some curtains that I LOVE from Ballard Designs, but COULD NOT, WOULD NOT pay $89 per panel. That would end up costing $356 plus tax and shipping. NO WAY!!
Since I’m a DIY kinda girl, my initial thought was to look for fabric to make my own. In searching for the perfect fabric, I somehow came across these curtains from IKEA.
I really like that they look like linen and are thin enough to let lots of light through. It’s hard to see in the pic, but there is a tiny pinstripe that that runs vertically.
The tabs at the top would also make it easy to create ties, and the best part is they are $24.99 for two panels. ($34.99 if you order the longer set) Either way, this makes both sets less than one of the panels from Ballard Design. I couldn’t have purchased fabric for this price, and half the work is already finished. WIN!
I ordered the longer set to make sure that I had enough fabric at the bottom for the extra ties.
So let’s get started making them!
For the new hem…
Measure the total length you are wanting for the curtain. This length will be from the rod to the floor. You will measure from the top of the fabric (NOT including the tabs) down towards the bottom, and then add 1 1/2 inches for the new hem. I usually mark this with a pin.
Fold the curtain in half long ways, lining the hem up on the sides and bottom. Use your rotary mat, guide and blade to get a straight cut where you have marked. (These are my go to tools, and seem to make all of my sewing projects much easier!)
For the new hem, iron a fold 1/2 inch up from the bottom. Fold the fabric up again, and iron a 1 inch fold across the bottom. You can pin as you go to hold it in place. From the back of the curtain, sew across the top of the fold.
Now for the ties…
From the backside of the curtain, cut the tabs as close to the seam as you can. Fold the fabric in at an angle and iron it so it stays creased. Sew close the edge.
That creates one of the ties.
You will use the fabric you cut off earlier to make the other ties. Cut 4 1/2 by 9 inch strips. You will need 8 per panel. I fold the fabric in half so that I am cutting two at a time. I also go ahead and cut 9 inches lengthwise. Then I just cut the strips to 4 1/2 inches wide. Again, I use the mat, guide and blade for easy, straight edges.
Fold the strips in half lengthwise. Sew one of the ends at a rounded angle and then down the long side.
Turn them all right side out and iron them.
Lastly, sew each tab onto the back of the curtain.
Easy peasy! This took about 2 hours from start to finish for all four panels.
Not bad for a $286 savings!!
I LOVE our new curtains! I also feel good knowing that I saved quite a bit of money, and was able to Make This Day Count by completing one of the projects on our list.
If you like the door knob curtain rods, they are simple to make and will save you a little money as well.
These are actually my favorite curtains in the house. I ended up making some for the living room too. I also made these adorable valances out of the same curtains for our breakfast nook.
This is a great project for beginners. You can totally do this!! Let me know if you have any questions, and please post your pics in the comments. Happy sewing!