Sunday, June 24, 2012

No Sew Curtains and Window Treatment

That's right! I said no sew! No expensive hardware either! And no crazy power tools!
Learn how to make no sew curtains and a cute display shelf with curtain rod
Materials:
Canvas Drop Cloth ~ $10
Tree limb ~ at least 6 feet ~ FREE!
1"x12"x6' board ~ $10
Wall Brackets ~ $7 each ~ look at the directions below, the design of the brackets is important
White Paint ~ I actually had a can of spray paint leftover but any paint will do
A dark stain ~ I happened to have Dark Walnut on hand
Stitch Witchery ~ $2.50

$40 Total {not including all the cute decor you'll need for your shelf}

Where to start..... first measure the window, or sliding door in this case to get your measurements. The width of my sliding door is 5 feet across. So I figured roughly 6 feet would work for the rod and for the shelf. Luckily you can find a 1"x12" board at 6 feet, no cutting needed. And while looking for a stump for my Side Table I also picked up a few branches that were about 6 feet. The wall brackets I found at Lowe's in the closet organizing section. They have a wide variety to chose from.
Find a straight branch and 6 foot board
Please ignore the hideous wallpaper from our unfinished basement!
*** Before I go any further, please let me state while I love decorating the home and trying to have a ready-for-a-photo-shoot-at-any-moment appearance... I do have to live here and the space has to function for me. Having said that AND the fact that my big shade tree in the backyard has suddenly disappeared {listen to me whine about it here} I refuse to give up my tacky blinds.

Start with your brackets. Position them where you would like your board to sit. Since I'm keeping my blinds, I aligned the brackets so my shelf could sit directly on top of the blinds. When screwing in your brackets please make sure to either use anchors or screw into the frame of your window/door. There will be quite a bit of weight resting on these brackets; the curtains, the rod {tree limb}, the shelf and everything you decide to put on the shelf.
Purchase brackets for the display shelf
You can see here I made sure the brackets are even with
the top of the blinds.
Prepare your shelf using whatever technique you would like. I opted for a new technique to make the wood look old. First I painted the entire board white.
For this paint technique cover the board completely in white
Once your paint is dry sand down all the edges of the board to expose the wood. I also roughed up the corners quite a bit and even here and there in spots throughout the middle of the board
For this paint technique sand down the edges
It may be difficult to see the difference between the paint
and wood but you can tell I've really rounded the edges
of my board
Use a wet rag to clean off all the dust. Grab your stain and a brush. You'll want to paint on the stain a few sections at a time.
For this paint technique add stain on top of the paint
I worked in 1-2 feet sections
Use an old rag to wipe off the excess. You'll notice some of your white will be stained.
For this paint technique wipe away excess stain
Depending on the look you want you can really darken
the look of your board. You can tell from this picture
there's still some stain left where I wiped. Leave it if you
like that look otherwise it will take a few more wipes
Here's what the board will look like during this process
For this paint technique the stain will turn your white a vintage color
Sanding along the edges will allow more stain to soak into the exposed wood areas. I love the effect it creates.
For this paint technique the edges will take on the stain
The corners especially look nice
For this paint technique the white paint and stained edges give a vintage look
Once your stain has dried bring it inside to your window. Screw the board to your brackets and you've got yourself a cute little shelf!
Add brackets to the display shelf once it's dry
Now you're ready for the rod AKA your tree limb. So I didn't have bark falling everywhere I did use some sand paper and gently rub off some extra bark. Once your ready just thread the limb into your brackets. This is why the design of your bracket is important. You want something kind of loopy that the limb can fit into.
Place branch through bracket to create a curtain rod
To secure the rod so it doesn't come crashing down if I adjust the curtains, I drilled a tiny hole through each end of the rod. I grabbed some fishing line and thread it through the hole and wrapped the line around one of the scrolls in the back
Use fishing wire to secure branch to bracket
The tiny hole is just to the right of the scroll closest to the front.
I thread the line through here, wrapped one end over the top and
around the scroll in the back. Grab the end that's fed through to
the back and wrap it around the scroll too. Now the rod is secured
to the bracket
Time to make your curtains! Grab the drop cloth.
For curtains purchase a drop cloth from the paint dept
They have a variety of size in the paint dept. This one is 6' x 9'
and I had plenty leftover.... in fact I'll probably make a pillow.
Since I'm keeping the blinds I don't necessarily need these curtains to be functional. So I turned the fabric and used the 6 foot side as my width. This left me with plenty of room to adjust for the height of the curtain. The length from floor to my rod was 6'9" BUT I'm using a couple inches for ties {subtract a few inches} and I'll also need to hem the curtain {add an inch}. Keep this in mind when cutting your drop cloth. The total length I actually ended up cutting was still 6'9" but double check your measurements.
Measure window or door and cut dropcloth to size
Measure twice, cut once!
Once I had my length I cut the drop cloth in half giving me two pieces at 3'x6'9".
Cut dropcloth to size
Here's how to make your hems without a sewing machine. Grab the Stitch Witchery or something similar and follow the directions.
No sew if stitch witchery is used on hems
$2.50 for 20 yards!
I heated up my iron and folded over about 1/2" to 1" of fabric and pressed
Heat iron and fold edges to create hem with stitch witchery
Next cut the Stitch Witchery to the length you need, fold the fabric over again and with a damp cloth press again. Follow these steps for all the sides you've cut.
Cut stitch witchery to correct length
I went back without the damp cloth and hit the material
with just the iron in some places that didn't quite stick
Now we'll make the ties. Cut a scrap piece that's left over. I grabbed a piece that was about 2' x 14". This allowed for 12 ties for each drape {24 total} at 1" a piece.
With remaining material from drop cloth create ties
Grab one panel and layout 12 of the ties making sure the equal distance apart. Cut squares from the Stitch Witchery and press them into place
Use stitch witchery to attach ties to curtain
Make sure these are secure. The weight of the curtain is
going to be on these ties.
You're ready to tie up your curtains!
Hang curtain by the ties on the branch attached to the bracket and display shelf
One side's done!
No sew curtain, display shelf and branch rod are completed
I spent $45 total for the entire window treatment but you also spend $45 for just the curtains...
Pottery Barn
Time to decorate. I grabbed some of the new items I talked about in my More This'N'That blog and few other items laying around and started filling my shelf.
Decorate the display shelf with various items
Books, vintage camera, bowls, clock, and a ceramic dish are a few of the other items I included.
Display the shelf with antiques
Step back and enjoy!
No Sew Curtain and Display Shelf Completed
In this crazy universe we live in I have a total side note here: One of my fav gal pals was talking to me about some decorating/remodeling she was doing around her home. {I had not mentioned this upcoming project to her yet}. She was explaining how she had taken down some old drapes the previous owner had left and discovered they were perfect as a drop cloth. I just stared at her for a minute. Crazy world. She's taking down her drapes to use as a drop cloth and I'm taking a drop cloth to put up as curtains!

***UPDATE***
I've added in Curtain Ties!

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21 comments:

  1. Nice curtains! I need to do some treatment to my living room windows. This will be perfect. I probably won't do the tree branch because it doesn't go with my decor, but it is very unique and I bet you get a lot of complements. Stopping by from Salt Tree. Hope to see you at True Aim. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Oh my gosh...thank you! I have been toying with the idea of using drop cloths as a shower curtain, but I could NOT picture how it would turn out...I love this! Pinning! Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Impressive! I got new ideas on how to personalize1 and create my very own vintage stuff in my room. I really like vintage stuffs and this idea will really help me. Keep up the good work!

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  4. This is a great tutorial. I have a Blog Hop and I would love it if you would link this post. You can find it at
    http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2012/06/natural-hair-gel-and-wednesdays-adorned.html
    It is called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Blog Hop.
    I hope to see you there. Have a great Day.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above
    www.adornedfromabove.com

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing this with "Wednesdays Adorned From Above Blog Hop". Hope you link again this Wednesday.
      Debi Bolocofsky
      www.adornedfromabove.com

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  5. Funny about the dropcloth. You made a shelf much like one I recently did. Love having a no-sew option. Good work!
    Liz

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  6. Love it! I just found you by following a link and when I saw "no-sew" I knew this was someone I could love. I am a "no-sew" kinda girl! I am following you. Hope you'll follow me too!

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  7. Yeah no-sew! Love this! Thanks for sharing!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

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  8. Wonderful curtains. I'll make my own too for my condo. Thanks for sharing the materials and how to make it. :)
    condo philippines

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  9. Know all about no sew curtains and window treatments from this post. Useful information

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  10. A no-sew curtain? That sure is new! I do like the idea of making curtains sans sewing. For one, you can do a quick fix on your windows in an instant. And the procedure looks pretty easy to do, which is convenient for homemakers out there.

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  11. I love this idea! I will be moving into my first home in a few weeks and I have HUGE windows in my living room. The drop cloth curtains will be WONDERFUL and inexpensive to have in there! I especially like the idea of no sew! :) Thanks!!

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    1. Best of luck Dianne! And congrats on your new home!!! It's always fun decorating a new home but it's especially fun when it's your first!!!

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  12. I love no-sew curtains. My favorite. Thanks for sharing at Throwback Thursday.

    xoxo
    Denyse

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  13. Very very cute idea and execution. Thanks for linking it up to Throwback Thursday!
    Kim

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  15. I bought the same curtains from our curtains dealer and they have some awesome curtains like your's

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  16. This is fantastic! Window treatment
    I have sewn curtains before, but this looks even better, and the end result is really, really nice!

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