I have always loved sheer curtains. The way the almost glow as they diffuse bright sunlight. How the float and dance on the breeze of an open window! And the way they modestly create a cozy seclusion at night. Sheer curtains are ethereal, practical and cheap!! But let’s face it, they can also be a little… yawn… boring! I wanted to inexpensively change out my family room curtains for spring and summer and thought sheers would be a fun switch. So I updated some sheer curtains and gave them a burlap-infused makeover! Come on, I’ll show you how…
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Now, let’s talk about these fun, updated sheer curtains!
Here are the curtains I had on the family room windows before… They are linen and I painted them with chalk paint a few years back. However, they have gotten limp and need a good dry cleaning and starching!
And here’s my updated shears! I think the sheers totally changed the look of my family room!
I made all four panels for under $40.00. Yes!!!! What a bargain!
The sheers came from WalMart and cost $4.87 a panel (I’m doing my happy dance, you just can’t see me). I bought 8 panels because I used 2 sheers per panel.
They are wonderfully made and worked perfectly. The burlap came from my “burlap box” so it cost me nothing! Don’t you love a great bargain?
It took less than an hour to make each panel and hang them.
If you can sew a straight line, you can make these. And here’s another great thing about these updated sheers, you can also use this technique if you have curtains that are too short for your windows!
My ceilings are 9 feet and the sheers I bought were 84 inches. They worked great for adding extra fabric to the top of them.
Let’s make some very cute, updated sheer curtains!
The length of sheers and the amount of burlap you will need is specific to your window. Just measure carefully. You might want to work this all out on paper before you begin. It’s pretty easy, but I like to double check everything… Remember, measure twice, cut once!
- sheer curtains (2 per updated curtain)
- burlap (two types)
- Scissors, measuring tape, sewing machine.
First measure how long you want your curtains to be when they are finished. You will need to figure out how long you want your top border to be and how long your sheers will be. Be sure to calculate seam allowances into your measurments. I used 1/2 inch seam allowences for all seams.
Cut the plain burlap first. Cut one length of plain burlap 1 and 1/2 times as wide as your window and as long as you have determined for the top of your curtain. Remember to add in seam allowances.
Next, cut the patterned burlap the same width as the plain burlap and as long as you want it to be. Again, add in seam allowances.
2. Putting right sides together sew one long raw edges of the plain burlap to one raw long edge of the patterned burlap. Use a 1/2 inch seam allowance. If you are using a burlap with a print on it make sure that when the pieces are sewn together that the print is right side up!
3. Open up the burlap and press the seams. This is the top part of your curtain.
Now, turn over 1/2 inch of burlap along the top long length of plain burlap to the wrong side and sew to have a finished seam.
Finish the edges on the two width sides like the top (instructions above).
4. Calculate how long you need the sheer curtain to be and add 1/2 inches. Cut the curtain to the proper length, if needed. You will need 2 sheers for 1 curtain panel.
Sew a long stitch seam 1/2 inch below the top of the sheer curtain. Gather the curtain and pin it right sides together with the edge of the printed fabric. YOU WILL ONLY PIN IT TO HALF OF THE WIDTH OF THE CURTAIN.
Follow direction 4 again using a second sheer panel.
You will have 2 gathered panels and pinned them to the right side of the printed fabric along the edge.
Sew them together using a 1/2 inch seam allowance.
5. Press and hang!
Done!!! I love sheer curtains and their ability to lighten and brighten up a room. Perfect for spring and summer!
Are there some windows in your home that need pretty new, upscaled curtains? Why not make them sheer!
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