Or raise the curtain height in this case. I have been starting at the curtains in my living room for a year and a half wishing they were longer and finally go around to matching up the fabric to do so. This week I actually have 2 curtain projects to share with you but today's is the simpler of the two and thats adding length to a curtain.
Here is a before shot of the living room (kitchen has the same curtains at the same height)
I decided that it would look better if the curtains were at the ceiling height so off to Joann's I went in search of a fabric match. It was pretty hard to find an exact match but the color match was very very close. The store associate actually made a great suggestion to add ribbon to the seam to try and make it look pretty seamless so I decided to go with that idea. As a side note...none of this requires a sewing machine. Arguably it would have been better if I had sewn it, but since I cant sew a straight line to save my life I figured hem tape would work better. Below is after the curtain rods were taken down, and you can see what a big difference even sheers make to a window. It looks so boring and bland, but with the curtains it brings more life into the home. Dont get me wrong its cool if you dont want curtains, I just happen to prefer having them.
Here is what i started with...
All in all I had 4 curtains to do and it took about 3 hours to do all 4...and thats including distractions from the dog and the TV shows I was watching...oh and another 2 for the sheers. Truth be told I am actually going to move these curtains to the kitchen with their sisters because i want to make a sheer valance for in here...but seeing as I used all my fabric allowance in here and the bedroom that will have to wait a few more weeks. Oh and cost on this, the fabric was $13.50 for 3 yards, $5 for 2 spools of ribbon and $3 for 2 rolls of hem tape. Total for this project of 4 curtains is $21.50. Not bad considering you cant really buy a 100" length curtain for that price!
My back is killing me from all the sitting on the floor but I think its worth it, makes the room look taller and it was pretty cheap to do as well which always makes me happy. Do you have curtains you like but would love to make longer? Whats holding you back?!
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