I can sew with a needle and thread, but I don’t know how to use a sewing machine. Recently, I’ve thought about learning how to use one, but just haven’t found the right one or the motivation to teach myself. My next house project is our dining room, and curtains were my starting point. I always have a picture in my mind of what I am looking for and sometimes it takes me years to come across it. Like, it took me years to find the perfect, bright red, leather, tote…and one day out of no where, Dooney & Bourke provided me with exactly what I had pictured! 🙂
So I’ve been on the hunt for a certain pattern and color of curtains, and finally found them. Curtains = very exciting, price = not so exciting…and I’m not in a place in my life that I can afford the Dooney & Bourke of curtains! Then it dawned on me…there is such a thing as a fabric store and I can make my own curtains (should’ve thought of this months ago). But wait, I don’t own a sewing machine and there is no way I’m hand-stiching a pair of curtains! This cute old lady at the fabric store introduced me to Heat’n Bond Ultra Hold. I thought all old ladies knew how to sew and wouldn’t be caught dead in a no-sew aisle…but hey, there is a first for everything! And this iron on adhesive tape was CHEAP.
Now the next dilemma, what color to paint the walls? Originally, I wanted to paint this room orange…now maybe a yellow…what do you think?
fabric, cut into “panels” (depending on the length and width of your curtains, this will vary.)
Heat’n Bond Ultra Hold (same as above, someone at the fabric store can help you with all the measurements!)
curtain ring clips
1. Preheat your
oven iron to medium heat. (no need to fill the iron with water, this is a dry project!)
2. Cut a strip of about 6-8 inches of the heat’n bond to work with at a time. Place the strip on the border of the back side of your fabric and press down with the iron for 2 seconds. Repeat this step until you’ve done the whole side.
3. Peal off the paper lining on the adhesive tape. Fold the fabric over to make a straight edge and press down with the iron for 6-8 seconds until the 2 sides are bonded. Repeat this step until you’ve done the whole side.
(Repeat steps 2-3 until you’ve done all 4 sides of each curtain panel. It took me 1 hour to do 1 whole panel. The heat’n bond package has the same directions for you to follow.)
4. Clip on the curtain rings and hang those suckers up!