Now that we’ve finally managed to reinstate the period architrave around the window in our guest bedroom (and have now also added the last bits of picture rail, too), it was about time that we finish the curtains, too. I’d been planning to personalise the curtains when I bought them but like so many projects around here it’s taken us a bit longer that we would have liked to get round to actually doing it.
When designing a room, we’ve learned that a combination of colour, texture and pattern are important to make a room come together and work well as a whole. Think smooth and rough, shiny and matt, soft and hard. Overall we love how this room has turned out, but a bit of extra colour and pattern seemed like a good idea and the curtains seemed like the perfect surface to add a bit of interest to.
We always have a rough idea of what we’d like our room to look like when it’s finished, but due to real life budgets, our rooms tend to develop over time which inevitably means that we often don’t get round to adding the finishing and personal touches until long after we applied the first coat of paint.
One of those projects that we just never seemed to get round to finishing was the curtains in our guest bedroom.
They were fine and there was absolutely nothing wrong with them, but they were just a bit boring, which is why we decided to give them a colourful update and this is how they turned out!
The stripes add a bit of colour and pattern to the otherwise plain and let’s face it, rather boring curtains and they were really easy to make, too!
If you’d like to give your curtains a similar update, this is what you’ll need:
- Hemming web (this is the one we used)
- Ribbon (We used this grosgrain ribbon)
- Iron & ironing board
This is how we made them:
- Start by ironing your curtains. Make sure that they are completely flat and smooth. Any wrinkles will just make things more difficult in the next steps. Then work out the design you’d like on your curtian.
- Using the edge of the curtain as a guide for measuring, place the hemming web between the ribbon and the curtain fabric and attach it with some needles.
Keep measuring to keep an equal distance from the edge as you work your way along the length of the curtains. Make sure that the iron on tape is completely hidden under the ribbon. We found it easiest to just hold the tape and ribbon in place by sticking a needle straight through the layers and into the padding on the ironing board, pinning everything down.
If you’d rather sew the tape into place, you’ll obviously have to attach the tape more securely, but as we just ironed it on, this quick pinning method worked great for us.
- Once you’ve attached the vertical strips of ribbon, it’s time to start ironing them into place. Working our way along the curtains, we carefully ironed the ribbon, double checking our measurements as we worked our way along the curtain.
- Once the first strip of ribbon is ironed on, you can measure, pin and iron on the next one and so on. Just keep ironing on more strips until you’ve completed your design.
I’m the first to admit that I’m not great with a sewing machine, so using hemming web was really our only option. Overall we found that it stuck everything together well, but in some areas it did need a lot of ironing to get everything sticking together as it should. If you’re any good with a sewing machine I’d be tempted to sew the ribbon on.
We can now officially call this room finished! I love ticking items of my to-do list, but being able to cross off a whole room is an amazing feeling. Renovating a house, especially when you’re trying to do as much of it as you can yourself, takes such a long time – longer than we’d ever anticipated – but when we look at the before and after pictures it makes all of our hard work seem worth it!
Do you have projects planned that you never seem to get round to doing? Do you have rooms in your home that you’d call “completely finished”? Do you love looking at before and after house pictures, too?