This is a free DIY tutorial for making a farmhouse window treatment using an IKEA curtain. The tutorial is shared by Candace of T&C Crafters for On Rockwood Lane.
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It’s me, Candace, with T&C Crafters! I’m so excited to have the opportunity to share a fun DIY tutorial with you today!
Back in 2017, my husband and I bought our first home. It was a builder-grade townhouse that I wanted to decorate with a farmhouse theme. I installed a curtain rod above our kitchen window shortly after we moved in, but despite my best efforts, I was unable to find a curtain that I liked and that fit our extra-wide kitchen window. I knew that to get the look that I wanted in an appropriate size, I was going to have to make a curtain myself, but I figured that would be a “later” project.
We had purchased curtains for almost every other window in our house at IKEA. For our bedroom, we bought a pair of Lejongap curtains that were supposed to be light filtering. However, they were much more see-through than we expected. After waking up to a little too much morning sun for a few weeks, I finally decided that I wanted to make our bedroom curtains room darkening, so I set out to find a pair of room darkening panels to put behind the curtains. During that process, I actually found out it was cheaper to just buy brand new room darkening curtains rather than install the liners.
This left me with two gray linen panels that were the perfect size for my kitchen window! After some measuring, I headed off to my sewing machine to see if the idea in my head would work, and I’m thrilled to say that it did! If you are interested in making a similar kitchen window treatment, I have included a tutorial below. I hope you love these curtains just as much as I do!
- 1 Pair of Lejongap Curtains from IKEA
- Thread in a Matching Color (Medium Gray)
- Sewing Machine
- Scissors – These are my favorite kind
- Sewing Needle
- Quilting Ruler – The one I used is similar to this one
- Cutting Mat – This is the kind that I used
- Rotary Cutter
- Heat n Bond Hem Tape
I began by hanging one panel of the curtains up on my installed curtain rod in my kitchen window. I noticed that I would need to hem the curtain to be about half as long for it to hang to the bottom of the trim on the window. Because the curtain does not actually hang down, I figured that folding it in half would be sufficient.
I folded the bottom of the curtain up so that the bottom hem met the bottom of the white hanging portion of the curtain. I then used my sewing machine to sew the two pieces together with right sides facing out. When I got to the end, I realized that the curtain was not exactly a rectangle, so I folded the excess under and sewed to the end so that no extra fabric was hanging out the side.
To make the pieces that would tie the curtain up, I folded the other curtain panel in half width-wise and used my rotary cutter, cutting mat, and quilter’s ruler to cut four pieces that were 6″ wide and as long as the width of the curtain. When I started, I had originally cut off the bottom hem so I would have a straight edge without any additional seams.
I then took each of the four long pieces and folded them in half width-wise with the wrong sides facing out. I sewed the edges together all the way down the cut edge to make a tube. When I finished sewing all the panels, I carefully flipped them right-side out.
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For the tubes that I created, I ironed each piece flat so that I had four long, flat pieces. I then used a small piece of the the hem tape to close the top and bottom of each piece.
I then positioned the long pieces on top of the curtain where I wanted them to go. I put one piece on the front of the curtain and one on the back, the same distance in from the edge. I secured the pieces with a small amount of hem tape prior to sewing them on.
I used the third hanging loop in from the side as a reference point for where to attach the ties. I did the same thing on the other side of the curtain as well.
Once I had all of the ties secured with hem tape, I used a needle and thread to hand stitch the ties in place. Because the tie in the front and the back were the same distance in from the edge of the curtain, I was able to sew front to back and secure both ties at once. I chose to hand sew this so I would get a neater, more finished look than I felt the sewing machine would provide.
To tie up the curtain, I la
I then hung the curtain up on my curtain rod, and adjusted the material until it hung how I liked it.
I absolutely love how it turned out, and I think it really adds a farmhouse touch to my kitchen window!
Let me know what you think in the comments below! I am happy to answer any questions you have as well!
If you decide to make a curtain like this, I would love to see your finished project! Be sure to tag @tandc_crafters and @onrockwoodlane on social media so we can see your finished curtains!!
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