A few years ago I dressed the windows in my kitchen nook with simple white cotton canvas panels from Target. To give them a little more edge I hot glued black grosgrain ribbon along the inside edges. Easy!
They lived and looked great just like that for quite a while. But then, I found a gorgeous grey ikat print at Hobby Lobby and decided to make a new faux roman shade for the window over my kitchen sink.................
which led me to..........you guessed it, change up the curtains in the nook.
I didn't want anything too drastic, so I decided to add a small panel of the grey fabric along the bottom. This way these curtain panels tie in with the shade over the sink, but I still have the airy look of white panels that I love.
This was such an easy project. I had all 6 of my panels done in about an hour!
Here's the quick tutorial for anyone interested in creating a similar look.
1. Start by measuring and cutting the fabric making sure to leave about 1/2 an inch on all sides for your seams.
2. Then you'll want to fold and iron the seam at the top and the seam that will face the grosgrain ribbon edge.
3. Line up the ironed seam with the grosgrain ribbon edge making sure to leave about 1/4 inch of fabric at the bottom to wrap around later. Then hot glue your seam down along the edge of the ribbon. (*Tip- Use a high temperature hot glue gun and work in small sections.)
4. Lay your curtain panel down on the floor and smooth out any wrinkles. Line up your bottom panel which is now only attached to the curtain panel at the ribbon edge. Once your bottom panel of fabric is lined up straight hot glue the top seam of your panel to the curtain.
5. Fold the bottom edge over and hot glue.
6. Fold the outside edge over and hot glue.
7. Last but not least when your bottom fabric panel is completely attached and hot glued on all sides, iron or steam your curtain panel to get rid of any wrinkles before hanging.
It's a very subtle change but I really like that added splash of pattern. Plus, that small panel of added fabric gave these curtains a nice weight which helps them to lay a little nicer as well.
Have you ever used a hot glue gun to spruce up some store bought curtains? I've decided I could live without a lot of things........but I can't live without my hot glue gun!