$5 Curtains

I have come up with a super easy way to make curtains, and for super cheap!
I made my curtains out of cotton sheets that I picked up at Wal-Mart.
Wal-Mart sells these twin size flat sheets for only $5! What a steal! You can't buy curtains, nor fabric for that price. Plus they have several different colors and patterns to choose from. I picked white.
I came up with the idea to use sheets because I needed curtains for our sunroom. I love all of the windows in our sunroom, and really didn't want to cover them up at all, but we do need the privacy. I wanted something lightweight and inexpensive and so I decided to use sheets.
I went to Wal-Mart and picked up 5 twin size sheets (1 panel for each window and the french doors). I pre-washed and ironed each sheet. Then I cut each one in half lengthwise. Next, I hemmed all of the raw edges with my sewing machine.
*Note - depending on the size of your window, you may choose not to cut the sheet in half. However, for an average size window like I have, 1 sheet cut in half will cover the window perfectly.
Next, I created tabs to hang it by. I cut slits into the top hem every couple of inches being careful to only cut the top layer. Make sure to start and end with a slit.
The reason for the slits is that it creates pleats in the curtain once hung.
This helps them to look more like curtains and less like sheets.
The sheets are longer then your average curtain, therefore you get that great puddling on the floor. If you don't like the puddle look you can also cut and hem the bottoms.
I am really happy with the way my curtains turned out. They are just what I needed in our sunroom, They don't cover up too much of the windows, they are lightweight, but they are still thick enough to give us the privacy we wanted.
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  • Judy Dye
    on Mar 3, 2020

    Did you hem the edge you cut?

  • Carol
    on Mar 3, 2020

    How did you finish off the slits for putting the rod through ?

    • Fantasia Romano
      An hour ago

      I would imagine you do not need to finish them off it would be too aggravating but if you must I would suggest I thin ribbon very little Fabric Clue

  • Miranda
    on Mar 3, 2020

    I also use Walmart flat sheets for curtains, pillow cases work for the small windows. Look for the pattern with a different design on the cuff, makes for a designer look. I've also used the flat sheets to line table cloths that I use for curtains as well.

    • Robin
      7 days ago

      Miranda, do you have instructions & photos of the lined drapes you made with tablecloths? Sounds like custom for a bargain, with the bonus that you can usually find all kinds of coordinating accessories with Walmart pattern/color groups 👍🏻

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  • Re
    6 days ago

    Going to do this for my screened in patio. It will be wonderful not having the hot Texas sun beaming in my face. It faces the west!!

  • Kimala Milner
    3 minutes ago

    I'm going to use an old sheet and try before I buy since we are in a lock down pretty much. I am just updating to sell!!

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