Drapes and curtains can be hard to find… especially if you are looking for a length longer than 84 inches. The limited styles, textures and patterns offered out there leaves not much to be desired. But making your own custom curtains can be very pricy as well. The cost and yardage it takes to make a single drape can make your head spin, then multiply that by 2, 4 or more panels, well you just better sit down!
So, here’s my “almost” handmade way to get custom, original looking curtains. I found fabric at my favorite fabric shop that I loved. It’s a discount fabric store… even better!! (I repainted the whole kitchen and Sunroom based on the colors in the fabric.) Though the fabric was priced well, making drapes floor to ceiling in that pattern would have been too much (in looks and in cost).
IKEA baby! I purchased white panels that come in a package of TWO for $19.99. (That’s unheard of!). I cut the top of the white panels to remove the tabs and added my lovely material to the top third of the drape. If you use your favorite fabric on the bottom of your curtain instead of the top, the IKEA curtains tabs are already there… even easier. In my case, after adding my fabric to the top of the curtain, I needed to sew an open-ended seam wide enough to slide the curtain rod through. You can also use curtain rings with clips to hang your curtains as well. Voila!