Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Tablecloth to curtain ~

I recently posted about making some changes to our dining room.  You can check that post out here.  After painting the room a mossy green, I moved on to updating the curtains.  The curtains in our dining room have always matched the curtains in our living room because the rooms open up to each other.  This meant 4 new panels that are both 96"+ in length.  This can get pricey for curtains so I got creative with this tablecloth.

This is a tablecloth from Cost Plus World Market.  It was 60" x 90". 

My curtain panels needed to be 96"+ so I bought 4 natural colored 54" x 84" curtains and
cut the tablecloth in fourths to add to them.  This gave me roughly 22'" to add to each panel.

I layed this 60" piece next to the 54" panel and determined how much 
width I needed to cut in order to have it equal 54".

Once I hemmed the width to match, I trimmed the top rod pocket seam from the 
panel in order to have a smooth end to attach the two pieces of fabric.

 Is this making sense?   

The two pieces were ready to be sewn together.
This is the outcome of that seam.

I added the rod pocket and was done.

The nice part about this project was there was very little sewing because
I already had the bottom hem (they still need ironing). 

I like the way they puddle.
And, I didn't have to do any side seams because the panel already had them 
and the tablecloth had one done (I had to shorten the width on one side).

This is the living room curtains.  The walls are a chocolate brown in there.

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  1. You are so talented Petie! I love that look and that you did it yourself is even more impressive!!! That tablecloth is so pretty, love how it looks as curtains now.

  2. They look fabulous. Love them. Hugs, Marty

  3. Love them and they look so nice on your windows, they look great next to the new paint and the brown!


  4. Those are outstanding!!!!! You did such a wonderful job and now they have an expensive custom look! I used tablecloths in my old kitchen by putting grommets across the top! Not as classy looking, but way cheap!!!

  5. These look fantastic,I love the fabric! You can really get a lot of fabric in a tablecloth and at a great price.

  6. These look great! I love combining fabrics on drapery panels!

  7. Love that fabric. Your curtains look great. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  8. Those turned out great! I like how you lay everything out of the floor like I do. The fabric is really pretty.

  9. Oh Petie, those look fabulous! The bottom part still lets in so much light while the top gives just the right pop of color and design. They became custom curtains without breaking the bank! Thank you so much for linking this up to Inspiration Friday this week!

  10. I love what you did! So much more interesting than a standard curtain. Take care.


  11. I am NOT a seamstress (although I wish I were) and so I do NOT understand your instructions, but there is something I DO know... that your drapes look GORGEOUS! What a wonderful job you did, they look terrific. Congrats, great job!