Adrienne posted about making drapes without sewing. And I promised her I'd tell how I made curtains out of sheets.
I love starting with a pretty sheet to make curtains because most of the sewing is already done for you!
I like to pick ones like this purple curtain that have a pretty edge or piping on the top of the sheet. Then this becomes the bottom of the curtain! This was originally one of two curtains for a double window. After we moved I folded the sheet over several times, sewed the pocket for the rod and this now fits the small door window in our bedroom. Having it folded several thicknesses adds for better light filtering as this window faces west.
In one apartment we had an entire wall of 7 foot windows. To cover these I made these curtains...two of which now "hide" our laundry/water heater area from our dining area.
These started life as flannel sheets.
Fold over the top of the curtain so that it's the right length for your window, then sew TWO seams. The first about 1/2-1" from the fold and the other about 1 1/2-3" below the first depending on the width of your curtain rod. This makes the pocket for the curtain rod.
What's the difference between sheets on a rod and curtains??
The ruffle you made by putting that first seam 1/2" or so below the fold! Honestly, without that little ruffle it looks like sheets on a rod...with it they look like curtains. Just remember when measuring how far down to fold the sheet that your curtain will hang at that first seam not at the fold, so add that extra 1/2-1" in your measurements.
Now, because I'm a sap. I also added a bit of lace at the bottom of these sheets.
And there you have it, easy peasy curtains!
And if you go here you can see what Stephanie did with some old sheets to make her curtains!