August 17, 2015

DIY No Sew Custom Length and Greek Trimmed Curtains

Alas, I'm back with more details with our guest bedroom makeover! Is it just me, or have I been working on this room for a really long time? I originally wanted this room to be completed in May, but obviously that didn't happen because here we are in the middle of August and the room it is still not completed. I'm not beating myself up over it though because although this summer has severely taken an impact on my home projects and blog posts,  the summers are short here in Michigan so we have been trying to enjoy it while we can. Paul and I both work from home so once the cold months hit, we are literally in our house almost all day everyday so it's been nice getting outside and doing stuff including our Wednesday night kick ball league (and surprisingly enough, it's more fun than when I was a kid)!  So although this room's progress has stalled over the summer I'm perfectly okay with it because making progress in the room feels just as good as when we're busy enjoying life. 

Ok so now onto all the juicy details of our latest project in this space which are these DIY no sew custom length and greek key trim curtains. Last year, I wrote a blog post on how to create these DIY no sew custom-length curtains so I'm not going to bore you all again with the same tutorial. Instead, today I'm sharing how I added the greek key trim to the border of the curtains without sewing, so let's get started! 




Things you will need: 
- Curtain Panel (I used the Rivita curtains from Ikea
- Trim : you can use whatever trim, but I used this greek key trim from Fabric.com 
- Straight pins
- Stitch Witchery (When used with an iron it acts as the adhesive)
- Iron 
- Ironing board




Step 1: Starting at the top of the of the curtain, align the trim so that the trim is exactly on the edge of the curtain. Next, using straight pins, secure the right side of the trim into place and try keeping the straight pins as close to the right edge as possible as shown in the image above.



Step 2: Continue securing the piece of trim to the curtain until you have reached the bottom of the curtain. 


Step 3: Next, starting back at the top of the curtain, peel back the left side of the trim and place the stitch witchery strip on the the left edge. 

Step 4: Once you have put the stitch witchery in place, begin ironing that section. Once you have ironed that section, you will do the same steps (put stitch witchery in place and then iron) until you get to the bottom of the curtain. 

Step 5: Cut the tail of the trim off that is hanging off the bottom of the curtain. 

Step 6: Now that the left side of the trim is attached, it's ready to attach the right side of the trim using the same steps above. 

As I was describing in Step 4, work in small sections at a time by peeling back the trim, placing the stitch witchery, then lay the trim back flat and then iron the section. Once that section is complete you will move onto the next section until you make your way to the bottom of the curtain. 

Tip: I like to use the steam setting on the iron when doing this, It seems to make the Stitch Witchery adhere better. 

Step 7: After you have attached the trim to both panels, hang them up and admire your work! 


 I've been loving the style of hanging curtains by ring clips so I decided to do just that in this space. The bar I used was left in the house from the previous homeowners and the ring clips I picked up from Target.  I love the final look of it so I'm so glad that I went with my gut instincts on this. 





 The curtains ended up costing around $40 which is an amazing price for custom length curtains so I'm very happy about that! What do you think about the curtains? I hope you are as excited as me that this room is getting closer to completion! I have a couple of more projects and items to share in this space so stay tuned! 

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