Monday, February 22, 2010

BURLAP WEEK: No-Sew Burlap Curtains

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Today, the creative juices -- they were a'flowin!
Thanks to the burlap craze that's been hitting the
blog waves I recently bought a few yards when I saw
some on sale at Hobby Lobby for $2.99/yard.

Here's the first of our BURLAP WEEK fun!
I can't tell you how stinkin' excited I am with how
these turned out. For all of you who don't sew,
Here are some super simple steps.

1. Measure your window for needed width/length. I used the ones previously hanging on this window, then added a few inches since I planned to have the top edge higher than the rod.

2. Cut your burlap to proper size. Exact straight lines aren't too important (you'll find out why in next step).

3. To create the frayed edging, and to straighten the edges, simply pull one thread at a time down each edge.
4. Trim the frayed edges so the uneven edges are all straightened up. Once trimmed, my frayed edges were about a half inch long.

5. I then layed each curtain out and used a pen to mark 1.5" lines at even intervals. These mark the slits where you will thread the curtain onto the rod. In the photo below, the marks are hard to see, so I noted them with arrows.

6. Using a craft knife or razor blade *carefully* cut through your marks, creating slits for the curtain rod. The edges may fray when you cut. I just trimmed those where needed.

7. When I first attempted threading the curtains on the rod, the burlap didn't lay very nicely. I think because it's so stiff, it didn't have a very nice shape...not at all taylored to the window. After some Winnie-the-Pooh "think...think...thinking" I decided to try fan-folding the curtains in between each slit/hold and iron the edges down to make a crease. WORKED LIKE A CHARM, giving me this result:

Would probably look better on a more decorative rod.
Some more detailed photos of the finished curtains, once hung:

So, there you have it.
And not a single needle or thread was used
or harmed in the making of this craft!
(hee hee)

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  1. Very cute and totally my way of doing a craft! I am SO not a seamstress.

  2. No sewing? Yes, please! I don't get near a sewing machine for fear of losing a limb. This is perfect!

  3. Girl I love em!! And Burlap WEEK!!! AWESOME!! I have an burlap infatuation....yes I can admit it...