Drapes are an important component to any room, but they are often a bit pricey, and they can be difficult to find. It is easy to create your own sheer, customizable drapes from inexpensive bed sheets.
Step 1 - Select the Right Sheets
Sheets come in a large range of sizes and prices, and it can be tempting to buy the least expensive ones you can find for your project. A little bit of research can save you a lot of money by helping you get the job done right the first time.
The first step you take is to measure your window. This will help you choose the correct sheet size if you are hanging one panel, but be sure to leave yourself some wiggle room. If your window is exactly the same width as a twin-sized sheet, use a full-sized sheet instead, so the curtain doesn't look stretched. If you decide to hang two panels, add the widths of the two sheets you'll be using together, and be sure that number measures larger than your window's width. This will allow the curtains to hang slightly bunched up, making them less sheer.
Step 2 - Make the Drapes
To hang the sheets, all you need is a pocket into which you can slide a curtain rod. Create this pocket by folding over about four inches of fabric at the top of the sheet, and then using one of two options: stitching it or hemming it shut. If you choose to hem it with iron-on adhesive, you have a very easy road ahead of you.
Lay the iron-on tape across the edge of the sheet and fold it over, lining it up so you have about a two-inch wide pocket at the top. Follow the instructions on the tape's package, but it will involve running a hot iron over the fabric, activating the tape's adhesive. In anywhere from two to three minutes, your adhesive should hold. Wait for it to cool, and your sheer drape is ready to hang!
If you choose to stitch the sheets to create the pocket instead, you may spend a little more time. However, your curtains are likely to last longer if you stitch them than if you hem them, because they'll hold their weight more easily.
Once you have a "pocket" in your drape, you can slide the curtain rod through it and it's ready to hang. If necessary, hem or stitch the bottom of the drape as well so it doesn't drag on the floor.
Step 3 - Add Creative Touches
To add more interest to your curtains, you can create a tab-top rather than a clean pocket to slide your curtain rod through. The easiest way to do this is to follow the steps to create a pocket, and then cut even sections off, leaving spaces between tabs. You can also add your own touch to your drapes by embroidering, or stitching on details before you hem them and hang them.