When we were renovating my studio, one of the last things to be transformed were the windows. I deliberated for quite some time about whether to hang curtains or blinds. The windows are not directly overlooked so there was never a requirement to block out prying eyes, I simply wanted to soften the window frames. The black metal curtain rods remained from when room was a bedroom and so it seemed silly not to use them, thus ruling out buying or making blinds. The thought of curtains didn´t quite fit my vision for the decor so I knew that I had to find an alternative solution.
Some months previously, I had purchased a gorgeous remnant of Scandinavian fabric, in a bright, geometric pattern, from an online sale without having a specific project in mind. After unearthing it from my stash, I knew that I wanted to incorporate it in to the studio somehow but I didn´t initially know where or how.
I think that I had initially thought about making simple blinds, however I did not have enough of the preferred fabric for such a project and so I ended up making a cross between curtains and blinds. Both window dressings resemble blinds however they are static and don´t roll up, nor down, they simply hang, framing each window.
It was a quick and easy DIY project, which I shall share with you now. Apologies for the dark photos.
Measure the area surrounding the window where you wish the fabric to hang (*drawing 1). In my case, I measured the drop from the curtain rod, with a width slightly wider than the actual window frame.
Roughly measure the diameter of the curtain rod.
If your fabric is new, wash it according to the instructions, to prevent shrinkage once sewn.
Cut your fabric to fit your measurements, allowing for hems.
Add the drop measurement to triple the diameter of the curtain rod and allow extra for hems.
Pin and sew a hem down the left and right hand sides of the fabric (*drawing 2). I made them double-fold hems to hide the raw edges of the fabric.
Pin and sew the bottom hem, again I made this a double-fold hem, for neatness (*drawing 3).
I then pinned and sewed a tube at the top edge of the fabric, to allow the curtain rod to pass through. If you simply double the diameter of the rod then it will be a tight squeeze to thread the rod. I tripled the diameter in order to make tube big enough for the curtain rod, you can obviously reduce/increase this calculation to suit your project.
Your window dressing should now be finished and ready to hang!
My fabric remnant was not long enough for the required drop so I added a piece plain black fabric to the bottom half. If you need/wish to create your window dressing in a similar fashion, be sure to sew the two pieces of fabric together widthways (remembering to iron the join flat/open) before you sew the side hems along the drop (*drawing 2b). The finished piece will look much neater, in my opinion.
There was a small piece of the remnant leftover from this project, just enough to sew a simple envelope style cushion cover, for the sofa in the studio. I also added a piece of plain black fabric to that remnant, which mirrors the window dressings. Both projects were very quick and easy makes, yet due to the fabric choice are a bold and bright addition to the room.