My latest curtain project came in a stack of magazine cut outs from my mom - a curtain for hiding the unattractive crap under things. The picture she provided was of a cabinet-less kitchen sink set up. All the detergent, sponges, and paper towels in plain sight...the horror. To fix the problem a clever DIY-er (I'd tell you who but I don't have the magazine page anymore, I just remembered the idea) used a tension rod and a homemade curtain. Voila! Mess hidden, crisis averted.
I use an enormous desk/table from Ikea as a work space in my office. It's big and tall, so I'm able to store supplies (including a mesh rolling cart, my sewing machine, electrical cords, and a Salvation Army end table) under it. It's organized chaos, but not appealing to the eye. Perfect for mom's idea. She always knows!
To learn more about this project and give it a whirl yourself, click "Read More" below.
You need: a tension rod (make sure it's long enough to accommodate the space you're hiding), thread, fabric, a sewing machine (with bobbin), scissors, measuring tape, a ruler, and a sharpie.
I got my fabric at JoAnne Fabric. It's lacy and fun...and a bit more $$$ than I normally spend on DIYs. I think curtains are a place to splurge - you look at them a ton and they stay up for years.
Add at least 4-6" to the length of your fabric (for the rod, hem, and mistakes) and at least 2" to the width (for hem/mistakes).
For a space that was 28" long by 52" wide I needed a piece of fabric that was at least 34" x 54". I always write measurements down because otherwise I forget them and panic.
I like to write important info like this down on a greeting card so I can prop it up and reference it as needed.
Measure your length and width using your measuring tape. Every four inches or so make a dot.
These measurements (and dots) will make up for any uneven cuts in the fabric.
In this case I measured 34" down for the entire length and then 54" across for the entire width.
Connect the sharpie dots into a straight sharpie line using your ruler.
Do this for both the length and the width.
Cut along both of the lines. Now you have your perfect bit of fabric.
Aim to make each wide hem (the top and bottom hems are discussed in later steps) about an inch wide.
To keep them at the correct measurement keep a ruler on hand and double check the inch periodically (as pictured).
Sew up the two side hems (leave the bottom and top length hems for now). I use my trusty elna 1010 (which is over 10 years old and still works like a dream).
Here are two great tutorials on Wiki How for sewing:
The top hemline needs to be big enough to accommodate the tension rod. My rod was about 2" thick so I made the top hem 3" wide. Bigger is always better when it comes to the top hemline.
Follow the same process as you did in Step 6 for the sides - keep a ruler on hand to make sure you're sewing at about 3" the entire way across the fabric fold.
Sew across the top hemline using your sewing machine (same process as Step 7).
Thread the top hem of your fabric onto the tension rod and hang the rod as if you were done with your project.
Fold up the excess fabric at the bottom and pin it up all the way across. Chances are this will be the same width across the bottom, but this pinning process (instead of using the ruler as before) will correct any mistakes you made cutting the fabric/sewing the top hem.
Remove curtain from rod (hung in Step 9).
Sew the bottom up following the line of your pinned hemline.
Thread your fabric onto the top hem of your tension rod.
Hang the tension rod following the instructions included with the product.
Yer done! Curtains made, mess hidden.
P.S. Sorry for the low quality pics, something about the light in my office the day I did this project made the pictures super grainy. :(