Bolsters from DIY PillowsI must admit that after I promised a tutorial for how the curtains and shade for the bedroom were made, I had to chuckle. To be honest, I cut a lot of corners and they aren't perfect or the way you are "supposed" to make window treatments. So here goes anyway...
Basically, I studied the big catalogs to determine how I wanted the hems to look at the top and bottom. The top hem is 2". Simply turn fabric under 1/4" and press, then turn under 2" press and stitch. Then do the same thing for the bottom hem only using a 4" hem instead of 2" for added weight. By the way, this does not have to be a sewing project. You can also use stitch witchery or the iron on tape if you prefer. I hung mine with clips. Easy.
"Z" pillow from my friend SherryAlso, these curtains remain closed but allow a generous amount of light to pass through. Our neighbor's house is in close proximity and the curtains are for privacy and texture so I did not line them. Burlap curtains usually aren't lined in the catalogs either. Burlap comes in many colors. I think cream would be very pretty either alone or with a bright ribbon or Greek Key tape along the leading edge. Just thinking out loud.
My panels are the width of the fabric itself. In other words, I used the raw edge as is without hemming. Actually, you don't even notice it at all. This is how you make window treatments in 30 minutes - you cheat ;)
OK, now for the fixed shade...we needed something to cover the Redi-Shade at the top of the window, but I wanted it to cover as little of the window as possible.
I decided 14" would be the perfect length for the shade and I worked with the folds until they were uniform and the shade measured 14" in length. The width of the fabric and the window were 50". So again, I did not hem the sides. How lucky was that? I then pinned the folds into place and stitched each one straight across. Again, you could use other alternatives to sewing.
There are many ways you can hang a shade. The most popular way is to attach it to a 1X2 board and affix the 1x2 to the wall or molding with L brackets. I wanted the shade to have hardware similar to the curtains, so I used black upholstery tacks that I had on hand. Can you tell that I didn't measure for this part, but instead "eye-balled" it? Again, this isn't perfection, but I am very happy.
If you have questions, email me.
I am sharing this with My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia and Funky Junk.