Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Adding length to curtains with Hem Tape

Most of the house has gorgeous plantation shutters on the windows. However, any place there were doors there were no window coverings. This included the living room/kitchen, the master bedroom, and the large bedroom leading to the pool. It is a really large lot so it is unlikely someone is looking in but…….. we knew immediately we needed to have  curtains placed up.

Sadly…..I have never hung curtains in my life.  I did not quite have down how to measure correctly for them.  First priority was to get curtains in the bedroom so that light would not come in when sleeping.  I went off to Pottery barn with a new Gift certificate from the move, but when life got busy it too a couple of weeks to hang up. By that point the curtains went up and found out we had this:

Oops !  I measured the door and a little above but did not know I needed to leave room for the curtain rod as well! (I told you this blog is a someone starting from scratch!) The packages were already thrown out, and between one thing and another never went back to get the right lengths of curtains. For the last year the curtains have remained short but very effective at getting out the light. Now with my LOVE of hem tape, it was time to fix this!

For this project I just used some fabric from Hobby Lobby with a trellis pattern, hem tape and my iron!
First I cut out the length I needed. I doubled the fabric over. The curtains are light blocking to they are thick so I wanted some extra thickness.

I then hem taped the doubled fabric and folded in the ends. (Kitty kept me company on this project. This is one of her favorite spots.)

For these curtains I placed the fabric on the back of the curtains rather than the front. It may look more seemless if you place the fabric on the front, but I wanted to opportunity to take the new fabric off later without any residue on the top fabric. As you can see, I was rather lazy and did not even take the curtains off the wall!

Here is the result! Much better. J

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  1. I just came across your tutorial and I'm so glad I did! I'm adding fabric to the bottom of my sons curtains which are chocolate brown velvet and I was wondering if a lighter fabric would work! You answered my question!

  2. What type of hem tape did you use? I'm trying to do the same thing with thicker, satiny insulated curtains but can't figure out what kind of tape to use that will be temporary. Love the idea of adhering the extra fabric to the back of the original instead of the front.

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