Theresa's Mixed Nuts: Guest Post: Creating Custom Drapes for Your Child's Room from a Flat Sheet

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Guest Post: Creating Custom Drapes for Your Child's Room from a Flat Sheet

How to Create Custom Drapes for Your Child's Room from an Extra Matching Flat Sheet
Custom curtains aren't just a luxury for the rich and famous. In fact, you can make some really cool curtains that your kids are sure to love from an extra matching flat sheet. What you get is an inexpensive way to create fun curtains by using something that would otherwise just be sitting in your linen closet. What's not to love? Let's get to work!

What You'll Need

• 1 full size flat sheet (use a queen for wider or longer windows)
• Fabric dye (optional)
• Fabric markers (optional)
• Fabric glue (optional)
• Sewing machine
• Tape measure
• Iron and hem tape (no need for a sewing machine if you use this option)
• Glue gun
• 2-3 inch wide white ribbon (or any color that works for your preference)

Choosing a Sheet

The first step is to choose the flat sheet that you will use. Plain white is good if you want to get creative and add a design. You can also use some color dye to further customize your design. Kids tend to like an eclectic mix of colors, shapes, and patterns, so feel free to be as creative as you want. Some quick and easy ideas:

• Use fabric dye to create custom colors or mix and match colors
• Use fabric glue to add shapes cut out of fabric or scrap cloth to the sheet
• Use a fabric marker to create custom shapes and designs on the sheet
• Use fabric decals or similar options to further personalize the sheet

Note: You want to do any
fabric dying and add any style and design touches before you start prepping the flat sheet for transformation into curtains.

Create Two Panels

Fold the flat sheet in half lengthwise. You are going to create two panels. If your child's room has multiple windows, use one flat sheet for each window. You can use a tape measure to ensure that you are cutting right in the middle of the sheet if you want to be extra sure that everything is even. Once you fold the sheet, use a hot iron to put a crease into the sheet. Use fabric scissors to cut along the crease.

Note: If your panel is too long, fold it over about an inch or so to make a pocket for the curtain rod.

Preparing the Panels

Both panels should be ironed to remove any wrinkles. Fold over the edge about an inch and press with an iron. You are going to create an edge to prevent fraying. You can either sew all the edges with your sewing machine real quick or use hem tape and an iron if you're not in the mood to sew or don't have access to a machine.

Creating the Loops for Your Curtains

If you planned to sew the edges, that would've been the next step. You're going to need loops to put your curtains on the rod. Cut 6 strips from the ribbon of your choice. White, silver, and grey tend to work best, but any color is fine. Each strip will be about 3 1/2 to 4 inches long. Place them along the top of each panel. You can add more tabs, depending on the width of each panel. You can also play around with the length of the ribbon. Whatever looks right is fine; just make sure that each ribbon is the same length. Finally, you will use the hot glue gun to secure the top and bottom of each ribbon strip to the panel.

Note: If you left space for the rod with extra fabric, you don't need to use ribbons for tabs at all. Just run the sewing machine across the top of each panel to secure the pocket you'll use to slip the curtains onto the rod.

Final Thoughts

Instead of ribbon, you can use fabric to make the tabs. Instead of hot glue, secure the tabs by running each one along the sewing machine. You can also make tiny slits spaced evenly apart at the top of each panel and use shower curtain rings to hold your curtains on the rod. If you use extra fabric to make the tabs, you can make tiebacks. Since these are for a kid's room, let your child have a say in the color and basic design. You can even create theme designs - fish, outer space, and so on - which tend to work well in a child's room. Enjoy your curtains!

Author Bio

George Dennis is president of King Shade and Window,, a home improvement company that helps customers compare replacement window and roller shade prices for all windows. Find the perfect Custom Shades from for your home, apartment, or condo.

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  1. Great idea! I have a sewing machine but haven't had to get it out in a long time. My mom is a great sewer but I didn't get that ability from her. I can sew straight lines and use to make my daughter pillowcase dresses but haven't in a while. I really like this idea though and I there a so many cute sheets to pick from for this!

  2. I have done this before. They didn't turn out too bad either.

  3. Damn there you go, something the whole family could have fun with. Although i'd have to nail them to the wall, as I do now, as the cat would likely tear them down lol

  4. That is a great idea and as it happens, I am in need of a drape right now so I better go make one asap :)


  5. What a great idea! Although I can't use drapes in the house anymore, I think this is so neat!!

  6. I bet kids would love to draw on them with fabric markers!

  7. My sister made those types of drapes years ago, seriously 35 or so years ago. She is the maker of major items in the fam. Not me. Yikes I run from projects.


    I'm glad you liked the dress. I reminded me of a dress my Mom had and her birthday was yesterday. (she would have been 97)

  8. Or little bows with the ribbons if you did use a pocket rod at the panel. Love this idea of using sheets. :)

  9. I'll have to share this post with the Mrs. We were just talking drapes. :)

  10. NOw...if only I knew how to use a sewing machine... :-)

  11. I don't consider myself to be a really crafty type of mom, but these sound like something I could totally handle.

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