So if you own a home, rent a home or live in a home (hopefully one of those…) you have PROBABLY looked for curtains or window coverings at some point. It’s not exactly my favorite thing to do….it’s pricey and kind of not fun at all. Did I mention pricey?!?! too pricey. especially when you live in a home like mine with (NOT COMPLAINING!) tons of big big windows. I was presented with a few options to solve this problem. I didn’t particularly care too much about privacy because of where we live so my primary concerns were 1) that our home looked nice & uniform from the road 2) white 3) back tab or pinch pleat because of the existing rods on our windows and 4) hung nicely with a nice material. Well that kind of sounds like a lot of requirements. BUT at least I didn’t have black outs, privacy or lined in there.
Now when we moved in….there were curtains on every single window. beautiful curtains and probably custom handmade drapery but they didn’t exactly fit the style we were going for. So I began the search. Google search : white backtab 105″ curtains. That really doesn’t sound too complicated does it?! well there are a few options to choose from but all of them were putting me at around $100 PER PANEL. that’s not happening considering I would need about 18 or so. After that sucker punch to the wallet, I decided to figure out a way to make IKEA curtains work as a lot of other DIYers have done. They have white 118″ back tab curtains for 19.99! winner winner. but that’s a different post kind of. I’m getting distracted.
For our family room, I had a pair of previously purchased kind of sad lonely looking white IKEA Lenda Curtains and decided they needed some love. I found some adorable black pom pom trim at JoAnnes and bought enough for just the two outside edges of the curtains. these are 98″ panels so 98″ x 2 = 196 divided by 36 (1 yd) = 5.44 so I rounded it up to 6 yards. that is the extent of my math skills.
Here’s what else you need:
1. wax paper cut into narrow strips to cover the width of your curtain panel.
3. the trim you are wanting to apply (in this case, black pom poms)
4. the superstar of this project, unique stitch fabric glue. (my incredibly talented sewing mother in law is probably cringing at this….sorry MIL!) this stuff is really a lifesaver though. I’ve tried a lot of fabric glues so that I can avoid doing the tango with my sewing machine. it makes you look like you know what you’re doing!
**please forgive the mixture of real camera photos and iPhone photos in this post!**
next, lay out your curtain panel on the floor or a clean surface so you can work easily and so that the glue doesn’t get everywhere. I did it on the floor. Then, put the back side of the curtain face up. This particular trim has a thick band to apply the glue to so I didn’t want that showing on the front side of the curtain.
then, slip a strip of wax paper between the front of the curtain and the backside of the curtain so that you don’t have any glue leakage going on. Leave it there for 30 minutes after you have finished applying the glue. If you’re working with a different fabric glue, follow your glues drying instructions before removing the wax paper!
Now it’s time for the trim. I found it easier to work in smaller sections to avoid a glue mess. Have you noticed that a lot of the things I do are to avoid making a mess? I am very messy and kind of careless.
Be careful not to get any glue on your poms! or on the carpet. definitely not the carpet. Keep going and going and eventually (if you didn’t screw it up…) it will look like this!
I waited about 2 hours before I hung them back up. Here they are in all their cutie pie glory. My husband isn’t sold on them yet. I mean come on….black is manly, right?! 😉
I love easy non complicated DIY projects because along with being messy and careless I’m also really impatient. So if you give this project, I’d love to see! Email me with photos email@example.com ❤ Make sure you pin this to remember it!