7.29.2010

Cheater lined curtains

My newly "lined" nursery curtains.  

I love lined curtains -- how thick and full they are, how much heavier they feel, how they filter the light better -- everything except the price tag that normally goes along with them and/or the extra work that goes into sewing them.  Not being one to spend money unnecessarily or sew where I can get by without, I've come up with cheater lined curtains.  Here's my very involved, super complicated tutorial.  Ready?

Buy $3 white twin flat sheets from WalMart.  Fold in sides and/or top to make slightly smaller than your curtain panels.  Use the clippy part of your ring clips to hang the sheet up behind the curtain panel.
For those not familiar with the correct, super fancy terminology, these are clippy rings.  

If you're unfortunate enough not to have clippy rings on all your curtains (like me) you may actually have to do some sewing.  I normally choose to do this by hand so the noise from my sewing machine doesn't distract from whatever re-run of The Office I have on at the time.  

I recently decided my nursery curtains were a little on the wimpy side and decided to "line" them.  I didn't use clippy rings on these curtains, (I used shower curtain rings, remember?) so I had to pull out my needle and thread and get to work while Jim and Dwight kept me company.  


Here's a close-up of the lined curtain.  I tacked the sheet along the underside of the hem on the back of the panel.  You can also see how  I attached the shower curtain rings.  I promise that despite the ghetto-ness of the materials used, the curtains do look somewhat decent.  (At least I think so!)

As an added bonus, here's a little something to help y'all get you through lining your curtains.  Enjoy!

{Excuse the language in the song.  The original video I had linked to was removed, and this was the best substitute I could find.}

13 comments:

Amy said... Best Blogger Tips

Great idea! your curtains are so cute btw love them.

La Monica said... Best Blogger Tips

The curtains look great! May I ask, where did you get the material? Also, did you sew the pom pom fringe on or just use fabric glue?

Thanks!

La Monica

Gloria Fox said... Best Blogger Tips

Great idea! Also loved the video. It was hard not to laugh out loud here at work. haha

Paige (Final Clothes-Out) said... Best Blogger Tips

That's beautiful fabric! It looks great next to the couch.

(I'm also a hand-sewer, for similar reasons as you! We have a window air conditioner and it already makes a TON of noise when I'm trying to watch HGTV. I don't want to add sewing machine noise to it.)

Amanda @ Serenity Now said... Best Blogger Tips

Britt, I love this idea, but I also love you for playing thoe Office pranks. I'd forgotten about some of them...also love the one where they make him go on the roof b/c he thinks he's going to meet with the CIA or something. Got even better once Andy came along. ;)

Brooke@SweetMintStudios said... Best Blogger Tips

YAY! That's one of my FAVORITE episodes! Such clever pranks = great belly workout! I also like your easy solution for the lining. Great thinking!

Hirondelle Rustique said... Best Blogger Tips

What a great idea, I have some curtains that badly need to be lined as well. I love your curtains by the way, so pretty!

Britt said... Best Blogger Tips

La Monica, the fabric is by Premier Prints. You can order directly from their website, but I think I ordered this from fabric.com. I enlisted my mom to sew on the pompom fringe. It would have been easy enough to do, but she actually enjoys sewing, so I let her have the enjoyment! :)

Amanda, I forgot about that one -- it was great! I also like the one where Jim faxes Dwight messages from himself from the future on his letterhead!

TheSmithHotel said... Best Blogger Tips

Love those curtains! Found you from The Nesting Place. Going to follow you to see those babies! Plus I loved that Office video-that show cracks me up!

Jody

Brooke said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm so glad I found you. Not only are you an adorable adoptive momma...you love craigslist and DIY decorating. I LOVE IT! :) PS. I saw that you got to meet your compassion boy! We have a boy with holt international that has a family, and I would love to meet him while we are there finalizing our adoption. We will have to see if that can happen!!

Somewhere In the World said... Best Blogger Tips

Nice to know I am not the only person to put shower rings on curtains LOL Cheaper than the wood sew on ones. I am one that loves to sew but does not always have the time. I usually line my curtains but the cheap sheet trick is cheaper than my lining so will have to get those next time, plus the header gives you the nice heavy bottom hem!

Tea said... Best Blogger Tips

I think this is a great idea. Thank you for the helpful tips. However, as a person of color, I wish you would have used another adjective beside "ghetto-ness." It's offensive!

lisa said... Best Blogger Tips

I know it's a year since you wrote this post, but I just wanted to tell you that I love the curtains! And I'm so glad there's someone else out there who "cheater-lines" their curtains with walmart sheets. I did this with our master bedroom curtains, and no one is the wiser. :)

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