DIY Curtains...From a Duvet Cover!

March 03, 2018

Good things come to those who wait...for something beautiful to go on clearance at Target! Sometimes Something Beautiful doesn't fit your needs, but it is too good to pass up. That's what happened to me. I was on the hunt for cheap curtains, but I wasn't finding anything that caught my eye. I passed by an end cap in the home section at Target and spotted a duvet cover. On clearance. And it was gray and white.

You have to know something about me. Gray is my thing. All of the walls in my house are painted gray. Heck, even we even painted the walls in the garage gray. Gray is my go-to neutral. I should also note that the shade of gray matters. No, this is not a Fifty Shades reference, I'm talking about temperature. Warm grays are my fave. And this duvet cover featured warm gray stripes.

Remember, I was not looking for a duvet cover. I didn't need one. I needed curtains! Keep reading to find out how I transformed this clearance find into the curtains of my dreams for our guest room.



Find your fabric

Get yourself a duvet cover. Or sheets. Find something on clearance! Every time I hit up Target, there is a selection of clearance bedding, and I often see duvet covers and sheets for cheap. The great thing about duvet covers is that they have two layers -- the front and back -- and that lends to blocking out a bit more light. Sheets work almost as well, but they tend to be more sheer. If you are okay with that, go with sheets!

Pay attention to size. Unless you have a narrow window to cover, twin bedding will likely not be big enough. Choose full, queen, or king, and make sure it is AT LEAST wide enough to cover the window. The more fabric you have to work with, the better the outcome!

The standard length of a duvet cover is 86 to 90 inches. This is great news! If your duvet cover is on the shorter side, it will be long enough to be hung just above the top of a standard window and will hang to the floor. If your duvet cover is on the longer side, it will hang nicely from a few inches above your window. I hang all of my curtains as high as I can without them hovering off the floor. Notice, mine are nearly hung to the ceiling. It makes the room look taller.



Cut and sew

Your next move is the scariest. We have to cut and sew. Ya know the saying "measure twice, cut once"? Yeah, do that. Lay your duvet cover on the floor and measure its width. Then, find the center point of the duvet and cut it in half. Make sure you are keeping your long sides long! We don't want to cut the duvet horizontally--cut it vertically like pictured below. 


After cutting your duvet in half, turn it inside out, pin the front and back pieces of fabric together along the edge,  and sew the raw edge to close it. There should be an opening at the bottom of your duvet that closes with ties or buttons. Use that opening to turn the duvet cover right-side-in. If you are using sheets, fold the raw edge over twice, pin it, and sew it.

Hang 'em up

My favorite way to hang curtains is by using clip rings. This is a great shortcut that prevents you from having to sew a pocket for your curtain rod, and it looks nice too! Make sure your clip rings are the same color as your curtain rod.

If you don't already have a curtain rod, consider checking out Hobby Lobby. I have bought many curtain rods there over the past few years. They are the cheapest I can find, and they hold up well. Also, there is always a great coupon on the Hobby Lobby website. 

Before you hang your curtain rod, attach your clip rings to your curtains and figure out the total height. Measure twice, cut hang once. 

Voila! You've got (cheap) curtains! And the pride that comes with creating something with your own two hands. 




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