A touch of trim on a simple curtain panel makes me smile. To me it says, look at me all casual in my white V-neck t-shirt, but wait, let me throw on my sassy hoops just to take it up a notch. Or…look at me in my comfy yoga pants, but wait, I’m going to straighten my hair and put make-up on as well. Simple, casual, comfy…with a touch of interest.
That’s curtains with trim. I have seen these curtains in high end interior stores around Jackson for around $350/panel. And who needs one panel? No one…so right off the bat, you are looking at $700…and I don’t know many rooms with one window either. So, go ahead and put $1400 on your window treatment budget. Would be nice, but…
So, in order to bring that high end look to my clients at a reasonable cost, here are my DIY Trimmed Curtains.
1) Purchase simple curtains. Very simple, don’t get too fancy. I like these at PB, or these at Overstock.
2) Purchase trim you love. My go-to places are calico corner and various etsy shops, like this one. You will need between 6 and 7 yards of trim, depending on the length of your curtains. Here are a few of my favorites:
3) If you really want to give your store bought curtains that extra custom look, you will also want to get 3 yards of curtain header (also called Buckram). You can purchase it at Hobby Lobby, and it will going to give the curtains a nice stiff curve as they fold back. I will explain, inserting this soon. Here is an image of the Buckram, you can find it over by the piping and trims in Hobby Lobby. (Don’t forget your 40% off coupon, although it’s only .59 a yard!)
4) For this project, I was using Cameron Cotton Drapes (pole top), and navy trim.
5) First thing you will need to do, is cut your Buckram to the width of the curtain. Then you will need to pin a leash on to the Buckram with a safety pin and a long piece of ribbon, or rope, or anything you can find around that is long and slides against cotton easily. Then put another safety pin on the other end of the ribbon. Here is my Buckram and my leash. You will then just SLOWLY AND PATIENTLY lead your Buckram through the pole hole at the top of your curtain.
6) Now, take safety pin and ribbon off of the Buckram, and get it situated inside the sleeve of the pole hole, and sew the sleeve of the pole hole shut (or don’t, it’s probably not going anywhere, but I like to sew mine into place, just in case.)
7) Next pin the trim on to the curtains. It is totally your preference as to where exactly you pin the trim. It can be right on the edge of the curtain, or you can pull it away from the edge by 1/8”, whatever suites your fancy. I like to pull mine away from the edge just a touch. Make sure you pin a little bit over the top and back of your curtain, so that from the front of your curtain, you will have a nice clean looking start at the top.
8) I do not have any pictures for this step, but put thread that matches your trim in your sewing machine, and do a straight stitch down one side of your trim, and then do another straight stitch down the other side of your trim. So, each curtain panel will go trough your machine twice.
9) Then go to Home Goods or Lowe’s and find an adorable curtain rod, and get these bad boys hung up! Remember if you are using rings and clips, go down about 1″ on the back of the curtain and clip your ring there, so that the clip will not show.