Find floral inspiration in home decor: Turn bed sheets into fantastic curtains

Floral bed sheets can bring a lovely feminine touch to bedroom decor, but when it’s time to change things up, there’s no reason to toss that elegant fabric away. Some purposeful stitching is all it takes to turn a floral bed sheet into a beautiful and one of a kind set of curtains that will liven up any window in the home. Whether it’s for keeping out the sun on a summer’s day or simply to upgrade the look of a space, creating curtains from bed sheets is a fun, creative and budget-friendly alternative to purchasing something new.
While floral patterns are sure to please, there’s no reason not to mix things up. A solid color bed sheet would work just as well if curtains are being created for a space that already hosts a variety of patterns. The addition of a curtain ruffle and rod ties give this final look texture and dimension, which is eye-catching in any room. Beyond aesthetic appeal, creating these bed sheet curtains is an exercise in versatility as well. Curtains can be made to fit any window dimensions and are easily customized to a long set or shorter set as needed.
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Materials
-Step stool
-Tape measure
-Fitted floral bed sheet
-Scissors
-Iron
-Ironing board
-Measuring tape
-Red chalk pencil
-Transparent 24-inch plastic measuring board
-Sewing machine
-Sewing pins
-Ruler
-Thread snips
-MemOffice cutting mat
-Pillowcase
-Loop rotary cutter
-Thin paintbrush
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Instructions
1. Measure the width of the window using a tape measure.
2. Measure the height of the window from floor to curtain rod using a step stool for safety.
3. Cut the elastic off a floral fitted sheet.
4. Cut into the corners of sheet until it can lay perfectly flat.
5. Place the sheet on an ironing board and iron the fabric until it’s smooth.
6. Fold the sheet in half and measure out half the width of the window using a measuring tape. Mark this measurement on the fabric including seam allowance and 4-inch ease with a red chalk pencil.
7. Line the appropriate measurements using a red chalk pencil and a transparent plastic measuring board for accuracy.
8. Cut away excess fabric, and set it aside to be a curtain ruffle later in the process.
9. Measure and cut the height of the window and the seam allowance from the fabric.
10. Serge the edges of the fabric that will be the body of the curtain.
11. Flip the fabric upside down so the white side of the fabric faces up.
12. Hem the bottom edge using a ruler to fold the fabric over 1 inch, and insert sewing pins to keep it in place.
13. Secure the sides of the fabric in similar fashion with sewing pins only folding the fabric over half an inch.
14. Machine-stitch the edges in place.
15. Turn a floral pillowcase inside out and place it on a MemOffice cutting mat.
16. Fold the pillowcase in half length-wise and once over the short end before measuring out 20 strips of 10-inch by 2 1/2-inch fabric.
17. Cut the strips from the pillowcase using the transparent plastic measuring board and a loop rotary cutter.
18. Fold a single strip of fabric length-wise. Make sure the backing of the fabric is facing out before machine-stitching it into a tube. Cut away excess thread as needed. Repeat this for the remaining 19 strips of fabric.
19. Turn each fabric tube right side out by prodding through the center with a thin paintbrush.
20. Place the fabric tubes on an ironing board, and iron each one flat.
21. Tuck in one end of each fabric tube and machine-stitch it closed individually.
22. Serge the open ends of the fabric tubes.
23. Serge the edges of the excess fabric that was set aside earlier to work as the curtain’s ruffle.
24. Fold three sides of the ruffle down half an inch, and pin it in place.
25. Machine-stitch the three edges.
26. Baste the fourth edge of the ruffle.
27. Gather the basted edge together to style the ruffle.
28. Place the piece of fabric that provides the body of the curtain on a flat working surface with the back of the fabric facing up.
29. Place two fabric strips on top of each other and position on the larger piece of fabric. The first set should be placed 2 inches from the top left edge of the curtain and the following five sets should be evenly spaced across the top.
30. Pin the five sets of fabric strips in place at the top edge of the curtain.
31. Pin the ruffle with the backside of the fabric facing up to the top edge of the fabric as well covering the five sets of fabric strips.
32. Machine-stitch all the fabric together across the top edge of the curtain. Use thread snips to remove excess as needed.
33. Place the curtain right side up on a flat working surface and flip the ruffle over so the decorative pattern faces up as well.
34. Pin the ruffle into place.
35. Machine-stitch the ruffle across the top edge of the curtain.
36. Tie each of the five sets of fabric strips around a curtain rode to hang the curtain in a preferred location.
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37. Position the curtain as desired and enjoy a touch of transformed floral decor.
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