Sewing Very Inexpensive Curtain Panels

Please excuse the photo quality. We've had dark rainy days for a couple of weeks, and no natural light.


Recently I scored 5 yards of fabric for $1.00 at a yard sale.  The width was 66 inches, and the length was 180 inches.  I knew I could only get 63" panels from the fabric, and I wanted 84".  I purchased 5 yards of a taupe fabric for a total cost of $13+.  So for a total of $14 dollars, I have six 84" panels that are each 30" wide.

Once again, I will preface by saying I am NOT a seamstress.  Very simple sewing projects are my limit.

The print is the fabric I got for $1.00  I didn't have it with me when I purchased the solid color, and it is off a shade, but I decided I could live with it since there will be less of it, and it will be near the floor, and not seen as much.

My Fabric


Here is how I made my panels.

First, I folded the fabric in half longways, and measured 30 inches at the time, and cut it with a rotary cutter. By cutting it this way, I was able to get 6 panels, and had absolutely no wasted fabric.  


Panels are cut.


The fabric for the bottom of the panels needed to be 26" long to allow for a hem at the bottom and for sewing to the bottom of the longer panel.


The solid fabric was 44" wide, so I had a good piece of it left to add to my stash.  :)

After I got these pieces cut, I proceeded to sew the two together by placing them front to front, and running a seam to attach the two pieces.

I completely finished one panel at the time by sewing them together, hemming all the way around except at the top where I made a rod pocket by folding over fabric and running 2 seams.



After sewing around the panel and making a rod pocket, I top stitched where the two panels met so the bottom section would lay flat.


I hung one set using the rod pockets and discovered they were a little shorter than I wanted so I bought rings with clips from Amazon, attached them, and hung them.
I didn't want to take the time to rip out the rod pocket seams, so I left them in.

Here they are in the master bedroom.



They aren't perfect, but they will work for the winter months, and will be warmer than the sheers I've used during the warm months.



It's still raining here, and the photo quality is poor, but maybe you can see how they turned out.  So for a total of $14.00 and change, I have 3 pairs of curtains.  Now that's a frugal project for sure at  $2.33 per panel!!

Have you completed a frugal project recently?


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