Color Block Curtains

From the beginning, I wanted to use white curtains in the nursery.  To me, white curtains are clean and just keep the room looking fresh.  But I had the urge to add more color to them.  

I had been searching for a cool fabric to make curtains but I wasn't ready to fork out big bucks for it.  I also thought about using ribbon to add a border around the inside edges like this but I ended up using the ribbon on the light.  

Another ribbon trim idea was this one.  It reminds me of the curtains I did in my daughter's room but on the bottom instead of the top.

Then it hit me, I can make a big colorful impact with orange fabric!  Since I didn't remember seeing any plain orange fabric in the fabric stores, the next best thing was a sheet.  Yes, a bed sheet.  I went into Walmart and bought a twin flat sheet for $4 and change.  A twin sheet is 66 inches wide by 96 inches long.  That's a lot of fabric for so little money.

After my white curtains were hemmed and hung, I had to figure out how much of a bottom stripe I wanted.  I decided my stripe would start somewhere underneath the window sill.  So a 19 inch stripe would be good.  I cut a 20 inch wide by 57.5 inch long piece of fabric.  The curtains are 57 inches wide so I wanted room to fold and make a hem on each side.  I used the already hemmed sides of the sheet along the top and down one side.

I made a mark at 19 inches along the bottom on my curtain so I knew where to attach the fabric.  Using stitch witchery, I attached the fabric along the top and one side, each already hemmed.  The other side needed to be folded in half an inch and the bottom an inch.  It helps to iron and fold before attaching with stitch witchery. 

After each panel is done, stand back and admire your work!  The pop of color is just what I wanted.

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