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15 Jan 2013

One thing can change or complete the look of a room when it comes to homedécor. While many homeowners overlook them, curtains are an essential piece of the home décor puzzle.

Striped curtains are unique and hard to come by in shops, so making your own is a great way to complete the look of a room.

Curtains have the power to make a room look small and dingy or bright and airy. Many tend to choose curtains that are either made from a light or dark material, but few go with statement curtains.

Here are the steps to making your own statement curtains with horizontal stripes...

Buy at least 3 metres of a plain white curtain material, 3 metres of a charcoal grey material and enough iron-on hemming to make two panels.

First, cut six pieces of material at least 35cm high, and keep the width of the material as it is for each colour of fabric. This can vary depending on how wide you'd like your stripes, but keep in mind the more stripes, the more work.

Follow the iron-on hem package instructions and attach the iron-on tape on the top and bottom edge of each piece of grey material you have cut, making sure they line up.

Tip: Make sure you measure how long you'd like your curtains to be and use that to judge the width/number of your fabric stripes, also taking into account how much extra material you will need to make each hem.

Follow the iron-on hem package instructions and attach the iron-on tape on the top and bottom edge of each piece of grey material you have cut.

Then place the edge of the white fabric over the top of the iron-on tape and iron each piece together, alternating colours for a total of 6 stripes per panel.

Tip: If you do not pre-hem the white material, the white stripe will be slightly wider than the grey. If you'd like every stripe to be the same width, make sure you plan accordingly.

Now you need to take care of the sides of the panels.

Make sure you have even edges, and pin it down so that it makes the relationship with your sewing machine much easier.

You can also use iron-on hem on the sides, but sewing will make your curtain a little bit stronger.

Once you are finished with both sides, move on to the top and bottom of the curtain. For the top, make sure you add a way to hang the curtain from your rod. You can choose to add loops with any extra material, called a tab top, or you can do something simple and make a rod pocket.

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