So, I’ve been doing a bit of fun home redec these past couple of days. We moved the bedroom to the back of the house so that we didn’t have to put up with crazy road noise with buses driving past every 15 minutes, our next door neighbour leaving at 6:20am, drunk party goers etc etc etc. BIG bonus is that I get the former bedroom as a sewing studio – can we say UPGRADE!
The new room is much bigger with mirrored closet doors so I can actually see myself when I fit, rather than dragging all the thread/fabric triangles etc from the craft room all over the house to find a mirror. I took this opportunity to redecorate a bit – one of my favourite things to do.
However, I am two things – thrifty and crafty (and renting). So when it came to hanging sheers, I had to get resourceful. Here’s a short tutorial on how you can hang lovely sheer drapes in your house without holes or expensive curtain rods (really, they are ridiculously priced for what they are).
2 panels of sheer curtain fabric each approximately the width of your window and whatever length you like
**I used prehemmed curtains which already have the top hemmed for insertion into the curtain rod – if you buy plain fabric, you’ll have to hem it yourself.
A package of 3M decorating hooks (the clear, small kind for hanging Christmas lights)
Some cotton tape cut to half the width of your window
Something for sewing (be it machine or by hand)
Here’s what you do:
As in the note above, if you buy plain fabric and not prehemmed you’ll need to make an open hem at the top of the panel for the cotton tape to run through – 5cm or so should do. It’s really important to cut the cotton tape to exactly half the length of your window to ensure it stays taught.
Attach a safety pin to one end of the cotton tape and run it through the top open hem.
Sew each end securely to the panel (I used a machine and back stitched several times).
Distribute the gathers evenly. There – you’re done with the panel – easy.
Now for the window. My window is 128cm across, so I used 9 hooks spaced approximately 15cm apart.
You want to use enough so that the top bit doesn’t sag between hooks. Stick the hooks to the wall about 3cm above the window top and about 3cm past the window on the ends.
Now, my curtain panels had little slits in the back for curtain hooks. If yours don’t just cut little horozontal slits in just the back portion of the top hem where you want the curtains to attach to the hooks. Slide the hook into the slit and have the cotton tape sit inside the hook.
Do this to either side first. **Hint: for the middle hook, punch the hook through both layers of fabric so that you can use it to hook into the other panel.
Then distribute the gathers evenly and do this for the rest of the hooks in the middle. If you measured correctly, your curtains should sit fairly taught on the wall, like this!
Repeat for the other panel. Now you have beautiful sheers that look like they’re hanging on a rod but can be easily removed when you move or change your mind! Yay! Thank you 3M!
I did a similar thing to the craft ro…sorry, sewing studio, but gathered them all to one side and tied with a cute blue velvet ribbon.
The possibilities are really endless. The only thing I wouldn’t do is use a fabric that’s toooo heavy because the hooks couldn’t handle it.
Hope you found this useful and I’d love to hear any other hints you may have to decorate a rental without the damage!