Instructions for Burlap Curtains

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Instructions for Burlap Curtains
Burlap can be used to make curtains for your home. (sunny burlap background image by joanna wnuk from Fotolia.com)

Though it may not spring to mind when choosing material for new curtains, burlap fabric can add the charm of the unexpected to any window treatment. Due to its loose weave, making burlap curtains does not require any sewing, and they will provide you with light country-style curtain panels for your home that are inexpensive to boot.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • Burlap
  • Scissors
  • Fusing web
  • Iron
  • Clothespins
  • Ring clips

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Measure the window's height and width. Add 6 inches to the window's height measurement.

  2. 2

    Cut out two rectangles of burlap. Each should be as long as the final height measurement and as wide as the window.

  3. 3

    Iron the burlap pieces so that there are no large wrinkles and fold down the short edge of one of the pieces of burlap by about an inch. Iron this fold into the burlap.

  4. 4

    Cut a piece of fusible web that is as long as the width of the window and slide it into the fold of the burlap. Follow the directions on the packaging for fusing the two layers of cloth together. You are creating a slightly stiffened, finished edge. This will be the top edge of your burlap curtains. Repeat on the other piece of burlap.

  5. 5

    Accordion-fold the two pieces of cloth across the width to create waves that allow your curtains to hang gracefully. Clip the folds along the long edge of the burlap together with clothespins and leave the curtains alone for a day so that the folds will set.

  6. 6

    Remove the clothespins and clip ring clips to the fused, finished edge at the top of the curtains. Clip them to the curtain at regular intervals

  7. 7

    Pull about 5 threads horizontally across the bottom edge to fray the curtain's hemline.

  8. 8

    Thread your burlap curtains through your curtain rod and hang them up over your window.

Tips and warnings

  • You can also fold up the bottom edge of the curtains by an inch and fuse them for a more finished look.
  • Embellish with embroidery or appliques if desired.

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