DIY: Upgrading Ikea Curtains

July 22, 2015 by Ariana | 0 Comments


While my plans for turning my daughter’s sunroom into a pillow room retreat have been in the works for months, alas, the contractor’s schedule does not usually align with my own.  So it’s taken much longer than I had hoped, but the wheels are in motion.  Since this west-facing room gets a lot of sunlight, getting the curtains up was the first order of business.

I borrowed a trick from Sarah Richardson, that I stored away in my brain years ago.  Sarah had embellished simple curtains by adding a pom pom trim and ever since, I’ve been looking for an opportunity to do the same.  Once we decided to give this little sunroom a makeover, it was the perfect spot.  Because of the sun exposure and our past experience with fading striped curtains, I knew prints were not a wise investment.  We are also keeping a strict budget so fancying up some Ikea curtains was the perfect solution, especially since we have three large, arched windows to cover, requiring five panels.  I chose simple and slightly sheer white curtains, which were priced right at under $20/pair.  If you recall, I quickly snatched up yards of this hot pink pom pom trim at the Discount Fabric Store.

The upgrade required little work:  ironing and hemming the curtains (which were 2” too long), pinning the trim carefully on the edge (making sure not to sew over the rod opening) and a little basic zig-zag sewing.  I managed to complete two pairs in about three hours.  Though the trim is probably meant to be sewn to reveal only the pom poms, I wanted a little more pizzaz (and less work) so I left the trim exposed.  Now onto the pillows!

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