Hello! I hope everyone had a fabulous Easter weekend… we had absolutely amazing summer-like weather here – so nice in fact that my son went swimming in the lake (in March!!). That is usually unheard of!
I am back today with another post in the laundry room series. Remember the stunning oversized Suzani print that I featured in the Laundry Room inspiration board?
The purpose of this fabric was to create a curtain to cover the washer/dryer units when they are not in use. Really I just have a major fabric addiction and wanted to find somewhere to use fabric in the room. And since we have no windows (it leads from the garage to our interior hallway) a curtain for the washer/dryer (reminiscent of farmhouse kitchens) seemed like the perfect excuse!
I wanted to use this print to create two curtain panels to cover the washer/dryer. I used a simple no-so method. It is the same method that I used in our previous house to create no-sew dining room drapes. In that case I just created simple curtain panels with four hemmed edges that hung on clips. In this case I used the hem tape to create a rod pocket at the top of the panel. Either way, this method is easy, fast, and very satisfying. I highly recommend it.
DIY No-Sew Curtain Panel Instructions and Tips:
– No-sew Iron on hemming
– Iron and ironing board
– fabric scissors
– measuring tape
– a straight edge of some kind might be helpful for cutting
Begin by measuring/deciding upon the size you need your curtain panel to be and use this to figure out what size you need your fabric to be. Factor in an additional 3/4 inch per edge as the “hem” you are going to press (or 1/2 inch depending on the width of your hemming tape).
Also allow additional fabric for the top of the curtain panel if you plan to press hem a pocket for your curtain rod. For example, if your rod is 1″ in diameter then need to add 3.5 inches of length to your fabric to accommodate the rod pocket (2.5 inches for the pocket fold plus the 3/4 inch for the hem tape).
I recommend that you draw a diagram of your curtain panel with the measurements included in order to help you figure out what size fabric to cut. It is important to be clear about what you are doing at this point to avoid making costly fabric cutting mistakes.
Once you figure out the size of fabric you need, measure carefully and cut it to size. You may wish to use a straight edge and draw a faint pencil line on the outer edge of your cutting line to help keep your cut straight.
Tips for No-Sew Hemming your Curtain Panel:
Heat your iron. Press a half inch fold onto the side and bottom edges of your fabric.
Read the directions on your No-Sew Hemming Tape for specific instructions.
Open up the folded edge of the fabric and place the peeled edge of the hemming tape inside of it.
Gently press your fabric over the hemmed edge following the directions on the hemming tape package.
Repeat this process to hem the two sides and the bottom of your curtain panel. At the corners you may wish to add a little extra hemming tape or you may need to press it slightly longer to ensure it hems properly with the extra layers of fabric.
Tips for Adding a Rod Pocket:
For the top, place your rod on the fabric to determine the size you need the pocket to be. Draw a pencil line where the rod pocket should end and place the hemming tape along the bottom of the line. Remember to account for the thickness of the hemming tape (1/2 – 3/4 inch) and also think about how much space you need for the rod to move freely. You don’t want a pocket so tight that your curtain won’t move freely on the rod. Fold the top of the fabric over to the line you drew and press down where you placed the hemming tape (following package directions).
After you have hemmed the two sides and bottom of your panel and added a hemmed pocket for your rod, you are ready to hang your curtain.
Tips for Hanging a Curtain In Front of Your Washer/Dryer:
We used cup hooks screwed into the bottom of our counter top so that they are hidden by the countertop lip.
We had an old black rod from our previous house that we taped at the seam to hold it in one solid piece. It would also work very well to use a simple wooden dowel from the hardware store as your rod since it is concealed by the curtain pocket.
Now you are ready to hang your curtain!
The curtain panels are very easy to work around, you can either pull the curtain panels to the side or just flip them up while you are doing your washing. Then down they go and all the appliances are concealed again!
Although curtains in the laundry room aren’t common, I think they fit perfectly with the lake cottage look that we are gradually adding throughout the house. And I love the cheery bright colour and pattern – it is the perfect welcome home everyday when we come in through the garage. (If you could see our garage right now you would understand why I need a little cheering:)
I’ll be back really soon to talk about ART in the laundry/mud room and I even have a free printable for you! The whole laundry room reveal will come later in the week as well. In the meantime I would love to hear what you have done to add some personality to your laundry room? Please share!!
Thanks for reading! And remember, my housie friends, HOME wasn’t built in a day. Enjoy the journey!
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