When we moved a few weeks ago we sold on of our dining tables since we would no longer have room for two. The one we sold was a little beat up on top and I had purchased a tablecloth (which I absolutely loved) from Target which we used on it. Now in our new house we don’t have the table but we DO have a lot more windows in need of some sort of window treatments. I’m not sure if you have shopped for curtains lately but those things are NOT cheap (and I am)!
The tablecloth was around $15 and measured 60×84 inches. I was brainstorming ways to make this tablecloth into a curtain for a large picture window in my craft room. After measuring the window I knew I could not afford to take much off of the length or it would be too short, so my initial idea of folding over 4-5 inches and sewing were out of the picture. I also knew I wanted to avoid sewing at any cost because I’m not even sure where my sewing machine is right now. Then I thought of making tabs out of ribbon, but I thought that might look tacky, so then I had the idea to make hidden tabs with ribbon and hot glue! So for around $30 and some supplies I had on hand I made two tablecloths into curtains and saved about $20-$30.
To make your own you will need the following supplies:
- A tablecloth (or more depending on the width of your window)
- Hot Glue Gun
Measure your curtains and then decide how far apart you would like to place the ribbon tabs. My curtain was 60 inches wide and I decided to place the ribbon every 3 inches which meant I needed to cut 20 pieces of ribbon. To decide how long each piece of ribbon should be take the width of the curtain rod into account. Since my curtain rod was around 1.5 inches in diameter I cut my ribbon 2.5 inches long.
I glued the tops of the ribbon along the top of the tablecloth and then I went back and glued the bottoms.
My ribbons pieces were cut to 2.5 inches, but I wanted to leave some breathing space so I measured two inches from the top and glued them there.
I let the glue dry for a few minutes. Thankfully hot glue dries fast, so I didn’t have to wait long to see the results of my finished product!
One down and one to go! Each tablecloth took about 15 minutes – can’t beat that!
This is what they curtains look like if you hide yourself in them and look up. Hey… you never know!
I couldn’t be more happy with them! They were cheap, easy, and I am really in love with the yellow and white lattice print! Thanks Target!!