Monday, March 08, 2010

Homemade Burlap Curtains

When we moved in our house, I tried to use the curtains we already owned so John David's room got these. I never really liked them because they look kind of girly but they did their job decent enough.

I got to thinking though - what about burlap? It's cheap and rough and scratchy which equals boyish right?

So I used about one yard of burlap for each window. (Sorry there aren't more pictures - for some reason some of them were corrupted.) I used stitchwitch to hem up the sides and bottom and then used more stitchwitch to make the rod pocket at the top. Super easy.

I used some grosgrain ribbon I had to tie it up.

I added a big brown button with hot glue on each side.

I love the result and my 9 year old is happy to not have such girlish looking poofy curtains anymore!

Burlap is only $2.99 a yard at Hobby Lobby (Hancock's Fabrics carries burlap for $4.99 a yard). I used a 40% off coupon to bring it down to only $1.80 a yard (right? $1.80?)

I already had the ribbon on hand and of course the rods were already there. (Although the rods were only about $5 at Walmart if I remember correctly.)

The buttons were kind of a splurge at $2.50 each because I was impatient and didn't shop around.

Overall, not a bad price for restoring my son's manliness.

Go to Twice Remembered to see lots of other homemade things for "Make Your Monday".


  1. You are so conventional, making stuff out of nothing!
    I got my fabric from Beverly's Craft and Fabrics. It's much smaller than a Joann's or something and a little pricier, but the quality of everything they have is better too.
    I know it's a chain, but I think a small one, so I'm not sure if there's one near you.
    But ya definitely having fun being crafty!

  2. Definitely more boyish than before. I have boys too and understand.

    Looks great!!

  3. I think 40 is over the hill, when all your friends want to give a hard time. But I will tell you this, when I was like John David's age and MY dad turned 30. We threw him a surprise over the hill party, he hated it. Gravestone and all... :) Hope that doesn't happen to you. Happy almost Birthday!

  4. i LOVE these!! You did such a good job and they look wonderful! Found you through Twice Rem Cottage-so glad, because I'm definitely using that idea (hope that's okay) :) Come visit if you've got time. Have agreat friday!
    -shaunna :)