Cheaper to buy than make curtains


            I’m preparing to move into a new apartment with huge, gorgeous windows. These, of course, need huge, gorgeous curtains. I wondered if it would be cheaper to find a fabric I like and make them on my own.


            I’m going for bright colors in my living room – I have a hot pink loveseat and a chocolate brown couch, so I’m looking to tie in accent colors of bright green, Tiffany blue and more hot pink. Spending more than $50 is not in the budget.

            I found a gorgeous fabric online at Jo-Ann Fabrics: Waverly Metropolitan Soho Stripe in Popsicle. It’s a bright pink and orange textured fabric with a line of lime-green-and-white stripes. Unfortunately, on sale still means $17.49 per yard, down from the regular price of $34.99 per yard. To make a set of panels for my huge, gorgeous windows, I’m estimating I need about 6 yards of the 54-inches-wide fabric. Total? $104.94.

            At Overstock.com, I found Zandra pink, green and blue pattern curtains for $34.99 for a set of two. The fabric was 54 inches by 84 inches, or 2 and 1/3 yards, also 100 percent cotton. This is a much cheaper alternative, but it’s not exactly what I’m looking for.

            If you’re making solid curtains, there’s less of a difference. You can find 100 percent cotton fabric for two 54 inches by 84 inches panels in a solid color at Hancock Fabrics for less than $20, according to the prices listed on their web site. You can get faux silk panels at Target – in limited colors – for $12.99-$14.44. If you’re looking for a color that’s not a standard red, white, blue or black, making your own is a better choice.

            Another way to customize – cheaply – is to create a valance with the print pattern, or buy a yard and use it as a tie to a solid panel.

            I’m still on the hunt for the perfect curtains, but at least I know where to start. Do you have a good place you buy curtains? Do you have a cheap DIY addition?

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lellel
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lellel 01/21/10 - 11:25 am
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you could buy the solid

you could buy the solid curtains and add a panel of the pattern across the bottom 1/4 of them.  OR put a patterned ban down the inside seam -- a couple inches would do.

Sarah Day Owen
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Sarah Day Owen 01/21/10 - 06:42 pm
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Great idea!

Great idea!

AJ1
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AJ1 01/21/10 - 06:53 pm
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All About Fabrics in Iva, SC

All About Fabrics in Iva, SC is open on the first Thursday, Friday & Saturday of every month.  They'll blow away any prices you'll find in town. http://home.comcast.net/~shellhog1b/site/

bargainseeker
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bargainseeker 01/22/10 - 10:16 am
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Before you head out of town

Before you head out of town for a bargain, save your gas money and time.... drive over to Decorators' Outlet. It's just off Scott-Nixon Memorial Blvd. They have great prices on Closeout fabrics, markdown fabrics and more remnant fabrics than you can imagine. The prices on the fabric are fantastic and they have draperies already made that you can't find anywhere else. It's well worth taking a look!!

UrbanMeyerHater
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UrbanMeyerHater 01/22/10 - 03:58 pm
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you could find a rich

you could find a rich boyfriend or husband and the budget wouldnt matter.

TheDeerhunter
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TheDeerhunter 01/24/10 - 10:53 pm
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this is cool

this is cool

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