Social Media Editor of The Augusta Chronicle, previously features reporter for two years. I'm the fearless leader of our awesome Xtreme Teen Board and also edit Richmond County Neighbors and North Augusta Today. I'm a fan of fashion and technology, and I write about both. You can catch my budget-conscious fashion blog Shopgirl online or in Thursday's Applause, and I give tips for social media and tech in a Sunday column, Social Savvy. Before coming to Augusta, I started my professional career as a general assignment reporter at the TimesDaily in Florence, Ala. and am a proud graduate of Auburn University.
Posted January 20, 2010 05:11 pm

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?