The curtains that I have envisioned for about a year now finally came to be and found a home. I am in love with the new curtains in the boys' shared room. They turned out better than I thought they would and I had great expectations for them. :)
You may have guessed from the title of this post that I made the curtains from a king-sized flat bed sheet. I bought the marimekko kivet sheet set on clearance from Crate and Barrel last winter and knew that I wanted to make something out of the flat sheet. At first I thought I would turn it into a duvet cover and then the idea of curtains came to me. I actually draped the sheet over the curtain rod in our bedroom and left it there for a few weeks to see if I liked it. Now fast forward nearly a year later and my bed sheet curtains are finally done!
image via crate and barrel
Since the curtains are made from a sheet (cut in half), I had to line them with a good weight cotton lining fabric. This really helped them hang well and not look like I just hung up some sheets. I took these photos on a really sunny day with direct sunlight shining through the curtains. They let some light through, but are not sheer at all.
Another change that I added was to switch from a traditional drapery rod and rings to a super simple i-beam drapery track mounted to the ceiling. It made all the difference in creating a more modern and simple look. It also allowed me to extend each panel right to the ceiling making our 8 foot ceilings look taller. To get the curtain tops as close to the ceiling as possible I sewed the drapery header tape about an inch down from the top of the fabric allowing the fabric to extend past the i-beam track.
Using the top edge of the sheet (the one you typically fold over to make your bed) as the hem saved me some time hemming. I also am so happy with how the curtains just skim the floor. I took a little extra effort to measure the length really well. This is also one of the only pictures that I got without Co-pilot in it. He came in the room while I was taking pictures and was so excited to sit on the Moomin Artek chair that he stayed there for a good 15-20 minutes while I snapped away. :)
The Marimekko kivet pattern is one of my favourites (I even have it in the living room). I'm so glad that after a year of humming and hawing about these bed sheet curtains, I finally made them. I have also painted the boys room (bye-bye stripes). You may have also spied that I got some new storage for the room too. Once I get some of the art back on the walls I'll take the photos and show you some more of the updates. What do you think so far? Moomin, Artek and Marimekko, my boys are getting a good dose of classic Finnish design. :)