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How To: Simple Curtains for Basement Window
Ever since we moved into our house last summer, the spare room has been naked! It's a basement room that we use as our guest/playroom. When grandma comes to visit, we lay out a mattress and when she isn't visiting, we let Logan play with his toy overflow in there. The sun shines in pretty good, and there isn't much risk of anyone walking by and seeing anything compromising because the spare room is at the back of our house. You can see only the back yard from these windows.

But still, they need a little decoration. Nothing too fancy. Just something to cover the window and add a little "home" to the room.

So here's what I came up with.

Posted by Tawny B. from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada • Published See Tawny B.'s 20 projects »
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  • How to make a curtain/blinds. Simple Curtains For Basement Window - Step 1
    Step 1

    Measure your windows. Mine were 35" by 17"

  • Step 2

    Add 6 inches to the length for top and bottom hem

  • Step 3

    Add as much as you like to the width measurement for fullness or "not-so" full curtains

  • Step 4

    Cut your two pieces. One out of main fabric and one, slightly shorter one out of the shear.

  • How to make a curtain/blinds. Simple Curtains For Basement Window - Step 5
    Step 5

    Hem both sides of the cotton and the shears. I did my whole curtain in a zig zag stitch. It's just for decoration (and it's easier to see in photos!).

  • How to make a curtain/blinds. Simple Curtains For Basement Window - Step 6
    Step 6

    Add some trim if you like. I added some ribbon down both sides about 6 inches from the edges.

  • How to make a curtain/blinds. Simple Curtains For Basement Window - Step 7
    Step 7

    Hem top to make a casing. Make sure you have enough space to slide the curtain rod of your choosing through. Also make sure to catch the shear piece into this casing for a finished look.

  • How to make a curtain/blinds. Simple Curtains For Basement Window - Step 8
    Step 8

    Hem both bottoms. I hemmed my shear slightly shorter than my regular piece because I wanted to flounce the regular piece up a bit at the bottom and didn't want the shear to be too long for that.

  • How to make a curtain/blinds. Simple Curtains For Basement Window - Step 9
    Step 9

    Embellish whichever way you choose. I folded the curtain up a bit where the trim was placed and stitched it in place. Then I added a pretty bow.

  • How to make a curtain/blinds. Simple Curtains For Basement Window - Step 10
    Step 10

    Hang your curtain. Ooooh pretty!

  • How to make a curtain/blinds. Simple Curtains For Basement Window - Step 11
    Step 11

    You can just push them aside to let the light (or the evening in this case) in.

    I will make another version of this curtain for those of you, like Terry who want the curtain to open in the middle. I will post the results when I get it done!

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