How to hem curtains and sheers
What kind of curtains are perfect for a little girl’s room? Why, pink curtains of course! I finally got Leah’s curtains up. I had to figure out how to hem curtains and sheers but I’m so excited how much homier the room is starting to look!
I love the combination of Benjamin Moore’s Bird’s Egg with the pink curtains. And the sheers add a nice soft glow to her bedroom.
The one problem was that the sheers were crazy wrinkly and looked like this when I took them out of the package. I tried my steamer, but they were too thin for the steam to do anything:
The other problem was that they were about 3″ too long. I wanted to hang the curtain rod up near the ceiling, but 7ft long sheers were not going to be long enough, so I had to go with the 8ft sheers.
I folded over the bottom of the sheers while they were still hanging. With the fabric being so see-through I only had two options for folding, either an inch and a half that I show in the photo directly below (which I later decided wasn’t enough), or a full 3″.
It’s hard to tell in the photos (which was the idea) that I folded over the exact height of the existing hem. Any differently and it would have been super obvious that it didn’t match up:
So the hem ended up looking like this in the end:
Next I had to iron… and iron… and iron… and iron some more. I used relatively low heat to get all the wrinkles out, but it was definitely a worthwhile effort.
The pink curtains had the same problem with being too long, except they had to be hemmed by about 6″.
It was too big of a hem to just eyeball it all, plus there was nothing to match it up to this time. So I had to use a measuring tape every few inches and then iron it to get the exact width that I wanted to hem:
I started by measuring, folding by 3″, ironing, then measuring, folding another 3″ and ironing again.
Then I pinned it all in place (although, after ironing, it really wasn’t going anywhere):
And I sewed the hem as close as I could to the fold:
So the hem on the pink curtains ended up looking like this:
Now, the curtains float about an inch or so above the floor:
The pink curtains were the best bargain! A last chance sale from IKEA – $5 for the set of two! I was totally undecided for the longest time, but when I saw that sale, I figured for $5 I could totally put them up and if I ever change my mind I won’t feel guilty changing them!
I used a double curtain rod for the curtains, so the sheers are behind, and the pink curtains are in front. Sorry, I know that’s difficult to see in the photos.
Did I mention I had to iron the pink curtains too? This project definitely exercised my iron and ironing board! There’s only so much you can do during nap time, so it took a couple days to get through it all. But the room is looking amazing! I can’t wait to keep going!
Love the wall color and the pretty pink curtains! I am in the beginning stages of moving our sweet girl into a “big girl” bedroom. I discovered you through Diana Rambles Pin Me Linky Party!
Thanks for the inspiration!
Ashley @ 3littlegreenwoods
Lovely room! Great tutorial on hemming the curtains. What a great buy for $5.00. Looks wonderful!
I love your tutorial on how to hem your sheers. They are perfect. Thanks for linking up with Tickled Pink Times Two. Can’t wait to see what else you have 🙂
Mae it a great week.
The room is turning out adorable! I’m sure she’s loving it. We’re redoing my daughter’s room and it has that colour of walls too. I love that colour!
gorgeous! i love the ethereal feel of the room! i usually have the opposite problem of trying to make curtains longer!
This is starting to look so dang cute! Every little girl needs pink in her life. I wish I had the patience to sew. I just hem tape everything out of laziness 😉