I feel like this is definitely something you guys know about me if you have been following me for a while. The fact that I love creating my own curtains, that so far in all cases, have involved the Ikea Merete curtains which I buy in bulk and stash at home in case I have an idea that I want to create. If you have missed my previous curtains than you can see them HERE, HERE and HERE.
I came across the below photo on Instagram. I love the mix!
That room is just so so good for many different reasons but those curtains gave me a lightbulb moment. And I knew right away that I had to recreate them. I also have this old Target box that looks the same way on a small scale.
It took me about a day to think of a way to create the look the best way. If I hadn’t had the curtain rod and curtains already, I would have definitely gone with the black rods and pleated curtains as well but I already had my West Elm rod and Merete curtains, so they just had to do.
I also had some heat transfer vinyl left and knew it would fit the bill. It’s awesome that these are no-paint black and white DIY curtains this time. Not having to wait for paint to dry or to watch out for spills.
This is also the first time I tried to make a little movie to show you guys what I did. I’m not talking in the movie though because I have to try to get over not liking to hear my own voice.
Here is what you need:
• heat transfer vinyl like THIS one which I used (about 3 boxes)
• cutting mat
• craft knife
• metal ruler
• wax paper
• carboard (5″ square)
• painters tape
• curtains (I used Ikea Merete curtains)
And here is my amateur attempt at showing you how to do this in a movie:
I figured out a way to cut the squares faster and more efficient from the heat transfer after making the first panel. If you tape it to the cutting mat with the painters tape and just cut it that way into squares, you can knock it out in no time. The second panel was done quickly while I watched Netflix and happily crafted away.
Oh and by the way the cardboard cross is in a 5″ square and the heat transfer squares are 1.25″
Make sure to keep the shiny side of the heat transfer facing up. Press the iron down firmly for a while (read your specific heat transfer instructions first and proceed accordingly), peel the shiny side off, if you messed up you can still remove it by peeling it off (which I’m showing at the end of my video too). If it is the way you want it, you can put the wax paper over the squares and press the iron down firmly to set the squares into the fabric.
After a while I started to eyeball a lot of the squares and it worked great. It doesn’t have to be totally perfect because nobody can tell when they hang up. The second panel went way faster than the first one.
I’m hooked now and want them everywhere in my downstairs but that probably won’t happen before Christmas.
I have considered replacing my $25 auction dining table but what it comes down to is that it is phenomenal to craft on. Kind of strange but it really is.
I couldn’t be happier with my new curtains. I love looking at them and they complement the opposite cross wall perfectly.
I also adore how they look in the rest of my house now. You can see more in the photo below and by clicking HERE for a recent home tour:
And here are photos and links of the other curtains I made to refresh your memory:
I ended up making them for every room in our down stairs and love the look: