"Custom" Store-Bought Curtains - Tutorial Tuesday

You don't always have to spend a fortune to have beautiful window treatments AND you don't always have to start from scratch when you begin new projects for your home.

Case in point, my "Custom" Store-Bought Curtains. I loved the rich cinnamon red color in these two panels but since I found them at my local TJMaxx, there wasn't enough of either pattern for all of my windows. I needed to get creative.


4 Coordinating Purchased Window Panels
Sewing Machine

Choose which panels you'd like to use for the center portion. Cut the remaining, coordinating panel in half, lengthwise.

Pin and sew the panel halves to the outside edges of the center panel. Repeat with remaining panels.

Press and hang. No hems or sides to sew...Easy Peasy!

Hmmm, do these curtains look a bit short to any of you? Kinda like the floods you were embarrassed to wear in elementary school...or was that just me...

The Nester inspired me to fix them in an easy, "it doesn't have to perfect" kind of way. So, for part II of this tutorial...

How to Lengthen Your Too Short "Custom" Store Bought Curtains


Hot Glue Gun
Fringe Trim
Your Joann's 40% off coupon

Measure the bottom width of all your too short curtains and head on over to Joann's with that 40% off coupon that is burning a hole in your pocket.

Then hot glue that stuff along the bottom edge.

Ta da!

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  1. Those are so pretty! I have some "high waters" curtains too, need to fix that.

  2. Nice idea with the fringe ~ I have one set of curtains that need to be longer! Like always, it looks great!

  3. This is a fabulous idea, and the curtains look really nice. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Hey Girl....Congrats on the #1 spot!

    Love the curtains and then I scrolled down and read about Crazy Bones. I have a 6 year old and I have not seen these yet but now that you have told me about them...I can be cool!!

    Where do you buy them?


  5. I really want to raise my curtain rod and the only thing stopping me is the high-water curtains. Thanks for the tip!

  6. Sweet! We have crazy long windows---yours look much better than custom curtains!

  7. Sweet! We have crazy long windows---yours look much better than custom curtains!

  8. You are so dang amazing. It is inspiring, and then I look at what I can do and just say...nahhhh, but I am going to do the Tshirt. I think with my kids on Friday since no school!!

  9. Love that! And love how you fixed em, because I have that same problem!!! Is it just me or is hemming curtains a pain in the butt?!

  10. How have I never been to your blog? I love, love, love this idea! Thanks for the inspiration. Great color too! I'm a color addict.

  11. They look great and I love that touch of the Nester there!

  12. That looks great, Jennifer! Love the solution to the panels and adding the trim to the bottom! I don't know if my TJ Maxx carries window treatments ~ I'll have to look next time I'm there.

  13. wow! who knew you could bust out the trusty ole glue gun! sewing fringe would be so hard, i'd think. this turned out beautiful :)

  14. Beautiful job, and I love the color! SO pretty!

  15. Love the lengthening! That's really a good idea. :)

  16. About 3 years ago I bought some curtains. That day I went on a long run. Came home and hubs had decided to hang them. So sweet...kiss kiss...hug...hug! What?! He hung them at least 6 inches off the ground. Errr...aaa...did you notice how high off the ground they are? He says...I think they look great! Two decorative baskets went in front of them to cover the mishap. I won't make the mistake of letting him hang them next time. Holly:)

  17. Great job! I love the two fabric's together. Such an elegant, high-end look. The fringe finishes it off perfect! I've been trying to decide what to do with my curtains now that I've gone high with them. Now I know what to do! Thanks so much for sharing!

  18. I've done that!!!!!!!!!!!!!! When you want something bad enough, you get creative!!!

  19. SUPER cute!!! And great thinking to add the fringe to the bottom!!

  20. Those are beautiful! And the fringe was the perfect solution!

    You rock. As always.

    I really need to learn to use my sewing machine. My poor mother is horrified that I can't even thread the darn thing.

  21. Gorgeous curtains! I love the fringe idea & I'm thinking of doing something like that along the top & inner sides of some cheap IKEA curtains I just bought. Thanks for the idea! ♥


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