I needed to add some color to our extra bedroom, so I made some quick and easy curtains.
I bought a king size flat sheet at Ikea. Ideally you want your fabric width to equal 2x your window width. A king sheet is only about 100″ wide and my window was 72″ wide, so it wasn’t quite 2x the width, but I think it worked anyway.
I cut the sheet in two (halving the sheet’s widest part), then sewed seams along the cut edges.
I folded over the top of each half and sewed a seam about 2″ down parallel to the top to create the tunnel for the curtain rod to feed through.
I also hemmed the curtains for the length of my window, but you could leave them the sheet’s original length so that you’d have less hemming to do.
Next, I used the extra fabric to make 4 rectangles: I sewed 2 pieces back to back, leaving a small opening to turn right side out, then I hammered in 2 large eyelets, and repeated for the other tieback.
Lastly, I hung up the curtains and hung the tiebacks by the eyelets over small hooks.
To make these a little fancier, you cut buy 2 sheets and sew them together so that your curtains are lined and don’t appear as sheer as mine.
I think curtains are pretty cheap these days, so they aren’t really worth making your own, unless you want a specific color. And I definitely think that using bed sheets are the way to go, because it is hard to find fabric in the width you would need to cover a large window, most fabric is only sold in 44″ to 54″ widths so if you followed the 2x window width rule, your window would have to be less than 25″ wide, and I believe most are usually 32″ to 36″ wide. Although you could order decorator fabric which comes in much wider widths, however the color and patterns are usually limited and look more like traditional drapes, and would of course be much more expensive per yard.