Today’s post is one I’ve wanted to share since the beginning of my blog…but never had the opportunity until now. I’ve used this method to hang curtains since I saw it in a magazine years (and years) ago. It’s easy and works every time!
Before we get started I want to explain that this post doesn’t get into choosing curtain panels or hanging the rod. That’s definitely not my area of expertise! What I am good at are finishing touches and that is really what this post is about. Taking a ready-made item and making it look custom…and devoting a few extra minutes to take a design element to the next level.
First thing to do is, of course, hang your rod. The next step can be accomplished in two ways. You can iron your curtain panels and then place them on the rod. Sometimes this method can be time consuming and if your panels are long, they end up with wrinkles even after ironing. My preferred method is to hang the rod, hang the curtains and then use a steamer to erase the wrinkles.
This is the steamer I used and I must say it is pretty slick. It heats up almost immediately. I steamed 6 curtain panels and only had to fill the water tank once. A hand steamer would work as well but may take a little longer.
The next step is to cut pieces of ribbon or string about a yard long. If you are hanging long panels, you will need 2 strings per panel. Now gather the curtain panel and with both hands, make pleats. It may take a few tries to get the size of the pleats correct. You will want both the left and right edges of the panel to be facing the window.
When your pleats are how you want them, loosely tie a piece of ribbon/string around the middle of the panel. Follow the pleats down with your fingers and tie another piece of string towards the bottom of the panel.
Since mid October, I have been working on refreshing my two guest bedrooms. They were both a sorry mess and stuck in the 90’s. I will get into more of that later, but these are the window panels I chose for both rooms. They are Emery Linen/Cotton Pole Pocket Drapes in ivory from Pottery Barn. I got the version with the black-out lining so the rooms would be dark in the morning since they face the East. I am really pleased with the way they turned out. It’s been years since I purchased ready-made panels because I almost always make my own soft furnishings. This time I took the easy route and was not disappointed.
I am trying to get these two bedrooms put together and will share them in the next month or so…if all goes well! The older I get, the longer it takes to get things done around here. I’ll be back in a few days with a low-fat dessert idea. See you then!
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