Shabby Chic style curtains are something I’ve wanted in my bedroom for a long time. Probably since I made my first bed-sized quilt with retro prints. I really like the Simply Shabby Chic line from Target, and of course, anything by the original Shabby Chic girl, Rachel Ashwell, but I couldn’t find curtains that I liked that were the right size.
I’ve been collecting shabby chic style vintage sheets for a long time. Whenever I found one for a good price, I’d pick it up. I even bought a few sets of Simply Shabby Chic curtains from various thrift stores that I thought may work; however, they were not long enough.
Plus, I had this idea of what I wanted (sort of like my duvet cover I made several years ago), but found that patchwork curtains in the style I imagined didn’t really exist. What’s a thrifty, crafty girl to do? Make my own curtains, of course.
So, I dug into the 2 boxes of thrifted sheets and curtains and started to cut large blocks. I didn’t worry too much about how long each one was, but kept them all the same width (12 – 18 inches). Then, I sewed together the strips into long rows, just like a quilt. I used a random pattern- the only real “rule” I had was to avoid placing two exact prints in close proximity.
For the next step, I sewed the rows together to make the panels.
Originally, I planned to just do a simple rod pocket at the top of the curtain, and then I remembered that I had a few Simply Shabby Chic curtain panels in my stash. They were the wrong length for my window, but a good width. So, I cut the tops of the 2 panels off the original curtains, and treated them like the top row on my panel.
To make sure they will survive through regular washings, I did zig zag over each long seam. I learned the hard way with my vintage sheet duvet cover that this is an important step. A simple hem on the sides and bottom, and they were done!
I’m very happy with how they turned out. I didn’t worry about lining them. I really like how the light looks shining through them.
Think about digging into those vintage sheets you’ve been collecting to create your own one-of-a-kind curtains! It’s easier than I thought it would be.