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Stretchy Fabric: Frugal Curtains

April 18, 2008

Having lived 3 places within our first year of marriage, I didn’t want to spend much on curtains when the window sizes would change from residence to residence. We hope to only be in the States for a few more years, so window treatments aren’t something I want to spend much money on.

I’ve always loved the way that sheer curtains let light in and the warm, soft look they create. Looking for those elements, I went fabric hunting in the clearance fabric section of Wal*Mart! I was happy to find several styles of sheer, navy fabric marked at $1.00 per yard. I’ve been able to use it in each of our three living spaces. All I did was drape it over a curtain rod and tie a knot it the middle (in our first 2 residences) or use hooks to drape it over (in our current residence).

Here’s how it looked in our men’s dormitory apartment:

And in the bedroom of the same apartment…

Over the bed… (the lovely furnished apartment–I’d love to have a headboard…and dressers like that now!)

It even made a great closet door!

Could use some help...

Now that we’ve lived in our current house for almost a year, it’s about time I start working on our window treatments here! 🙂 Now I just need to find some inexpensive rods and hooks!


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  • vigilant20 April 18, 2008 at 4:06 pm

    Looking good! Very creative idea to put it over the bed, really adds a lot.

  • Ellen April 18, 2008 at 6:04 pm

    Thanks for including the photos. I’ll only get fabric if it comes from the $1 table at Wal-Mart.

  • southern April 19, 2008 at 5:57 am

    check out she has a lot of ideas for ways to trim your windows without rods. She is living in a rental with a LOT of windows and she has done some beautiful treatments using ring clips or tacks to hang them.

  • Kendra April 19, 2008 at 4:18 pm

    What a cute idea! You are so thrifty. Dan must be really proud of you!

    Okay, so I tagged you to for 5 Budget Busters. Hope you can play along!

  • Louise April 26, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    Very nice photos. Thanks for sharing!