Curtains in the Office Complete

Thank you so much for wishing James well.  He is doing great and was definitely in a better mood this weekend.  We didn’t make it to the pumpkin patch, but we did take him to the Greek Festival on Sunday and had so much fun.  I hope your weekend was wonderful too.
I was able to finally complete the curtains for my office on Saturday night (yeah, that’s what Saturday nights look like at our place these days:), but I have to say, I may just hire a seamstress next time I want curtains made!  I found the perfect fabric (Waverly Bedazzle Silver Lining) and foolishly thought, “How hard can it be to make curtains??”  Ha! 


My procrastination alone was probably enough to make it worth hiring someone.  I mean, I had the fabric for probably over a month before I attempted the curtains.  Then, I made one panel and it took another week and a half to get to the other panel!
I don’t know if you’d want to follow my method, which was basically to make two giant pillowcases and attach them to the rod with o-rings.  I drove myself crazy measuring and remeasuring so that both panels would be identical in terms of how the pattern hung. 
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But the real pain was hanging the curtain rod.  My husband was able to place two brackets at the far ends of the window, but then the middle was bowing.  So he tried to put another bracket in the middle and wasn’t able to because he kept hitting what he thought was a stud in the wall.  NINE drill holes later, we realized there must be a steel plate above the window, preventing us from drilling any bracket into the wall in any area directly above the window.   Off to the hardware store for spackling and then using leftover paint to cover the patches. 
I ended up switching out the initial curtain rod for a sturdier one that we weren’t using and spray painted it silver.   I’m wondering if a bigger circumference rod would look better and not bow in the middle at all??


I was somewhat terrified of ending up with high-water curtains so I made the length puddle just a tad.  And I can make them shorter simply by folding over the top side (where they are clipped to the o-ring) a little more.

Although this was a not an easy project for me, I have to say that I do like the result of the new curtains.  And now, at parties, I can casually mention how I make curtains in my spare time. *wink*


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  1. October 11, 2010 / 1:48 am

    You don't just make curtains, they're CUSTOM window treatments (=

  2. October 11, 2010 / 2:08 am

    Tanya- I looove that! Now you're talkin:)

  3. kathie
    October 11, 2010 / 1:51 am

    They look fantastic! And I totally get what you're saying about high-water curtains… it's happened to me, and I still haven't recovered 🙂 I love the fabric you chose, too!

  4. Ashley @ The Hillside Home
    October 11, 2010 / 2:18 am

    Go Megan, Go Megan! 🙂
    They looks awesome. I LOVE yellow & gray! Gorgeous fabric.
    And I love those clip on O-rings. I'm gonna have to use those for my craft room windows!

  5. Jen @ Letsmakeitours
    October 11, 2010 / 2:31 am

    They look fantastic! I love the pattern. If you are looking for a sturdier rod, you might want to consider doing what we did…buying metal piping and spray painting it. It won't be adjustable like the one you have now so it shouldn't bow. We put a center bracket on ours, but only because it was 13 ft and we ended up having to piece it together.

    Here is a post I wrote about it. Good luck!

  6. Desert Domicile
    October 11, 2010 / 2:42 am

    The curtains look fantastic, I love the color and pattern of them!

  7. Anna
    October 11, 2010 / 2:46 am

    Youve done a fantastic job..they look awesome…and really make the room. I am soon to tackle the same project so Im not looking forward to all the little obstacles that Im sure will come my way when doing so…for eg: Not being able to even use a curtain rod as we live in a rental apartment… do I get around that one? x

  8. Courtney {a thoughtful place}
    October 11, 2010 / 2:57 am

    They look awesome. I really love that fabric. That is one of my all time favorite color combinations. Have so been there when trying to hang something and it turns into a ridiculous project. Way to pull through. And I love your desk! Very crisp and clean.

  9. Stephanie
    October 11, 2010 / 4:02 am

    Wow I love that fabric! And I hear ya, sewing drapes are for the professional. I have made many in my lifetime, and every time I remember why I hate to do it, even if it saves money. Yes, you guys are right, there is a metal plate above that window, {I think it helps keep water out around the window in the framing} now you know for the next hanging of treatments. I would go for a fatter white rod, that window can take it and it would be really nice with that fabric. Great job Megan, I am impressed.

  10. emily
    October 11, 2010 / 4:32 am

    The curtains look fabulous! I love that fabric. Great job!

  11. Michelle Hoad
    October 11, 2010 / 4:38 am

    Not one to push as seen on tv crapola, but that mighty putty actually works. You could put it on the back of the bracket and smush it onto the wall. It would hold that center bracket where the steel plate is. Voila! No screws needed.

  12. Andrea
    October 11, 2010 / 5:57 am

    they look awesome! love the fabric!

    i would just get another bracket & put that in the middle so it doesn't bow. you can pick those up anywhere.

  13. October 11, 2010 / 1:07 pm

    They look awesome! You did such a great job first time out. I hate those steel plates above windows. My daughter's dorm rooms as well as apartment has them! Yeh, the measuring, remeasuring, pattern matching gets time consuming and frustrating both.

  14. October 11, 2010 / 3:26 pm

    I love them! You did a great job. 🙂 Maybe a chunky wooden rod wouldn't bow as much? What a pain. At least they look pretty, that's all that matters. 🙂

  15. Megandvd@Beauty in the Attempt
    October 11, 2010 / 11:03 am

    The custome drapes are stunning. Kudos to you for all your hard work. Trust me…I know what it means to have oodles of holes in your wall. I HATE hanging curtains in our home. I think we have steel plates edging each window.


  16. Jade @ Flip Flops + Pearls Design
    October 11, 2010 / 12:00 pm

    Love your "custom window treatments"! I think a larger curtain rod would definitely help your bowing issue…

    Happy Monday!
    xo Jade

  17. -Kasey
    October 11, 2010 / 12:52 pm

    Love them! I have a similar pattern for some pillows I made. There is just something about grays and yellows and really make me all warm and cozy.

  18. October 11, 2010 / 6:35 pm

    I did line them and sew them. I figured since I had the sewing machine and all I should at least try.

    I do think a bigger rod would look better, so I'm looking . . .

    And the Greek Festival was really fun- I'll post some pics at some point.

  19. cassie @ hi sugarplum!
    October 11, 2010 / 4:27 pm

    The fabric is perfect!!! Did you sew or use hem tape?!

  20. cassie @ hi sugarplum!
    October 11, 2010 / 4:28 pm

    Oh, and Greek Festival!!!??? YUM! Our fave every year.

  21. Karen At Home
    October 11, 2010 / 4:35 pm

    Beautiful! They match the paint color in the room perfectly. So pretty.

  22. Emily
    October 11, 2010 / 4:59 pm

    We almost went to the Greek Festival. How was it? The curtains look GREAT! I love the pattern. Also, we did go to Dewberry Farm. It was a great time, although it's definitely in the middle of nowhere! Have a great week! 🙂

  23. Kate @ Chic on a Shoestring Decorating
    October 11, 2010 / 6:15 pm

    Those curtains look fabulous! I am loving damask right now so love that fabric!

  24. Chiquitisha
    October 11, 2010 / 8:14 pm

    Meg, I totally love it. I want to stop by and see it in person! U are the best! U need to help me decorate my beautiful undecorated home… LOL

  25. .pink
    October 11, 2010 / 11:54 pm

    LUV! LUV! The fabric, colour combo and the print…

    …can't wait to see the finished room…

    P.S. Love your space in the blogosphere…I'm a follower

  26. Cozy.Cottage.Cute.
    October 12, 2010 / 1:19 am

    Those look reaaally good. 🙂

  27. Courtney
    October 12, 2010 / 3:55 am

    Love that pattern! You did a great job.

  28. Aja
    October 12, 2010 / 9:15 pm

    They look great! And I am sooo with you on the high-water curtain fear. A number of mine are a bit too long, since I would rather err on the long side than the short!
    Great fabric!

  29. October 15, 2010 / 5:16 pm

    So, I also have to ask…does your hubs complain when you ask for his help with decorating stuff, or is he pretty cool with it? Mine grouches a little bit, but he does like to help. My problem is his OPINIONS on everything. :s

    Thanks so much for joining my party! 🙂 Happy Weekend!

  30. Paula
    October 16, 2010 / 12:09 pm

    Your new curtains look fabulous! I love your fabric choice. I know what you mean about measuring and remeasuring. It's so easy to make a mistake when you sew.

  31. Ginger
    October 21, 2010 / 1:58 am

    Pretty fabric! Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!

  32. Pamela
    October 21, 2010 / 9:40 pm

    Those are beautiful! I love the color combo.

  33. Mel
    October 23, 2010 / 2:46 am

    Beautiful fabric!

  34. Carolyn @ My Backyard Eden
    October 23, 2010 / 5:41 am

    So pretty! I love that fabric.

  35. ````````
    October 24, 2010 / 2:21 am

    The curtains are fabulous! You have inspired me! I think the rod width is good. You can try a bracket in the middle to secure it and eliminate the sag. Michele

  36. October 24, 2010 / 9:55 am

    All the hard work paid off!

    Love it, the curtains match the room perfectly well done.

    I would love it if you linked this to Sew Crafty Saturday over at Sew Chic and Unique.

  37. Hello!
    October 24, 2010 / 9:45 am

    You did an awesome job! you should be very proud! I am now definitely inspired to tackle "sewing my own shower curtain"! I love the fabric you chose!

  38. Ashlee @ I'm Topsy Turvy
    October 25, 2010 / 2:37 am

    What a great idea! And it matches so well. I really like the fabric you used. Thanks for linking up to Topsy Turvy Tuesday's!

  39. Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming
    October 28, 2010 / 11:34 pm

    Megan, what a fabulous fabric choice – Love the colors and print. You work definitely paid off – fantastic job! I featured this on the Sunday Showcase post. Stop by and grab a button if you like. Thanks so much for linking up. Hope you are enjoying your week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

  40. Tammy@InStitches
    November 8, 2010 / 3:46 pm

    The fabric is beautiful and they look great !

  41. Anonymous
    January 3, 2011 / 3:58 pm

    Megan, I love this fabric! Do you remember how many yards you used on this project? Thanks!

  42. orange sugar
    January 7, 2011 / 3:24 pm

    Pretty. I made grommet top curtains for our living room and after that said never again. I wish I could have made them floor length but we have baseboard heaters. Still trying to come up with a solution, I was thinking about buying curtain rod extension brackets. That might keep the curtains away from the front of the heaters. But then I would have to make new curtains. Everything I have seen in the store is so boring, I like pattern and color.

    Here's mine:

  43. Higgs Happenin's
    January 10, 2011 / 12:56 am

    Hi sorry I've never been to your blog before. But I'm always surfing for cute ideas. I love how your curtains look, even if they were a pain. I was actually looking at another curtain DIY on some other blog and they had put a bracket? Rod holder? (ha wow) you know what I mean hopefully. . .Anyway they had put one in the middle of the rod between the two windows. It gave the middle support and distributed the weight preventing bowing. I don't know if you could find another one, but I thought I'd share the idea.

  44. Higgs Happenin's
    January 10, 2011 / 12:57 am

    PS I just realized you don't have two windows. But I think it would still look good centered over the window.

  45. Holly @ Roller Coaster Life
    January 20, 2011 / 6:18 am

    We had the same drooping problem and couldnt get a middle piece to stay in the wall..

    We got a thick curtain rod from target and it works great! No droopy!

  46. QNRosh
    January 20, 2011 / 4:26 pm

    Hi Megan,

    You did a fantastic job on the curtains. I'm also working on a grey/yellow room and I've been looking for curtains…these are awesome. How big is your window and about how many yards did you use? I'd love to try it out!


  47. February 17, 2011 / 7:30 pm

    This sounds EXACTLY like what I have been going through lately. I was so frustrated. I had the holes, the spackle, the metal above the window, the stud, the droopy rods…everything. LOL But yours turned out great! Guess I'll have to just keep trying! 🙂

  48. Elsa
    February 23, 2011 / 4:03 pm

    We had the EXACT same problem when hanging curtain rods in our bedroom a few weeks ago! Apparently most new homes around here have a steel plate that is a storm brace above most windows. What a pain!

  49. January 27, 2013 / 12:47 am

    Do you remember how many yards you bought for the fabric? Or have many yards per window panel? Thanks!

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