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Curtain Rods Window Treatments Instructions

With proper curtain rods window treatments instructions you can create simple to fantastic window coverings from any number of fabrics or materials. What a great place to explore your creativity and make your fashion statement.

The do-it-yourself seamstress can save a great deal of money by creating window treatments at home. A wealth of instructions and patterns are available for making curtains, hanging curtain rods, and just about anything else you can do to a window.

Have you ever had a set of bed linens you just couldn't bear to part with? They can be transformed into delightful curtains for the bedroom or bathroom. One such project is described by Debbie Colgrove in About.com's "Bed Linens Decorate the Bathroom". Debbie took a ruffled pillow and turned it into a frilly window treatment by simply opening its seams and adding ribbon tiebacks. A top sheet became a shower curtain by rearranging its hems and tacking a bed ruffle to its top.

Curtain rods come in many shapes, sizes, and materials. One of the finest collections of curtain rods on the web is at the Curtainrods.com online store. Here you will find wooden curtain rods ranging from 1-3/8" to 3" in diameter; plain and decorative traverse rods; and even flexible traverse rods that take the pain out of covering bay and corner windows. Crystal-clear plastic rod systems hide the hardware and focus attention on your window curtains. Magnetic curtain rods hold up lightweight window curtains in small kitchen and bathroom windows. An equally broad assortment of finials, decorative brackets, and other fine touches make this your one-stop store for window treatment hardware.

Most of a window curtain's cost lies in the cloth. A variety of money-saving tips and tricks are available on the Dollar Stretchers Low Cost Draperies web page. A window curtain made from a garage sale tablecloth cost under ten dollars. Blankets can also be used and are especially good insulators for windows that get a lot of hot sunlight. Dollar stores and sewing centers often have instructions and patterns sets on sale for 99 cents.

Kitchen curtain instructions and patterns, and even a fabric yardage calculator, are available on the About.com Kitchen Curtains web page. Instructions and patterns are provided for embroidered curtains, but if you don't have embroidering options on your sewing machine there are other options such as braid, ric-rac, and other types of trim that require just a straight stitch.

When looking at instructions and patterns for window treatments, keep in mind these factors:

  1. Complication how difficult do you really want to make this project? Will simple cafe curtains do, or do you have the time and energy for more complex cuttings, hemmings, and pleatings?
  2. Cost How much do you want to spend on curtain rods, finials, sheer curtains, liners, etc.?
  3. Instructions Are they clear as water or mud? If you can’t visualize each step of the construction process while reading instructions in a store, how likely are you to understand them with scissors in hand and a mouth full of pins?
  4. Measuring Remember, "measure twice, cut once". Be sure to allow plenty of extra material for gatherings and folds.

You can easily enough make your own window coverings with curtain rods window treatments instructions, patience and some time. Have fun creating your own, unique look with your curtains.

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