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Take your curtains from ho-hum to hip

Filed Under: home decor, art, sewing

We had a pair of taupe tab-top curtains in out office/craft room that were bland to say the least. To jazz them up a little, I figured I'd take a little inspiration from the current wall decal trend. Less than 2 hours later, we had some pretty hip curtains without a hefty price tag. Here's how you can create your own:

- Boring curtains
- About 1/2 yard of contrasting fabric
- Paper-backed fusible web of your choice (I've used Pellon Wonder Under, Heat 'n' Bond, and Steam-A-Seam and Steam-A Seam is by far my favorite. Make no mistake though, once you iron that stuff down, it's not coming off)
- Printable cardstock (and printer)
- Silhouette of your choice (I got mine from the extensive collection at Stencilry)
- Scissors
- Pen or Pencil
- Iron

1. Print your silhouette in multiple sizes (unless you want them all the same size) onto cardstock and cut out.

2. Determine the number of each size you need and trace them onto fusible web backing. When tracing, remember that the silhouette will be the mirror image of what you trace. I wrote "up" on one side of all my silhouettes so I wouldn't mistakenly trace any backwards.

Take your curtains from ho-hum to hip(click thumbnails to view gallery)

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3. With the paper backing facing upwards,iIron fusible web to reverse side of fabric. Be sure to follow the instructions regarding how much heat to use, otherwise you might not get a secure bond.

4. Carefully cut out silhouettes and remove paper backing.

5. Place silhouettes in the desired positions on curtains and iron into place. I recommend using scrap fabric as a press cloth instead of placing the iron directly on the fabric and curtains. Just in case there's any dirt or stray glue on iron (speaking from experience here people).

6. Hang curtains, pour yourself a drink, and revel in how very clever you are!

If you try this, please do share your results.

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