About 5 years and 3 houses ago, we purchased the Lenda curtains from IKEA. I’ve always loved them because they are nice and heavy, sturdy and machine washable. And the price was perfect back then at $30 a pair.
When we were planning on redecorating the living room a few months ago, I had wanted new curtains, but now that the room is almost finished, I actually really like those old curtains in here again. The color is great and I like the texture and weight too.
The tab tops, however, were more casual than I wanted. So I sewed the tabs down to the back of each panel and now they are hidden!
It really is that easy. I pinned down each tab on the first panel, but found the pinning wasn’t even necessary for the next 5 panels. Once each tab is in place, sew on top of the seam that is already in the curtain a few inches down. As long as your thread is the same color as the original, your new seams will be pretty much invisible.
When you’re finished sewing, slip the curtain rod inside the new pocket you’ve made between the tab and curtain.
And just like that, in a couple minutes per panel, we have more tailored and formal “Ripplefold” curtains.
Big difference for such a fast and simple alteration!
Speaking of big differences, I can’t wait to show you the whole living room. Just have a few more little projects like this one to complete and you’ll get the big reveal with all the before and after photos.