Thought I would share a little project that I have wanted to do for years and finally made it happen. We moved into this house over 19 years ago. When you're moving in, your goal is to just get your life organized and functional..."where" I hung my curtain rods was not high on my "to do" list, so they just went up.
Well, for years I thought the rods were hung too low. We had valances at first then these drapes. There never seemed to be a good time, money wise, to change all of them or even afford the fabric (I really wanted, $40.00 per yard) to make them, because they would need to be longer, the windows are wide and they needed to be lined!! Our 2 daughters are in college now and there still isn't extra money to go out and change the drapes. I desperately wanted to move the rods higher, so here's my solution.
I forgot to take a before picture of the curtain rods, but this is a picture of one room on the left not done and the finished room on the right, where the curtain rods is raised up where I wanted it.
Here is the after, where both rods are higher.
See the drapes in the room on the right...perfect length right?
Here's how I did it.
First measure the existing hem on your drapes. Mine is 4 inches...that's how I knew I could raise my curtain rod 4 inches higher.
Up go the rods 4 inches and a little paint job to patch that spot.
Now this is what I was left...drapes that are 4 inches too short.
Ahh, but not for long!
This is what normal store bought drapes look like.
The lining isn't attached at the bottom, so just lift it up and start picking the hem apart.
You can use a seam ripper ...
or the point of your scissors to snip the threads.
Open up the hem and you will see a narrow fold of about a half inch. This is your new hem. Not ideal, but it will do to hold me over until I can buy or make new drapes.
You also have to pick out the corner folds.
This will release the whole hem.
Done. New hem four inches lower.
I used Stitch Witchery to iron down the new hem and side seams. It is a fusible web to iron things together.
Just open seam and place a piece of the Stitch Witchery, fold fabric over and iron.
Perfect length and no one will ever know I have a very tiny hem behind there. Lol
Having the rods higher might not look like much in the pictures, but it made a huge difference in person.
Don't be afraid of change in your home. If you don't like something, think of a way to make it happen...for me, not using money was a kick in the pants to get my brain working for a solution!
Now to paint that tv stand black and repair the holes in the walls!
Have a great day,