(It works best if you say that title like Tom Hanks in Castaway.)
There is only one window in this house without some sort of covering, and that is the tiny window in our laundry room. This window looks directly into our neighbor’s house, but for a long time no one lived there so this wasn’t an issue. Now someone does live there and this window lines up directly with one of their windows, and every time I walk into the laundry room I expect to see someone there staring out at me. (That has yet to happen.)
Anyway, it’s on my list of little house projects that I wanted to tackle this summer and this seemed like an easy place to start. I followed this no sew curtain tutorial from Young House Love, to cover up this naked window.
I needed to hem all four sides of the fabric, so I ironed the edge first, so placing the hem tape and ironing would be easy. I know it doesn’t look like it in this picture, but that is a straight edge, much unlike the edge where the fabric was cut.
I wish I had some fancy advice for making your edge straight. Oh! Here’s my advice! Go with a geometric pattern so you can line your fold up along the same place all of the way down.
Here are all four edges hemmed. I used Stitch Witchery which is a fusable webbing, but you can also use hem tape, which is similar (I think) but has two sticky sides so it sticks in place until it has been ironed. This might be an easier way to go with a larger project. Here I was only working with a yard of fabric, so keeping things in place wasn’t a problem.
I apologize for the iPhone photography from this point forward.
Two things: 1)We rarely use that ironing board, so I don’t really think it needs to live right here. I think I want to get something to hang it behind the door (not pictured because I’m standing in the doorway) but I wonder if it would bang against the door every time I open it. 2) I knew this was a small window, but it was bigger than I was remembering it in the fabric store. When the curtain is opened it’s almost flat, and I kind of wish I had gotten more fabric.
All together this cost roughly $15. The curtain rod, curtain rings with clips and fabric were all under $5 each.
I have spent entirely too long trying to come up with a fun way to end this post, but we’re talking about a post about a curtain. In a laundry room. So.