When we arrived at the Cinder block apartment, that would be my wonderful husband and my first home, the walls echoed so much that Kris (My husband) could not hear. The echo amplified in his hearing aids drowning out all other sound. curtains needed to go up and go up fast to help absorb the extra sound and bring down the echo. Normally It would have taken me weeks to make make the perfect curtains for our new home, but we did not have weeks. these were made and went up in a matter of 5ish minutes and unless you look really closely no one would know the difference. (the bottom edge is unfinished and can fray, but I turned it under so it never looked bad enough for me to fix.
Disclaimer: this method will leave 1-2 unfinished edges that will ravel. I tucked mine under so they would not be seen (the need for speed way outweighed the cost of a few stringy edges). To quickly finish the edges (without a machine) you can fold the raw edge back 1/2″ and lay down a line of glue between the folds near the edge. or run fray-check along the edge (It is great stuff) if you have time and a machine, then a simple rolled hem would only take a few more minutes.
what you will need
– 2 Long pieces of fabric
– Safety pins
I found this fabric on sale at Walmart and it has served me well for three and a half years in 3 different campus housing dorms. In those three years I never finished sewing them (and I am an apparel design major, Yikes!)
cut the ribbon into strips
I made the strips as long as my hand so i would have plenty of ribbon to play with.
see the color change along the edge of the fabric on the right of this picture? (not the bit I have folded over, but right above my pointer finger running up and down)? that is called salvage. and for us it works as a finished edge. so that side we don’t have to hem
If you want the curtains to run horizontal, long across, but short. (like I have them in this room) that salvage will be next to the curtain rod
If you want the curtains to run Long wise and reach from floor to cealing then fold one edge that does not have salvage down. like you see me doing here
(for long curtains)
fold the edge with fraying threads towards the back then fold the ribbon in half and safety pin it to to the back of the curtain with the loops sticking up (try to keep the loops the same size above the top of the fabric (it does not have to be perfect) put the safety pins up close to the top where so you hook through the ribbon and both layers of the folded fabric
(For Horizontal curtains)
fold the ribbon in half and pin it to the back of the curtain directly above the salvaged edge. loops should be sticking up above the edge (no need to fold anything over). try to keep the loops the same size above the top of the fabric (it does not have to be perfect)
do this along the top spacing the ribbons out evenly and pining the end ribbons right on the corner. (it helps me to find the middle and work out from there)
all that is left is to thread a curtain road through them and hang them
The ties on the curtains are just pieces of ribbon wrapped around part of the curtain and saftypinned half way.
I used really light weight cheepo curtain rods from walmart so that the rods would not be to much weight for my command strips.
I hung my curtain rods with command strips because I could not put a screw in the concrete cinderblock walls. (make sure you give the command strips a day to set up on the wall before hanging the curtains. otherwise the curtains will be too heavey and weaken the command strip causing it to fall off the wall.
While I loved using command strips for this house they are not a perfect product I used one on a normal dry wall and it ripped the paint and a little bit of plaster off. but they were my best option at the time.