So, with this crazy move from my old school to a new school, I don’t have lots of time to make fancy drapes. My old classroom had a corkboard strip above the windows so I could staple my fabric at the top, but my new school does not. So, I had to go on a little adventure and ended up making cheap DIY drapes.
This is how you make fabric drapes the (very) cheap way…
What you need for making cheap DIY drapes:
- shower curtain rod
- ‘Stitch Witchery’- iron-on hemming
- damp cloth
1. Fold the fabric over the shower curtain rod. Leave about an inch or two extra on the backside. That is because you are going to lay the stitch witchery (fake hemming) along the back. It’s about half an inch wide, so you’ll need some extra fabric to connect it.
2. Lay the iron-on hemming right under the fold you just made around the shower curtain. This is a very thin fabric that when heated up, becomes bonded to the other fabric it is touching. Here is my affiliate link to Amazon for this iron-on hemming. (Link: StitchWitchery)
3. Put a damp cloth on top of the fabric and hold the iron on top of the damp cloth for 10 seconds. Do not move the iron back and forth like you typically would, just hold it there. The washcloth is there to protect your curtains from getting burnt. When it cools off, test it to make sure it is securely connected.
And they are done! Although they aren’t quality drapes you may find in the store, you pay WAY less! You’re paying about $5 for the Stitch Witchery, plus the cost of the fabric, which you can find fairly cheap at Michaels. Making cheap DIY drapes is also pretty easy.
The Finished DIY Product
Above is the finished product in my new room! I think they make my reading corner look so cozy.
For more ideas on how to make your classroom cute and more functional, check out this post on setting up the classroom.