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This isn’t a surprise to you, but my “Repurposed” entry for So You Think You Can Sew Week 2 is the flutter curtains (they’re a knock off of Anthropologie’s Tender Falls Shower Curtain).
I’ll be honest, every time I do an Anthropologie knock off, I feel like I should start my tutorial with a Big Ol’ Disclaimer. These knock-off’s, while fabulous, are a ton of work. And these curtains are no exception.
With that warning, if you want to make some fluttery, lovely, slightly labor intensive curtains, here’s the how-to.
You’ll need– two Ikea “Knoppa” flat sheets (for the curtain panels), another Knoppa sheet cut into circle ‘flutters,’ part of a cream colored sheet, cut into circle ‘flutters,’ and part of another bright white sheet (with a different texture than the linen-y Knoppa) cut into circle ‘flutters,’ a fabric cutter and a circle die (optional, but nice… I used the GoBaby! to cut out all of those circles), invisible thread and needle, sewing supplies.
First sew the curtains panels. To do so, first fold your sheet in half , right sides facing each other. Make sure the bottom hem’s finished edge matches up and pin and sew up the vertical edge. Turn right side in.
Then measure the length from your curtain rod to the floor to find your finished length. Iron over the top edge to match your finished length. Make a curtain rod casing by turning the extra fabric under (I had to cut some off first) and make a ‘tube’ on the top edge with a finished seam (because you turned that extra fabric under and pinned and sewed in place). Optional– Fold and press your curtain in half and in half again and sew along those pressed-in-places lines. This divides the curtain up nicely and gave me good ‘markers,’ but if you’re good at eyeballing space, you might not need this step.
Sew a row of ruffles along the top of the curtain, matching up with the bottom of the curtain rod casing.
To make my flutters, I folded each circle (you use SO MANY circles for this project!) in half, then in half again. I pulled my needle through the point and then back down through the quartered circle and the curtain fabric- just once on most of the flutters, but sometimes twice.
I also used my ‘guide’ lines to divide my panels up into fifths. Before filling the top 20″ with ruffles, I sewed three vertical lines of ruffles in place. Then, I filled in each block, one at a time (using the same flutter method I described above).
Make sure you use a mix of circles to get that haphazard, fluttery look. Add more spaced out flutters on the bottom three quarters of the panel, and you’re finished!
I love having these curtains in the living room, but I think they’d be dreamy in a Master bedroom, or even in a nursery. And if you decide to take this project on (especially after I warned you about how they’re a little fussy), would you send pictures over? I’d love to see your take on them!