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The great thing about Minnesota weather is that if you don’t like it, just wait…it will change.  That is exactly what happened this past weekend.

On Saturday we had record breaking temperatures. Records set in 1896. We hit 55 degrees. 55 degrees at the end of February! Seriously these are temperatures we feel in April.

Fifty five degrees brought beautiful, glorious sunshine all day long.

And then on Sunday, it snowed. Minnesota weather at its finest.

So I would like to jump back to that Saturday and enjoy a few more minutes of the warm brilliant sunshine.

Looking at that picture I realized something.

The window from the picture above has curtain panels that I made.

I started to look around the house and I guess I have made several of the curtains in our home.

For instance, this multi-colored bird valance hangs in the bathroom over the tub and the grey, yellow and turquoise flower patterned panels are hung on the sides of the windows in the bedroom so they do not obstruct the view.

Making pillows and making curtains is not that different. They are squares with sewn edges.

What’s that? You don’t sew?

That’s okay, let me show you a trick.

Let’s take a little closer look at these curtains with all of the glorious sunshine.

The edges of these curtains are not finished. My husband teases me that I change by curtain décor so often I don’t have time to sew the edges.

He isn’t too far off.

I love fabric and curtain panels are the easiest way to change the feeling of a room.

All you need is a pair of Pinking Shears. (Scissors with sawtooth blades used for cutting a zigzag pattern to help prevent unraveling.)  You can find them online or at a Joanns Fabric store.

The fabric I like to work with is a cotton poly blend. It is light weight and easy to cut. Typically the width is 60 inches which will make 1 set of 30″  cut curtain panels.

Here are 5 easy steps for making your own curtains:

  1. Measure the length of your window. Add two to three inches for the curtain rod hanger. Add additional inches if you would like the length of the panels to go to the floor.
  2. Purchase a fabric you like
  3. Cut the fabric in half lengthwise using the pinking shears.
  4. Trim the ends of the fabric using the pinking shears.
  5. Attach the curtain ring clips to the curtain rod you have previously hung.

Step back and admire your work.

Things to remember. This finish will not with stand a lot of wear and tear. But it will look good enough until you find the next fabric you love.

Happy Leap Day. See you on Wednesday,