When it comes to crafting, I frequently have stress about the gap between my original vision and the not-so-nailed-it final product. I have gorgeous windows in my classroom, and I wanted to soften the tops (and shade our screen from the afternoon glare) with some fabric valances.
If you Google "no-sew class curtains," you inevitably come up with solutions involving ironing and double-sided tape. If I put my mind to it, I know I could make it work. I also had a dear friend make a very kind offer to sew my curtains for me. But I came across a solution that took five minutes to assemble after I bought the materials, and I wanted to share it with my fellow no-iron/not-crafty teachers out there who still dream of happy curtains.
Here's what you'll need:
1) Fold the top edge of the fabric over and safety pin it to the back. You can actually skip this step and just use the raw edge if you like. You can also fold the bottom edge and pin it if you don't want the cut edge to show.
2) Clip binder clips at 6 - 10 inch intervals along the top edge of the curtain (depending on how long and heavy the fabric is).
3) Loop the binder rings through the silver parts of the binder clips.
4) Line the curtain rod up next to the fabric, and fasten the binder rings to the curtain rod.
5) Place the curtain rod in your window frame, and love your new curtains!
My office supply solution may not be the most polished, but it was quick, manageable, and it would definitely work if I had any open cabinets I wanted to cover, too.
Hope you find it helpful!
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