It can be really tough to find curtain panels that reflect your style AND your budget. In that case, making your own simple panels can lead to a much happier ending. We spotted these DIY instructions on Casa Sugar...

One of the tips in these instructions that intrigued us was the idea of politely asking the fabric store if they'll cut the strips (for your panels) for you instead of just giving you one piece of fabric. It's worth a shot.

For more photos and step by step instructions, click here.

(Image: Casa Sugar)