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DIY Home Decorating Idea: How to Pinch-Pleat IKEA Curtains

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After a solid year of having to wear pants at all times in my house, for Christmas I am finally getting myself the gift of curtains. Even if you do want to wear pants all the time and don’t worry about the neighbors judging your TV-watching choices, curtains are an excellent way to pull a room together and make everything look elegant and finished. Unfortunately, they can be very expensive. Enter this budget solution.

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Between the rods and hardware necessary to get the curtains up above the windows, prices start to add up, and it can be difficult to find curtains on a budget that do not look like budget curtains. Luckily, there is a hack for that.

Starting with an ordinary pair of Lenda curtains from IKEA, Linda from Calling it Home shows how to get a significantly more high-end look by adding pleats and a patterned border with Stitch Witchery and some simple sewing. A bit of buckram at the top gives the fabric shape, and some weights in the hem keep them hanging nice and straight.

It takes a lot of measuring to get the pleats that exact, but the end result looks like a pair of much more expensive curtains. One could also use the tutorial to just start from scratch and make pinch-pleated curtains from fabric.

Check out the full instructions and plenty more photos (including of the cute dog) over at Calling it Home.