Crafty (& Handy) Stairway

Quick New Curtains

I whipped up a couple of new curtains yesterday for the front door and window using an ANNO LJUV sheer panel from IKEA. The fabric was a little tricky because the flower petals are stiff and the rest is a very soft mesh, but I used the zigzag stitch on my sewing machine (a first for me) and that worked well. I think that slipping another café curtain rod (I use the $3 cheapies from Target) along the bottom will help the window curtain hang more smoothly.

The front entry seems to get so much more light now! Well, that’s probably also because I took the screen door off. I was feeling industrious yesterday.

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  • A Jill of All Trades
    October 15, 2010 at 10:01 am

    I am all about finding ways to let more light in! We have a Ranch style house, so most of the bedroom windows are small and I hate it. It’s a good thing we won’t be living here for much longer.

  • Design Elements
    October 15, 2010 at 10:03 am

    more light is perfect.

    happy weekend

  • Jenae
    October 15, 2010 at 10:03 am

    I love Ikea’s panel curtains. They can totally transform a window.

  • Wendy
    October 15, 2010 at 10:32 am


  • Laurie
    October 15, 2010 at 10:49 am

    Very pretty!!!

  • Jamie
    October 15, 2010 at 10:57 am

    That looks fabulous!!!

  • Sara W
    October 15, 2010 at 11:12 am

    Oooh love how this looks!

  • Katie Truelove
    October 15, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    I love how the light comes through there- so pretty!

  • Carrie
    October 15, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    Did you paint the entryway?
    I really love that fabric and look! So pretty!

  • Caitlin
    October 15, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    Wow, the new shade looks great! Is it super sheer/almost see-through or is there enough privacy?

  • Urbanblonde
    October 15, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    What no ditch digging? ;)

    Taking off a screen door and sewing that curtain (which I love by the way!) seems a lot like nesting! :)

  • Lindsay
    October 15, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    You always find the greatest fabrics and textiles. Very inspirational :)
    Love your home and your blog!


  • Mandi
    October 16, 2010 at 8:54 am

    It’s really pretty! You might prefer something stiff but flat and translucent in that bottom channel, rather than another cafe rod . . . many materials would work, but I’m thinking of something along the lines of a clear acrylic ruler (but in the appropriate length/thickness.) Even clear acetate would stiffen/smooth it appreciably.

  • Nicole
    October 16, 2010 at 11:33 am

    I absolutely love this website. So many good ideas and everything is so nicely done. I have been thinking about what kind of curtain to use for my front entryway window (nearly identical to this one!) and I think I may try something similar. Thanks for sharing.

  • Brigitte
    October 16, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    Lovely! My sewing machine is so old that it doesn’t even offer zig-zag, which severely limits my sewing. It’s such a bummer.

    You could also pick up some drapery weights, as an alternative to a rod. They have them at Joann’s.

  • Holyoke Home
    October 18, 2010 at 9:52 am

    OOoh! I really liked the previous iteration, but this is SO pretty!

  • The Austin Betty
    October 18, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    How did you hang up the curtain? What hardware did you use?

  • Mrslimestone
    October 18, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    Pretty! I love the pattern on these but the whole wall of them is too much for me. This is just perfect.

  • Jenn
    October 18, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    Love the curtain! My mom needed to weight her curtains too and my stepdad bought her roll-up lead weight. It looks like clay rolled up.

  • EmmmyLizzzy
    October 18, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    Very nice – I’ve been eyeing this panel for awhile now. Looks great!

  • Debbie
    October 19, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    I have always loved Tord Boontje’s panel curtains ( and I’m thrilled to see that Ikea is now making a panel curtain that has that same organic pattern and translucency. I am totally going to try this on a window in my entry way!

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