Curtains: Make or Buy?

We’re in the homestretch of redoing our kitchen. All along I’ve been planning to make curtains for our sliding glass door in our dining room. and a Roman shade for the kitchen window. I ordered some fabric swatches and they’ve come in the last few days. ┬áThe cabinets are a dark espresso color and the walls are off white, so we have a pretty blank canvas and I want to bring a little color in with blues and possibly greens.┬áHere’s what I had narrowed it down to so far.

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Golding Fabrics Suzanne Indigo

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Braemore Conservatory Bark

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Robert Allen Home Medallion Band Mineral

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Premier Prints Gotcha Summerland Grey

The last one doesn’t meet the color criteria, but I like the pattern. So… here’s where the wrinkle in my plan comes in. I was shopping at Target earlier this week and decided to check out their curtain selection. I ran across one I actually liked. I’m not sure if I love it, but I do like it. It’s hard to see the pattern very well in the picture, but here it is:

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Farrah Fretwork in blue from Target

Considering the cost is about $25 per panel for the ones at Target, I’m considering abandoning my plan of making the curtains for the sliding glass door. My fabric choices ranged from around $8-$18 per yard, so the pre-made would be cheaper. I would likely still attempt to make the Roman shade. My original plan was not to make them matchy matchy but coordinating fabrics, so I could still do that and find a fabric in the same color family.

I’m just not sure what I want to do. After so much DIY in the kitchen, it’s certainly tempting to go with the ready-made panels. Maybe I’ll buy one and bring it home to see how it looks. I can always take it back. This epitomizes the “sometimes” of sometimes-homemade! :)

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  1. theprojectboard March 6, 2013 at 5:51 pm Reply

    Have you decided whether or not you’re going to make your own curtains? For what it’s worth: in December I made curtains for my bedroom and I loved how they turned out. A few weeks ago I bought curtains for our guest bedroom because I didn’t feel like putting in the work to make them and I am really disappointed. The store bought curtains are flimsy and thin. And the curtains are too wide for our window, so I’m going to have to tailor them anyway. I can make good looking and well made curtains for the same price I can buy flimsy, cheap curtains, so I’d rather just put in the work and get the well made curtains. I’ll probably never buy store bought again. Sorry this is so long.

    • sometimes-homemade March 6, 2013 at 6:39 pm Reply

      Thanks for your comment. I did end up buying the ones from Target, but I haven’t hung them yet. I’m definitely going to make a Roman shade for the kitchen window, so I figured I could reuse the fabric if the ones I bought for the dining room didn’t work out. We need to finish the trim work before we can hang the curtains – everything is such a process!

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