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Operation Organization: Closet Storage

Confession: my closet looks like a hot mess around 70% of the time.  Okay, maybe 75% of the time.  Okay, lets just not quantify it.  Here’s a thing I did to help myself get a little more organized in the closet.

disguise ugly storage shelves with a curtain

My closet is actually considerably big for my little 571 sq. ft. apartment.  It’s just under 37 sq. ft., and at 8 1/2 ft deep, there’s a fair amount of walkin’ space.  It’s almost 5 ft wide, leaving me plenty of room to put a shelf on the back wall, and still hang my clothes on the adjacent rod.

My bookshelf is one of those inexpensive composite-wood, adjustable shelving units that you can find at most big-box stores.  Its just over 6 ft tall, around 3 ft wide and 1 ft deep.  I purchased it 6ish years ago, and it’s in good shape, so I’d say I’ve definitely gotten my money’s worth… but… with all of my purses and wallets and clutches and shoes on it, it’s uggo.

disguise ugly storage shelves with a curtain

It’s nothing that a curtain rod, a curtain, some paint, and a sponge can’t fix, though.

I attached a $5 curtain rod (from Target, maybe?) to the top of my shelf.

disguise ugly storage shelves with a curtain

My curtain had visible tabs, but I didn’t want that, so I folded them over and sewed them in place.  The curtain rod now slips in the tabs behind the top hem.  Tabs be gone.

disguise ugly storage shelves with a curtain

disguise ugly storage shelves with a curtain

disguise ugly storage shelves with a curtain

disguise ugly storage shelves with a curtain

Then I hemmed the bottom of the curtain up a few inches.  I just hung it on the shelf and marked where I wanted the bottom to be with a piece of chalk.  No pesky measuring, here.

disguise ugly storage shelves with a curtain

disguise ugly storage shelves with a curtain

Then I cut a damp kitchen sponge into a triangle, and used black and grey latex paint to create a random geometric pattern on the curtain.

disguise ugly storage shelves with a curtain

disguise ugly storage shelves with a curtain

disguise ugly storage shelves with a curtain

Old baking tins lined with aluminum foil make great paint trays, and allow for easy cleanup!

disguise ugly storage shelves with a curtain

Now I don’t have to stare at what could be considered a “hoarders stash” of shoes and purses every time I walk by or into my closet!  I still have a ways to go before anyone could consider this closet pinterest-worthy, but at least I’ve got the ball rolling.  Baby steps.

disguise ugly storage shelves with a curtain

disguise ugly storage shelves with a curtain

I already had all of the supplies used in this project so I’m not sure of the exact cost, but I’d bet that you could easily re-create this on your own for under $50.  All you need is a composite wood shelf, a cheap curtain rod, a curtain, a sponge and some paint!

What solutions do you use to store your purses and shoes?  Link to them in the comments section so I can see!

xo

J

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A Curtain Of Sorts

I recently completed a pretty big project that I’m totally obsessed with.  I’m gonna give it to ya in two posts though, so you’re not stuck reading a one thousand word diy essay, k?  Lets talk about how to sew curtains.

how to sew hidden tab top curtains

Supplies:

  • Blue Hawk 9′ x 6′ canvas drop cloth
  • Iron / ironing board
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Fabric scissors
  • Yardstick
  • Binder clips
  • Seam ruler (not necessary but certainly helpful)

I wanted this curtain to be floor-to-ceiling, and my ceilings are 8′ high, so the first step was to trim this guy down.  I also wanted it to be just under 4′ wide.  So I measured 4′ feet from the long side at both the top and bottom edges, folded it over and clipped it in place using binder clips.

how to sew hidden tab top curtains

I then ironed a line down the length of the curtain and used that as my guide to cut the fabric as straight as possible.

I repeated the process across the width by making a fold, clipping with binder clips, ironing and cutting across my ironed line.  I went with 8′ 1″ so that once it was hemmed it would be down to 8′.

For the side hem, I used a seam ruler to iron a 1″ fold along the length of the canvas.  I then folded it within itself, resulting in a 1/2″ fold.

how to sew hidden tab top curtains

Then the side got a double stitch hem all the way down.  I used a needle and thread in my sewing machine specifically designed for heavy weight fabric.

how to sew hidden tab top curtains

The hem along the width would serve as the top of my curtain.  I prefer hidden tab-top curtains.  I just like the way they look.  The process to make them is a bit more tedious but the juice is worth the squeeze if you ask me.

For my tabs, I cut nine 2″ x 4″ rectangles out of my canvas scraps.

how to sew hidden tab top curtains

I folded the long edges into the center and ironed.

how to sew hidden tab top curtains

And then used a zig zag stitch down the middle for added sturdiness.  This left me with nine 1″ wide, 4″ long strips.

how to sew hidden tab top curtains

how to sew hidden tab top curtains

Using the same folding and ironing technique as I used on the long side of the curtain, I prepared the top to be hemmed, but before I double stitched it, I tucked each of my 1″ wide tabs under the fold, about 4 1/2″ inches apart.

how to sew hidden tab top curtains

Then the tabs got double stitched into the top hem.

how to sew hidden tab top curtains

I folded the bottoms over and stitched them in about an inch and a half below the top hem so that I could slide a dowel rod through like so.

how to sew hidden tab top curtains

 

how to sew hidden tab top curtains

how to sew hidden tab top curtains

And voila!  I turned a $10 canvas drop cloth into a curtain of sorts.  I’ve used this method on several different fabrics for curtains for friends of mine and it works like a charm every time.

Stay tuned to find out how I used this curtain!  Hint: it’s not over a window.

Do you like to sew your own curtains or do you prefer to buy them?  Do tell…