{how to} make a ribbon curtain

I have this notebook where after I pin 1,000 things on Pinterest I make notes of what I might need or alternatives to what was listed (like substitutions in a recipe). Can you imagine how messy that notebook is? Also, how full?

I took it with me this week while I stopped in a few of my favorite thrift stores and drove around my favorite abandoned roads or warehouses.

Source: goodhousekeeping.com via Jodi

I remember seeing these rolls of what looked like Jeans, cut up, to me and wondered how I could use them. I didn’t know, so I passed them up – but kept checking to see if they hung around. Which they did. Apparently they’re used to make rugs which I didn’t want to do but I finally had an idea for what to use them for.

{how to} make a ribbon curtain, no sew!

Looking back at the Pin, I like their fastening structure much better than what I ended up with – but it was bedtime and lighting was rough and I just needed to do something and finish it.

Ever have that? The need to create – but not only start the project?

I needed to accomplish it.

{how to} make a ribbon curtain, no sew!

So – let’s get down to business:

You’ll Need:

# Whatever you want to use!
# A scissors

Simple? I chose the rolls of jean strips – a greenish, pattern and blue, 2 different ribbons (polka dot grey and bright green rick-rack) and I picked up a broken zipper from the thrift store too. Texture is very fun and the color was perfect.

{how to} make a ribbon curtain, no sew!

Here’s my before:

{how to} make a ribbon curtain, no sew!

The curtain rod was there from when we moved in the house. I re-used it.

I started by eye-balling my measurements for each strip … pull, cut. Rinse and repeat.

{how to} make a ribbon curtain, no sew!

{how to} make a ribbon curtain, no sew!

{how to} make a ribbon curtain, no sew!

I was measuring about 1 1/2 arms length for each cut and then hanging each strip over the curtain rod.

{how to} make a ribbon curtain, no sew!

{how to} make a ribbon curtain, no sew!

{how to} make a ribbon curtain, no sew!

I got done and then wondered how the heck I was going to do this. I didn’t consult the Pin I bookmarked. I just went for it – I tried to knot it like you would a shoelace but didn’t like how that made the ribbons hang down. So then I tried this:

{how to} make a ribbon curtain, no sew!

And wasn’t loving the scarcity it showed on the curtain rod – but thought it was better than my alternative. I couldn’t leave them dangling there free because a certain 3 year old would think – oh hey! A swing! And pull them all down or try to jump to them and then fall and get hurt.

Those are literal though processes I go through when I bring anything into his room that’s new. How is he going to try and destroy this? Which means I have to know how to counteract that.

So – I had to fasten these to the curtain rod and fiddled with the knot enough to come up with a result where I was ok with the way it hung.

You put your ribbon under and then over your curtain rod:

{how to} make a ribbon curtain, no sew!

Fold down and to your left:

{how to} make a ribbon curtain, no sew!

Under and over to the right:

{how to} make a ribbon curtain, no sew!

And then through your loop and pull.

{how to} make a ribbon curtain, no sew!

{how to} make a ribbon curtain, no sew!

I trimmed the extra ribbon after all knots were fastened …

Here’s my after:

{how to} make a ribbon curtain, no sew!

{how to} make a ribbon curtain, no sew!

I’m going to do this in my daughters room too but will try the necktie knot and let you know how it goes 🙂

One thought on “{how to} make a ribbon curtain

  1. I really, really think that I might do this too, Jodi! I have been looking and looking for something for my bedroom for a long time…almost bought some placemats at Target several times to make a V like pattern, but I think I like this even better!! Now, the search is on, for just the right combination…that will be half the fun!

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