Garden Suite Curtain Reveal and Tutorial

I think I’ve teased you enough by giving you glimpses of my curtains over the past week. I knew this post was going to be quite long (bear with me), so I wanted to give myself enough time to put everything together. Without further ado, here they are….


I am beyond thrilled with how they turned out! Plus, they were super easy to make (in comparison to my last attempt at curtains).

I actually got all of the fabric at Walmart, yep… Walmart! Recently the Walmart in my town decided to close its fabric section. so all of the material went on sale for 50% off. Talk about being at the right place at the right time. Because of the sale, I was able to make each panel for only $10 (not including hardware). Amazing!

DIY Curtains and Forged Nail Rod | Inspired by Charm

I’m going to attempt to share the whole process with you, but I need to first tell you that I’m not a master carpenter or sewer / curtain maker. This means, that as I explain my process, my terminology may be incorrect and my methods may be downright silly. I am aware of this. I just did what I thought would look and work best. That being said, I am beyond happy with the finished product; I wouldn’t change a thing and I highly recommend my method. So here goes.

My windows have wide molding so I just added two 2 x 4s (one in front of the other) to the top ledge of my window. Both boards were screwed into the wall. I was careful not to put any screws in the middle because that’s where I would later be putting the forged nails.


All of the joints were sealed with wood filler, sanded, and painted.


Next, I installed the forged nails. I showed them to you a while back. They are reproductions. (I got them on eBay for a steal, but can’t seem to find them now. Maybe they are sold out?) I measured 1 1/2 inches down the 2×4 and ran a piece of masking tape across the length of the board to ensure that the nails lined up.

Then I made small marks at three-inch intervals. (I chose all of these measurements randomly, not for any specific reason. It seemed to work out perfectly. – Can you tell that I’m not a huge planner? I would just rather do a project and hope for the best. It isn’t the best advice, but it keeps life interesting!)

Next, I used a hammer to put a nail in at each mark. All of the nails went in fairly easily unless I hit a knot in the wood which required a little extra hammering.

Coming along nicely.


Finished! It was actually a very easy process.

I decided to use this method to hang my curtains because I didn’t need / want them to move. I think they call such curtains “dummy panels.” Also, there are radiators in front of two of the windows – another reason I didn’t want the panels to move. The last thing I need is a fire!

All right, now that the hardware was installed, it was time to make the curtains …
First, I measured the curtains to length. I knew I wanted my curtains to rest slightly on the floor. Once I knew how long they needed to be, I added 6 inches for the bottom and an additional 2 inches for the top. (I’ll explain why in a minute.)


I kept the width the same as it came off the bolt. I think it was 54 inches. I then cut off the salvage edge becasue I was told this could cause the curtain panels to pucker.

Then I was ready to sew. For the sides of the panels, I folded the edge over onto the back 2 inches, pinned and sewed a seam.

Once that was sewn, I folded it over again, pinned, and sewed another seam. This step isn’t essential, but it gives a nice, crisp tailored look should someone look at the backs of the curtains. Also, these panels are not lined. I chose not to add a lining since they wouldn’t beused in front of the actual window and wouldn’t be affected by the sun.

This photo illustrates pure laziness. My pin cushion was on the opposite side of the table which I didn’t realize until I started sewing. Instead of getting up and grabbing it, I used my hoodie sleeve instead.


Once both sides of the panel were finished, I did the bottom and top in the same way. For the bottom, I folded up three inches, pinned, sewed. folded up three inches again, pinned, and sewed.
Is this all making sense?

For the top, I only folded over one inch, pinned, and sewed; then folded over one more inch, pinned, and sewed.
Sound good? I did that for all six panels and then I was finished …. well, almost.

I needed a way for the curtains to hang on the nails so i used a piece of chain link (the stuff you use to hang up baskets outside or the chain that is used to hanga light fixture). I separated the individual links and sewed them on to the top of each curtain. I used 6 or 7 links (rings) for each panel.

I went around several times to make sure each ring was secured. The rings were sewn (equallyspaced) directly onto the back of each panel.

If you ask Sebastian, he will tell you that this sewing was pretty boring …

but I loved every minute of it. And don’t tell anyone, but I think my sewing skills are improving! I’m faster and my lines are straighter! Yippy!

Once the curtain panels were complete, it was time to hang them.

DIY Curtains and Forged Nail Rod | Inspired by Charm

So what do you think?


With the rings and nails, the curtains hang so nicely. They have the most beautiful, even-looking folds / pleats (or whatever you want to call them).

DIY Curtains and Forged Nail Rod | Inspired by Charm

The window in the separate bedroom area got the same treatment with the reverse of the fabric.


Dramatic, right!? I just love it! There won’t be as many red accessories in this space so I think the color will balance things out quite nicely.


That’s it, folks! I hope it was worth the wait. and please believe me, if I can make curtains. so can you!
If you have questions or are completely lost, leave a comment below and I’ll try to answer everything in a separate post.

DIY Curtains and Forged Nail Rod | Inspired by Charm

Also be sure to check out those before pictures again. We’ve come a long way baby! I’ll be back next week with more fun stuff!

  1. What a wonderful job you’ve done on your beautiful curtains! I would never have thought of using nails – yours are very extra special! Just gorgeous.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  2. Verrrrrrrrry cute! I saw that same fabric and wanted it badly, but ended up getting a similar one instead. It’s such a pretty addition!

  3. Michael!!! I love your drapes, but I love how you hung them even more. Not only do they look great, but I love when I see out of the box thinking and ideas. The nails and the chain used as hooks is brilliant!
    I have to share this on FB and Twitter and email my creative friends who are going to go giddy when they see what you did to hang your drapes.

    I hope you have an enjoyable weekend.
    My best- Diane

  4. Yay! I’ve been waiting to see what you did with those forged nails — and this was pretty darn brilliant. Especially with the repurposed chain made curtain rings. So creative and so different than anything I’ve ever seen. Bravo!
    Camille

  5. Michael I don’t think you realize how truly amazing and talented you are. I’ve seen these rooms from the beginning and am in total awe with the final result. Very Very Proud.

  6. Fantastic curtains, Michael. I adore the fabric, the nails, and the marvelous pictorial. Sebastian has a serious case of “ennui”. This post earns an A+.

  7. Love the look of the forged nails!! And I’m no seamstress either, but recently made curtains myself and did it the same way. Worked for me too!

  8. The curtains look fantastic. I can’t believe you got that fabric at Walmart. That’s the most amazing part of the entire thing!

  9. Very nice and good job on the curtains. I love the idea of using the chain links – a frugal way of hanging them instead of individual rings from the curtain hardware isle. I also love the nail boards. They look very sharp and add extra interest to the room. I like the contrast of the floral pattern to the nails – kind of a ying yang thing!

  10. Wow! Beautiful! :) Sometimes Walmart really does have some great stuff. Love the new window treatments. You stopped by my blog a few months ago and commented on my fabric choices for my dining room chairs. If you get a chance, stop over and check out my chairs now!

  11. Love the way you used the nailheads and a 2×4 as a rod!!!
    That is pure genius and so cheap and SO unique!!!!!!!!
    LOVE this idea!
    Bravo!

  12. I think those nails are to die for. My old house has a few here and there in the basement and now I may just have to collect as many as I can for some kind of project. Your windows turned out wonderful.

  13. Fabulous! I’m here from C.R.A.F.T. where I linked no-sew curtains, so I had to check out yours. The forged nails are complete genius! Love the fabric and love that you sewed the chain links right on to the panels!
    If I’m ever in town I will definitely want to come and stay at your B&B!
    (Oh, and I have cats in my way when I work too.So funny!)

  14. Michael…I LOVE your curtains and am amazed with your idea on how to hang them!! Very Clever!! Your talents continue to amaze me =) GREAT JOB and thanks for sharing!

  15. Really love they way your putting everything together. Great tutorial. I don`t have much experience sewing and your writing make totally sense to me! Those nails are awesome, never seen panels hung like this before.

  16. Hi…I love the room, especially the curtains, however I am puzzled by something. Why did you extend the nails all the way across if you made dummy panels? Just wondering. And you made a wise choice cutting off the selvage edge because it WILL pucker – this happens because the fabric will eventually stretch a bit by hanging, however the selvage doesn’t stretch because it is so tightly woven. I love the rings sewn to the top!! well done!

  17. Amazing! I love the fabric, it is so striking with your room! You have given me great ideas for my home. We have very large windows with blinds already, but my room is so (yawn) boring that it needs a little pizzaz. I think this is just perfect, stationary curtains! Thank you for such a lovely post with great photos!

  18. Hello! I came from In My Own Style – and think your drapes and the chain/nails are wonderful!!! Pardon if you’ve already said, but where is the fabric from? So great!

  19. Ok, seriously, that is absolutely fantastic! Found your blog from In My Own Style — just awesome! I want to go hang some curtains the same way now! LOL!

  20. I love how you did your curtains! The print is fabulous and the way you hung them is just too cool! I featured this in my project curtains post too today, you sure did a lovely job in this room!

  21. Hi Michael! I LOVE your curtains, what a great job and post BTW! Sorry I didn’t comment when you first posted this, I wasn’t a follower then, but I am now and have been for a little bit. So glad to see you back blogging! You inspire me each time I visit your blog.

    Keep up the good work and the cat picture is adorable!!

  22. I saw this on Pinterest and it immediately caught my eye! I love how you hung this drapery – so unique! I also love the color combo of red and turquoise! (Those were my Christmas colors this year!) Great site! ~Kerri, A Pop of Pretty, apopofpretty.com

  23. Wow! I just came over from Funky Junk and I am now a loyal follower! You are very talented and every one of your ideas were Brilliant! I love color too and so many are doing that white, pale, gray thing that I can’t abide by in my own home as I have to have COLOR!!!! And the more the better! Thank you for sharing!

  24. Just came from FJI, now a new email subscriber- love those curtains! And I REALLY love the way you hung them, what a great idea to use nails. Forgive me if you’ve posted this elsewhere, but can you share where you got the light fixture? I’m seriously in love with it, have been looking for something like it to go over the tub in my bathroom. Pretty please? :)

  25. This looks truly wonderful! So creative and very unique. I saw you mentioned over at FJI and had to swing by. I am so glad I did. I am your newest follower! Great job. Looking forward to more!

  26. Just saw this on Pinterest. I love how they turned out! I am a novice at the sewing machine as well. Thanks for sharing the process:)

  27. I love the nails. Need to find some of those. Great sewing, I’m learning too. Loving your pinterest boards.

    For your next sewing project try inweavefabric.com. They are a family run business in Iowa. I take some of their fabric pix. They are offering a 40% off coupon for the month of March, 2012. Use coupon code online2012. Great people to work with.

  28. FAB-U-LUS! I’ve been stymied at what window hardware would workin our 215yr old farmhouse, that will do the house justice. Soon as I saw your windows, I knew – that’s it! We have plenty of antique forged nails around, and using chain link ‘hooks’- an amazing inspiration. You’re truly quite talented.

  29. This is ahhh-mazing & I love it so much that you’ve inspired a similar project for my bedroom… I’ve been trying to figure out what to do for window treatments & when I saw this, it just clicked… insert bright lightbulb here! LoL! I have a shabby chic thing going on at my place & I plan to implement your plan w/ layered white sheets surrounding old time weathered wood shutters… I can’t wait to see how it turns out! Thanks so much for the inspiration!!! =)

  30. Hi Michael,

    You are amazing! I just found your site and have been enjoying looking at your ideas. This post is old so hopefully you’ll get this! I’m wondering if you could tell me where you got the long beautiful sign you put up above your peg rail? I love that – it’s so colorful and I love the message. If you could let me know that would be great! THANKS for your inspiration!!

  31. LOVE IT!
    And nothing like it anywhere really. GREAT JOB!
    I ‘pinned it’ and will do this in my new apartment. Thanks so much for posting this!
    BRAVOOOOO! :)

    • My panels were as wide as the fabric came on the bolt. I’m not home at the moment so I don’t have the exact measurements. I just determined how many rings I needed based on how many of the nails I would be using and spaced them out evenly.

      Hope that helps!

      xo Michael

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  34. Hi there…..love the bedroom! You have a really good eye for color. Can you tell me about the sunshine sign? I would love to copy it if possible. Maybe a picture that shows it just a little better?

    THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME. HOPE TO SEE MORE FROM YOU.

    DONNA ADAMS .

  35. Gosh, you are so talented. Been thinking about taking a sewing class, because I always wanted to make my own curtains and shower curtains and bed bedspeads and stuff.

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