First, I ordered a twin size duvet cover online from West Elm ($49 plus tax and shipping). The dimensions of the twin bedding are almost the exact size of an 84" window panel, which is the size I need for my windows. The stores don't carry twin size bedding but if you have a wider window, you could buy a full size in person.
Then, I went to Michael's and got two rolls of super weight Stitch Witchery for $2.99 each. I used an entire roll and about 6 feet of the second one.
I would cut about 6 inches of bonding tape and then fold over the existing hem and iron on top of it for about 10 seconds. The instructions said to use a pressing cloth between the iron and fabric, but I found it unnecessary. Then, I moved along each side and used the width of the bonding tape as a guide for the width of my "hem". The end result isn't perfect, but whenever I got annoyed I'd remind myself that nobody is coming over to inspect the edges of my curtains.
A finished edge... just a tiny bit crooked
Then, once I'd worked all the way around each panel (this took about an hour from start to finish) I gave each panel another pass with the iron to get rid of wrinkles and then laid them out on top of each other on the living room floor. I already had a set of curtain rings with clips on them, so I didn't need to create any kind of pole pocket or grommet rings but you could do that if you prefer those styles. I laid the curtains on top of each other so that I could be sure that the rings were evenly spaced on each panel.
Once N and I hung them in the office behind my desk, I got to admire my handiwork and I must say I'm a little impressed. They look as good as any other window panels I saw, and for a grand total of about $60. I'll definitely be looking at duvet covers as I search for living room curtains.
Whatcha think? Have any of you completed a stylish DIY project lately?