We bought some curtains from Ikea a while back for the living room, bar area, and dining room. A few months later, we got around to buying curtain rods for the living room and bar area. So we put the rods up and hung the curtains. A few months after that, I got around to hemming the curtains.
Now, the Ikea curtains did come with an iron-on-hem strip thingy. But I wanted to sew the hem. Don’t ask me why. Unfortunately, since I put this off for months and months and months, I had to wash the curtains before I could even think about hemming them.
So I washed the curtains, dried the curtains, and re-hung the curtains in hopes that the wrinkles would fall out. That was weekend 1. After a full week, the wrinkles still hadn’t fallen out.
So I had to iron the curtains. Then hang them again so I could determine how much I needed to hem. Since I thought we hung the curtain rods on the living room windows at the same height, I didn’t bother hanging the second set of curtains in that room. That is a step that I do not recommend skipping. After pinning all of the curtains at what I thought was the proper length, I hung them again just to double check.
Thank goodness I did. Because they were off. Waaayyyy off. Out of the world off.
The curtains I had hemmed for the bar window ended up being the correct length for one of the living room windows, so at least I didn’t have to redo that one. But I had to redo the other 2 sets. What a pain!
But after re-pinning and re-hanging to make sure that I wasn’t off again, I FINALLY got around to hemming the darn things. Like four hours after I started.
Thankfully, they turned out pretty good (at least in my opinion). They barely kiss the floor, which is exactly what I wanted. And if somehow they stretch out after hanging for awhile, then I’ll just say that I intended for them to slightly pool on the floor. And nobody will know. But you.
And here are some pictures- we all love a good before & after! (Sorry the before photos are so dark- for some reason I didn’t think I needed to turn on any lights!)
Living Room Windows Before:
Living Room Windows After:
Bar Window Before:
Bar Window After: