Robin Flies South...

A blog about decorating and tablescaping with an emphasis on creativity and smart shopping over cash!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

EZ Pottery Barn Knock Off Curtains

Let's see how well you Pottery Barn lover's know the catalog?  What's always at the end?  If you guessed window treatments you are officially obsessed!  Welcome to my world!  I want to hug my mailperson when I see her put the new catalog in my mailbox!  On occasion I buy things from Pottery Barn but mostly I use it as inspiration.  It's so full of easy DIY projects like the one I'm showing you today. 

If you look at page 146 you will find these simple curtains  They are Cameron Cotton curtain panels.

I love the classic simplicity of these.  I live in Florida and the last thing I want to do is put up big heavy drapes in my house.  It makes me hot to just think about it!  These come in different lengths and right now they are on sale.  Not for me, though.  I have fabric glue just itching to save me some money.  And with that fabric glue I can make them any length I want.  Wait a minute, are you saying that fabric is so expensive?  You're right, it usually is, but I'm not going to the fabric store.

I went to Bed, Bath and Beyond (coupon in hand!) and bought 2 of their basic ivory tablecloths in 120" length.  This set me back all of $20 ($10 each) before my coupon.  Now before you run out to your local BB and B, not all stores carry these basic tablecloths.  I have no idea why, but I asked, and they said the stores don't always carry the same items.  The last time I was in the store that had them, the price had gone up a few dollars but they are still a good value.  The fabric is nice and heavy and they iron up nicely.  They come in a few different colors too.

Here is the finished project hanging in the bay window of my bedroom.  All I did was fold under the sides and hem them with fabric glue and then make a 6 inch hem at the top and an even deeper hem at the bottom.  All with glue. 

I didn't even have to cut any fabric off (good thing as I'm scissor impaired).  To decide what length tablecloth you need just measure the space between where you will hang your rod and the floor.  Allow extra length for your upper and lower hems.  I made mine extra long in case the fabric shrinks.  The deep hem makes the bottom heavier and they will lay nicely. 

I know what my sister Elaine (Creating Wonderful Spaces) is thinking right now.  Those puddles wouldn't last 5 minutes with her "spunky" cat Eddie!  You can always do a traditional floor length hem if your pets or children are likely to mess these up but make sure you wash them first.

While I was at BB and B I found these small curtain rings and curtain rod on clearance.  Pretty close to Pottery Barns where I would have spent about 3 times as much.  The curtain clips are really easy to use and just experiment with making different pleats.  Believe me, if I can do this, anyone can!

The color goes well with my reading chair.  Just in case you're thinking I should have some pattern in this room, don't worry.

This is my king sized comforter that's on my four poster bed.  Some major pattern going on there!  My master bedroom still needs some finishing touches but I'm happy with my bargain curtains for now. 

Keep those catalogs coming Pottery Barn and I will continue to knock you off!

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Tracy@GeneralSplendour said...

Hi Robin - Love your Tommy Bahamaesque room. And congrats on hitting triple digits on followers! :-)

From your newest follower - No. 100!

Have a great weekend!

Bohemian said...

I love the Inspiration of Pottery Barn too... and occassionally I discover some of their awesome products whilst Thrifting! Very good quality & nice color palette so I always scoop them up.

Thanks for coming by for a visit & leaving a suggestion for the G-Kid Force. I've actually begun to take them swimming often & they love it... one would think it would wear them out spending hours doing it {or hiking} but they seem to be good for another 10,000 miles! *LOL* Our Son was ADHD so we're used to raising some with abundant energy... I was said to be a Hyper Child too, so maybe that is a Blessing in disguise to aid me somewhat in keeping up with the G-Kid Force we're raising? *Smiles* It can come in handy later in life if you've got a dash of hyperactivity left in you! *Smiles*

Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

Anne said...

Smart girl!! What a great idea!

Sharing Shadymont said...

Your curtains look great! Sounds easy enough for me. :)

Heidi @ Decor & More said...

This is brilliant! I've been on the hunt for some affordable simple panels and now I need look no further! Thanks for sharing!
Heidi @ Decor & More
(visiting from Sunday Showcase)

Michele said...

Thanks for posting those super easy instructions to mimic the PB window treatments. I need some new ones in the living room badly.

Jamie said...

i will be visiting b b and b first thing tomorrow morning!!! thanks for the tip! we have 10 foot ceilings in the new house and super tall windows so 120" is exactly what I'm looking for.

SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

Beautiful! Thanks for joining Creative Bloggers' Party and Hop :) Btw, this post is this week's favorite so I'll feature this today.

Michelle Smith said...

Very classic taste I'd say and you take care of the intricacies involved.

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Mandy said...

Beautiful results! And if ever you want to turn them into blackout panels, Hobby Lobby carries blackout fabric in their 60" bolts, you just clip the fabric behind the "curtains" :)

Heather Roberts said...

Are the curtains you used oblong? I can't find rectangle online...

Heather Roberts said...

Ok, so if anyone else wonders what shape to buy: oblong is, indeed, a rectangle shape. A true oblong usually has rounded edges, but theirs do not! I have 13 feet ceilings, this tablecloth covers my window, goes to the floor, and allows me to hang higher than my window casing. Good find��