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Burlap’ing some Ikea Curtains

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Edited ~ I’m joining Funky Junk’s Saturday Nite Special!


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My son has had some basic navy blue Ikea curtains on his windows since we moved here 2 years ago.  I’ve been waiting to update (add to ) them since we moved, but never could find a fabric I loved.  I was originally thinking of doing a plaid or check print, but after seeing burlap all over blog-land I thought that it might make for a very interesting upgrade.

I measured my burlap (purchased at Wal-Mart), cut to the right size and ironed it.

Then I hot glued my strip of burlap right onto my son’s navy blue curtains.


I put my hot glue line about 3 inches below the top of the burlap.  As you can in the pic above I wanted to fray the top couple inches.  I figured this fray could act as my trim.  Once it’s glued down you just start pulling one string at a time till you get your desired thickness (make sure you have an idea of the thickness you want and put your glue in the corresponding place).


Here you can see how it’s looking after removing about 8 rows.  I did about 2 1/2 inches of fraying total.

And here they are hanging in my son’s room…

burlap 2

A close-up.. I love how it so perfectly matches the baseball gloves in his quilt.. nice when it works out.

burlap closeup curtain

I love how they turned out.  I love the texture they add to the room… I love the manly, roughness… and I love how easy & cheap it was to do.

I’m joining in Kimba’s DIY at A Soft Place to Land… go check out all the other brilliant ideas.

Edit… I’m joining in with The Shabby Nest’s Frugal Friday Party!


  1. Totally neat trick! I just love the casual touch burlap gave those curtains. LOVE it. I'm looking at my hanger sheet curtains wondering what I can add now. 🙂 Thanks for some great new inspiration! And for linking up to SNS #4!

    Funky Junk Donna

  2. Burlap just makes everything look better. Your project rocks!!! Thanks for linking up at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com

  3. I love the decorative touch the burlap added to those curtains! And you're right, it is a rugged, manly fabric. Great job!

  4. Great job with the curtains. I too love the texture they add to the curtains and love it when things work out. Not that I am a matchy matchy person or anything…but it's so nice when a plan comes togeher.

  5. Great idea! The curtains are perfect for your son's room. Do you find that the burlap sheds at all? Just wondering…:)

  6. Now *that* looks awesome! I love burlap too…which is so odd because I remember a few years back reading in a decorating mag about the wonders of burlap and thinking 'holy cow that girl's house looks like a barn!'
    Funny how our tastes change, eh?

  7. I think it looks great! 🙂 I am in love with burlap lately. Didn't know WM carries it…that will make my life easier. My kids hate going to JoAnn Fabric. Visiting from Kimba's party. 🙂

  8. wow this is a great idea, I love burlap.

    the rest of the rooms looks lovely too

    happy DIY day!


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