Keeping it Simple: Book Shelf Curtains

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Book Shelf Curtains

When I was trying to decide on how to organize and decorate my Ikea Expedit shelves for my craft room, I needed to come up with some way to hide my supplies that weren’t super organized.  But it needed but something cute and not just a container.  So I came up with little curtains.  And I love how they look!  No one has to know what is behind them and how messy it really is. :)
book shelf curtain (1)
This is how I made them:
I took a strip of fabric and cut it 6” by 14”.
book shelf curtain (3)
I hemmed the edges and then folded it length wise and sewed it together.  This will be where the rod goes through for the curtain. 
book shelf curtain (4)
Now for the curtain.  I cut a piece of fabric 13” by 25”.  Then I hemmed three of the sides.
book shelf curtain (6)
For the top, I ruffled it by sewing a straight stitch on the top and pulling the bobbin thread through.
book shelf curtain (7)
Next I sewed the two pieces together.
book shelf curtain (8)
Using a wooden dowel, I cut it 1/4” bigger than the width of the shelf.  Since the shelf is 13” wide, I cut it 13 1/4”.
book shelf curtain (9)
Sometimes I was a little off on my cutting, so I used vinyl bumpers to add to the width.  And sometimes I just used a dab of hot glue to hold it into place.  All three ways work great and have stayed just fine.
book shelf curtain (10)
I put the dowel into the curtain and then hung it up into the shelf.
book shelf curtain (2)

book shelf curtain (1)
I used a variety of fabric for my curtains and love all of them!
craft room (20)
I would love for you to follow along


  1. I was wondering how you hung the "curtains" in that small of a space. Awesome!

  2. As I was reading, I thought how did she find tension rods that small? What a smart idea and I know dowel rods would be cheaper! Smart and Simple! Love it!

  3. Thanks for the tutorial!! I'm going to try this!:)

  4. You did a GREAT job! I love the colors and the Ikea furniture! Enjoy it! :o)

    Thanks for sharing,


  5. Very very cute idea! I have plans for my bookshelves in my bedroom and can't wait to try these!

  6. I just discovered your blog, I love it! Where did you find that three tier basket! I am super in love with your color scheme and those cur tins are so adorable!


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