How to make a retro curtain

Follow Style at Home's step-by-step guide to making your own retro curtain

white rack with green curtain bottles

(Image credit: Future PLC/david giles)

Looking for bathroom decorating ideas? Hide your bathroom clutter behind this quick and easy-to-make retro curtain. This clever curtain cover-upis perfect for jazzing up a dull corner.

30 minutes


What you'll need
* On the Road fabric (44in wide), £12.50 per m, Clothkits
* Big Pom Pom ribbon trim, £3.57 per m, Clothkits
* Expanding net wire kit, £1.75 for 100cm, John Lewis

For a wide opening, you may need to join the fabric - just match up the pattern first.

cut vehicle printed cloth

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Giles)

1) Measure the opening you want to cover - you'll need the width
and the height (the curtain should finish about 3cm off 
the floor). Cut
a piece of fabric 1.5 times the width of the opening x height plus 6cm.

Cut the bobble trim 2cm wider than the width of your curtain.

stiches with machine

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Giles)

2) Turn over 1cm and 1cm again along the bottom and two side
edges to form hems. Pin and press in place before machine-stitching. At
the top, turn over 2cm and 2cm again to form a channel for the curtain wire. Pin, press and machine-stitch in place, close to the lower folded edge.

stiched vehicle printed cloth with hand

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Giles)

3) Pin and hand-stitch the bobble trim 8cm down from the curtain
top, folding back 1cm each side to the reverse. Fix the O-hooks from
the wire kit into the wall. Screw in one cup hook to one end of the
curtain wire and attach to the O-hook, pulling taut. Cut with pliers,
then fix on the second cup hook. Thread the wire through the curtain's
channel and hang.

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