Transform Your Old Curtains Into Stylish Home Goods

Curtains have become something of a necessity. Not only do they keep eyes out of your private home, but they’re fashionable alternatives to blinds. There are an endless supply of fabrics to choose from so curtains become a reflection of the people living in the home or can be custom made to match the home aesthetic. But what if you’re feeling like it’s time for a change of pace and want to put up some brand new curtains? Do you have to simply throw out the old ones? Absolutely not! Below you’ll find some of our favorite creative ideas for how to transform your old curtains into trendy and stylish home goods in no time. Let your imagination run wild!

1. Tablecloth
This is the easiest of all the projects on the list. If your window curtains are large enough, you may not even need to hem or sew anything. Just give them a good wash to make sure they’re clean and a curtain out on your table. That’ll be the quickest DIY project you’ve ever attempted. But it can wind up being a great fit and your guests are sure to love the extra touch. Easy doesn’t have to mean low quality or waste of time. They can be the greatest hidden gems of the DIY world.

2. Throw Pillow Cases
You’ll need a little sewing for this project, but a sewing machine will make the experience quick and effortless. Wash your old curtains and then cut them into squares that are big enough to cover your throw pillows. Then, sew them together so that the colorful side of the fabrics are facing each other inward. Once it’s sewn on three sides, flip it inside out for a clean, smooth edge. You can either sew a zipper into one side or place the throw pillow inside and sew it sealed shut. The choice is yours but it’ll give your pillows new pizazz and personality either way.

3. Apron
Whether you’re a cook, gardener, arts and crafts extraordinaire, or any other form of activity in need of a apron, you’ll love this DIY idea. You can even probably have it done in less than an hour if you have a sewing machine. Cut out a rectangle of your old curtains and straps as well. Sew it all together and you have an easy apron that can get dirty on the job without making you feel bad. If you want to get extra daring, you can even sew a pocket or two onto it for some additional functionality to your new ensemble.

4. Bed Canopy
If your old curtains were made from a lightweight or even see-through fabric, then this could be a fun idea for you. All you’ll need is a hook to put into your ceiling and drape the fabric from. You can create fabric bands to tie them securely to bed posts, or let them fall gently on their own. It may take a few tries to get them to lay how you want or get a feel for them, but they can add an ethereal beauty to any bed, both for adults and kids.

5. Cloth Napkins
These are a popular trend at the moment and they’ve been around for decades. Cloth napkins aren’t just a great way to add elegance and beauty to your dinner table. They also save you money because you can just throw them in the wash instead of going through who knows how many paper towels or napkins. All you’ll need to do is wash your curtains, cut sizeable squares out of them, and then hem the edges to make them clean and snag proof. Now you’re ready to hold a classy dinner party.

6. Memory Board
If you want a more unique idea for what to do with those old window curtains, then here you go! Take a large cork board and hot glue the fabric from the curtains to cover the cork board. Pins can still go through most fabrics, so you can put up pictures, mementos, plane tickets, concert tickets, and other memory pieces. You could also do this as a memo board if you want. You’ll be able to pin up reminders, notes, and schedule notices for family members. The sky is the limit.

When you have the DIY creative on your side, no old piece of cloth or furniture has to be a lost cause. You can repurpose it and transform into beautiful new creations. And curtains are no different. If you found this article fun, share it with your friends, family, and fellow creatives on Facebook or Twitter. And comment below which idea is your favorite or if you have more suggestions for what to do with old window curtains. We love seeing your ideas so don’t stop sharing!