Simple Burlap Curtains

Happy Monday! Hope you got loads of crafting done this weekend! I was busy decorating our front room over the weekend. I got a lot done, but still have a lot of work to do. {and I’m rather slow at decorating….might have something to do with that fact that I change my mind 10 million times…..ah, the curse of indecisiveness! haha}

But I did get some simple burlap panels sewn for the room.

Burlap Curtains

burlap curtainsJust simple burlap panels.

Nothing crazy or difficult. I have a lot going on on the other side of the room, {are you dying of curiosity yet?} so I didn’t want busy curtains. {ok, i’ll spill a little….my door shelf is in the other corner}

I am doing sort of a vintage meets modern kind of room. It has bright colors, bold patterns {obviously not pictured above} fun textures, and some of my fave vintage goodies. Still working on a few things in the room…..

decorating a sitting roomLike I’m hating the sticks in the corner. And thinking the rug has to go. What do you think?

DIY Burlap Curtains

burlap curtains diyIt was so easy to make the burlap panels!

  1. I got a roll of burlap from Burlap Fabric in the width I needed for the panels, 54″ wide. That way the sides were already finished and I didn’t have to bother sewing them.
  2. I measured the length I needed and 3″ on each end to allow for hemming. How to Cut Burlap Straight
  3. Used this trick for cutting burlap straight. {cut across where the burlap string was removed}
  4. Folded over 3″ at the top and bottom and pressed flat with a hot iron.
  5. Sew the hem on both ends twice to reinforce it and you’re done!

burlap curtainSo that’s how I sewed my easy burlap panels. I put the panels on clips so that the burlap didn’t bunch up on the rod. I think they hang nicely this way.

Are you excited to see my Sitting Room all decorated? Me too! Now I need to go finish decorating it!

happy crafting,


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Hi! I'm Linda, the craft addict behind Craftaholics Anonymous®, a craft blog. Crafting is cheaper than therapy, right? When I'm not DIYing something, I can be found taxiing around our 4 crazy kids or working out. Or shoe shopping... because you can never have too many shoes! Happy crafting! ♥

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  1. 1

    I think they look great – I am doing something similar in our den – when I can stop procrastinating!

  2. 2

    great idea, i like things a little rougher, or handmade looking, i think i’m gonna try this with some used coffee bean burlap, i’m gonna show the original bag seams and have the writing going in different directions….the creativity is flowing now!!!


  3. 3
    Donna C

    Very clever Linda! Do you get much direct sunlight to these windows ? I wonder about lining them…I’m sure you could, but then that’s more work, and more money! LOL! I think it would be cool to make a stencil with my Cameo and paint words, or something on the fabric and make pillows, or whatever!
    Always great inspiration from you!

    1. 3.1

      Hi Donna! The room is north facing, so I don’t get any direct light. But I did think about lining them and decided that lining would cost more than just replacing the panels with more burlap :) They would be super cute stenciled! Stenciled burlap looks amazing!
      thanks for stopping by!
      happy crafting,

      1. MamaLlaura

        Thanks for the link on the burlap company–brilliant to order it the width you need to cut your work load down (b/c let’s be honest…burlap is MESSY to sew!). I must have lined drapes because of our climate & the south-east facing windows in our living room. Oh, in case you haven’t decided (sorry, I’m late to the party!), I say you stencil your rug with a bright chevron…it would look great with your neutrals!

  4. 4

    Yes,the sticks have to go. Unless you have a real attachment to them. I like the rug and think I would keep it but then I haven’t seen the rest of the room. So what are you thinking of replacing the rug with? I like your burlap panels and the idea of vintage meeting modern.

    1. 4.1

      Definitely NOT attached to the sticks! lol A couple people have said they liked the rug. I might have to give it a second chance and play around. I was thinking it was too much of a similar pattern and color since it is a lot like burlap. But maybe I’m just over thinking it…. Thanks for stopping by, Beth!
      happy crafting,

  5. 5

    I would keep the rug since it ties the curtains in nicely. I would however think about moving the sticks and possibly replacing it with a tall floor lamp to make a cute reading nook ( obv getting rid of the lamp right next to the chairs). I also, have no idea what the rest of the room looks like, but it looks as if it is well on its way to become an amazing living room!

    Another thought would be to move the photographs in between the two white chairs up and or find some larger picture frames to help draw your eye up to highlight your wonderfully tall ceiling (jealous) and find a awesome chunky lamp to place on the table, like the white and tan one on what looks like a tv table. . . .Deff tons of options for the room!

    Best of luck!

    1. 5.1

      Thank you, Chelsea! I like your idea of putting a lamp in place of the sticks in the corner. I’ll have to play around with that! I’m so glad you stopped by and said hi!
      happy crafting,

  6. 6

    I have a similar theme going on in my sitting room also, but have been worrying myself silly about not “over-doing” the vintage-ness of it… and so- furniture picking has been tedious!!
    SO… I LOVE the chairs you have here! Can you fill me in on those- are they something I can find and buy myself?! :)
    Thanks for sharing your ideas!!

    1. 6.1

      I totally understand, Julie!! Its hard can be tricky mixing modern with vintage. Those chairs are from Ikea. And they are actually really comfy :) Thanks for stopping by today!
      happy crafting,

  7. 7

    these are very cool. Did you put a lining on it? I would think it might be too cold other wise.

    However I really do like them.

    1. 7.1

      I did not line them. I figure the lining material costs more than replacing them with more burlap. Plus the climate here is pretty warm :)
      thanks for stopping by!
      happy crafting,

  8. 8

    LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!! The curtains turned out great!

  9. 9

    I agree the rug has to go or maybe you could stencil it, if it is still in good condition. I remember when most rooms had “designer sticks”. Curtains look great.

  10. 10

    Your drapes look fantastic! And sooo easy too. You’ve just inspired me!
    Recently I was at the Agway in town and saw that they had a very loose weave burlap for sale. I may go that route.
    The wheels are spinning now! Thanks!!

  11. 11

    I’m so excited I stumbled upon this blog! I’m currently working on making burlap curtains for our living room and couldn’t find something like what I was picturing in my head anywhere. I thought I might just be crazy to think it would look good. Thank you for giving me hope, I will now go get elbow deep in burlap again.

    1. 11.1

      Awesome! Glad you found me, Katie! Burlap curtains are great and look fab! Good luck! Let me know if you have any questions.
      happy crafting,

  12. 12

    How much does burlap shrink? I’d like to prewash it so I don’t have to worry later on if they need to be washed, but not sure how much to allow extra when I buy it.

    1. 12.1

      I’d like to know this, too.

  13. 13

    What type of thread did you hem with?? just reagular sewing thread? I love these!!

  14. 14


    I was just at the store picking out burlap for curtains! So funny I came home to research and found your article on making them. I am wondering, though, what kind of burlap did you use for the curtains? Density? I picked out burlap but it doesn’t drape. Did you get a particular kind that drapes, or did you wash it to soften it up? Your pictures look great! Looks like there is more drape to yours than the fabric I found. Help! I don’t want to buy the wrong kind.
    thanks a bunch

  15. 15
    Mickie Rigby

    New to the site love the corner door shelf!

  16. 16

    Hi Linda! I love your burlap curtains! Could you send me the link to where you bought your burlap? Thanks!

  17. 17

    Hi Linda! I love your burlap curtains! Could you send me the link to where you bought your burlap? Thanks!