By Yarn and Needlework Contributor Stephanie from the blog Twilly 23
Eastern Oregon is a sunny place so I recently bought black out curtains to help keep my home cool.. They are heavier than normal curtains so I needed curtain ties to hold them open. Instead of buying them I made my own from an old cotton shirt. This tutorial will show you how to make your own.
If upcycling a piece of clothing, take it apart using your seam ripper.
You can save the buttons for future craft projects.
Once the clothing is disassembled, lay it out flat like regular fabric, ironing if necessary.
Measure the thickness of your curtains. Pull one to the side and measure it bunched up. For mine I cut two rectangles 14” wide by 20” long.
Fold ties in half and sew lengthwise. Turn right side out.
Fold in ends and pin into place.
Cut two pieces of ribbon 1.5” wide and 4” long. Sew lengthwise and fold in half. Pin into place and sew seam.
Repeat on the other end of the tie. Cut loose threads. Repeat above steps for second curtain tie.
I have two windows with matching curtains so I made four ties total.
Screw hooks into the wall next to the window. Place the hook facing away from the curtain.
Now you have custom upcycled ties to keep your curtains open.