Plus, it's so much more fun to make your own. That way they match exactly how you want them to and you can add your own personal touch!
thrift tip: make your own curtains
Way 1: Use old sheets
The curtains in our bedroom are made from an old sheet we don't use anymore. It's the same sheet set that we used to make our headboard. I'm also using scraps of it for the quilt I'm currently working on. The other sheet is one that I picked up from the thrift store.
To begin, I took measurements of our window, decided what the dimensions of the curtains would need to be and drew a sketch. Then I cut the pieces I needed from each sheet, pinned the fabrics together, sewed and hemmed.
Way 2: Reinvent old curtains
For the curtains in the living room, I cut up an old set of curtains I had (the off-white) and used some canvas fabric that I found at the thrift store ($2 for yards and yards of amazing canvas is the best deal ever!). I did the same thing as with the other curtains, but flipped them (longer fabric on top). Here is the final product:
It's much easer to sew to big giant rectangle panels and attach them to the curtain rods with hooks. However, if you wanted to run the curtain rod through the fabric itself, you would simply make your panels a bit longer, fold one end over several inches and sew it together. Then slide the curtain rod through and you're done!