Flower Power

Love that Ikea Fabric Flower Pattern

Love that Ikea Fabric Flower Pattern

My twin daughters are on the edge of Teen-hood, so bedroom redesigns are a top priority. This is an easy solution: they both picked out some fun fabric at Ikea, and I used it to make curtains for their closets. The previous owner of our house installed folding closet doors with mirror fronts and a custom closet system. The closet system is a keeper, but the mirror doors were too heavy and eventually fell apart, so we removed them. The drapes are a better solution than new doors because the drapes enable access to the entire closet.

The fabric was just split down the middle, the inner cut edges surged and turned under about 1/4 inch to keep preserve flower shape as much as possible (the fabric was the perfect width for the opening, and I didn’t want to buy double yardage just to add the traditional 1 inch double folded drapery side seam.) The selvages were just turned under at the sides and the top & bottom hemmed. A few washers were sewn into fabric pockets at the corners for extra weight at the bottom. I did calculate a little extra yardage so a full flower could be centered.

The hardware is just a taut wire and simple clips. If you don’t live near Ikea, similar hardware is available from Pottery Barn and Smith+Noble. Ikea has wonderful fabrics, but really you could use just about any home dec fabric (make sure its not too heavy if you use clip-on rings.) You could even use a flat bed sheet (which may already be the perfect size and you wont need to hem it!)