Kantha Quilt Curtain Tutorial

Happy Monday!

I am so excited to share one of my recent projects, new curtains for my home office/craft studio.

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Yes you read that right, only $65 to make these beauties!  My office is still a work in progress, but I knew I wanted to incorporate lots of color and pattern in a boho style.  I just painted the walls a bright white and desperately needed some patterned curtains that would help set the tone and inspire the rest of the room.

Before going the DIY route, I shopped around a few places to see what I could find.  Of course Anthropologie did not disappoint in the style department…

But at $118 per panel, they were way out of my budget.

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I knew I could make something with a similar feel, if I found the right fabric.  Lucky for me I have an antique shop, Westerville Antiques, just down the street that carries a great selection of vintage fabrics and trims.  I found the fabrics below for $50 total!

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The large square piece you see is a Kantha Quilt, which I had been eyeing for awhile, but could not figure out what to use it for.  If you are not familiar with Kantha Quilts, they are made from vintage saris and cloth scraps that have been stitched together.  Each one is reversible, and each have unique, one of a kind patterns.  One Kings Lane has a great description, and more Kantha Quilt decorating ideas here.  The long, narrow fabric panel is a vintage silk sari.  I loved the lighter color, and the small scale print helps balance out the boldness of the Kantha Quilt.

Below is a step by step of how I turned these fabric panels into curtains.  I made this up as I went along, so if there is a step I missed, or you have questions please ask!

Step 1:  Decide how wide your curtain panels should be.  Start by measuring the width of the window, plus how far you want the curtains to extend past the window on either side. In my case, I added 2″ to either side to make the window appear bigger.  I wanted my curtains to have lots of fullness, so I took that width and multiplied by 2 1/2.  This gives you the total width- divide in half to get each panel width.

Example: my total window width is 52″.  Multiply by 2 1/2 for a total of 130″.  Divide that by 2 and each curtain panel will need to be 65″ wide.  Whew, that is enough math for the year!

Step 2:  I folded the Kantha Quilt in half and cut it lengthwise.  The vintage sari was extremely long, so I cut it horizontally to give me two panels.  Best part of using the sari is that beautiful border on the edge, which means less hemming for me!  The Kantha Quilt was not quite long enough, so I cut the bottom paisley border off the sari and sewed it to the bottom of the quilt.  The color ties in well and adds to the patchwork, boho look.

Step 3: The Kantha Quilt is laid 1″ over top of the sari and then pinned all the way down.  Yes, it is extremely challenging to not move the fabric too much as you work your way along.  Try to keep fabric panels as even as possible, but remember these will be very full, so if it’s off 1/4″ or even 1/2″ in places, you will not notice it on the finished product.cutpanels

Step 4: I loved the tassels on the original Anthropologie inspiration, and I wanted to cover up that raw seam where the two fabrics meet.  I found this black tassel trim at Hobby Lobby.  $12 for 7 yards with my 40% Off coupon, woo hoo!  This trim has very pretty, thick edging so I placed that over my sewn panel seam and pinned it down for topstitching.

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Step 5:  I realized my curtain panels were just long enough to graze the floor, and I had yet to add the casing.  Using a sewn on casing allowed me to keep the current length, and it is a super easy way to hang curtains.  I used extra sari fabric cut in a long strip and pinned to the top edge of the curtain.  I then sewed 2 lines, 1 1/2″ apart.  Your casing width can vary, just make sure it is wide enough to accommodate the curtain rod you choose to hang your curtains.casing

Step 6: Hang curtains and enjoy!  I just love how the sun shines through the lighter sari fabric, while the Kantha Quilt gives the curtains just enough weight to drape nicely.  I still had extra fabric, so I cut two small strips to tie back each panel.

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Now to start filling up those white walls with more color!  If you have worked with Kantha Quilts, or use them in your decor, please share your photos in the comments below.  I love seeing the many colors and patterns out there!

*Tutorial post for personal use only.  If you love it so much you wish to share with others, please link back to my original post.  Thank you!

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