*I have new DIY curtains in my home office! Check out my contributor post for The Love Nerds blog to see my Gold Duct Tape Accent Curtains!*
I love Herringbone. It’s geometric without being messy. I feel like it’s a classy pattern. I’ve been looking for a way to incorporate the pattern into my office design. I’ve also been looking for inspiration to DIY curtains in the same room. So I married the two. I knew I could sharpie the design onto the curtain, but it wouldn’t give me the punch of color I wanted. After some thought, I decided to reverse the Sharpie idea. Instead of drawing the pattern onto the curtain, I would bleach it out.
Here's what I used:
Canvas Drop Cloth
Tape Measure and Yard Stick
The first step to creating these curtains are to dye the canvas drop cloths. There are directions on the various different kinds, so just make sure you’re following the directions specific to the one you pick up. The color I chose is Royal Blue.
Once the panels are dyed, wash and dry them. This should set the dye and give you a clean surface to work on.
Take the panels into a space with a large flat surface and plenty of ventilation.
Start by outlining your panels. The edges of inexpensive canvas drop clothes are uneven so it’ll make everything easier by giving yourself even lines to work with. Then mark your vertical lines. For both the outer edges and the vertical lines I used the fat side of the bleach pen.
Then you’ll want to connect and create the herringbone pattern. To do this, start with the first line. Measure down however far you want your pattern angled on the next line. Connect the top of the first line with the measured distance down the second line. Then connect that spot of the second line with the top of the third, etc. To do the next row of zig zags, the top of the next line starts where the second row’s line ended. And etc. etc.
My curtains are mostly hidden by bookcases. So I cheated and only did the pattern where it’d be visible. There’s your time saving tip!
Ever bleached a curtain before? What pattern would you want bleached onto a curtain?