A few years ago I decided i was going to sew my own curtains. This was a big deal for me since I had never sewn anything before. How hard can it be, right? Well after several days I surprisingly ended up with pretty decent curtains, BUT they were sloppy. I wish I had a photo to show you but it turns out I don't take pictures of my failed projects. (i'll work on that). I was pretty dejected at this point, I had spent my entire christmas break sewing these curtains and they looked very amateur. Very DIY gone wrong... well that sucked.
This is bound to happen when we DIY, we are going to look at our projects and think, why isn't it as crisp or as styled as the ones we see posted online. Well some of that is photoshop and insta filters but some of it is knowing you just need to go a little bit further. One more step before you are there, so many times I will see a pic and think, they just needed to do that little bit of styling at the end and it would be perfect.
Without further adieu the super secret trick to having instagram worthy curtains???? Pressing them!
How: Get your steam iron out and iron the pleats right into the curtain. I did mine while they were still hanging. i would fold one pleat and run the iron in between. I kept them pleated like an accordion while they cooled and tied shoestrings (yup that's right, resourceful) around them in a few sections to keep them pressed. Something to keep in mind, if you don't want a sharp pleat in the front on the full length of the curtain, pull the iron back a few inches and only use steam on the very front pleat part. You will have to do a tight pleat at the top of the curtain for this to work though.
This was a total game changer, my curtains went from looking drunken DIY to professionally made. I'm positive this will also work on store bought ones that alway look better online. Just keep in mind that a thin fabric will take on a much tighter pleat, so go slow at first and test it out to get them how you like.