I have been loving the look of custom curtains with pom pom trim for some time now. I don't have the funds for custom drapery right now but I am so pleased with how my latest project turned out. It is the look of custom curtains for much, much less.
I started with a set of Ikea RITVA curtains in gray. They aren't anything special but they are relatively thick and I like how they are not tabbed or grommetted on the top so they look more custom to me. I tossed the tie backs aside. These bad boys were $34 for BOTH panels. I haven't even been able to find a deal that good at TJ Maxx or Home Goods (trust me, I've been trying).
Here's what the curtains looked like out of the package:
pom pom trim from Etsy. I got mine from Frog Feathers and they were great. Affordable and quick and they were able to set up a custom listing for me so that I got the exact amount I needed. So, about the amount...I ordered 5 yards and literally had JUST ENOUGH for this. I recommend that you order a little extra so you aren't pushing your limits like I was. Here's what the trim looked like before. It's upholstery pom pom trim so that it can be sewn on.
Then, because I cannot sew, I took the curtains and my trim down the street to my dry cleaner. There was a slight language barrier and I know she thought I was CRAZY when I was asking her to do this. I drew a picture to make sure we were on the same page...it is important that the trim is (obviously) on the INSIDE of the curtains.
My dry cleaner seamstress may have THOUGHT I was crazy but now she THINKS I am a genius. Every time I go in she wants to talk about my beautiful curtains...and aren't they??
Here are some close ups so you can see the detail.
Here you can see the inside of the curtain:
FYI - my dry cleaner charged me $94 for the curtains. This included hemming the curtains so they were the right length for my room (err on the side of longer when you buy the curtains so you don't end up with high waters...) as well as adding the pom pom trim and pressing them. You'll definitely want to have them pressed so they don't have the creases from the package.
So, there you have it...custom looking pom-pom trimmed curtains for under $140!!!