If you scrounge in the same bottom of the bin thrift stores I do, you can’t help but notice a large quantity of curtain panels. Some are with their mates, and some fly solo, but they’re always there…crumpled in the bins at the $1 a pound Goodwill Clearance Centers (and other similar establishments), waiting to be chosen.
Of course, if you already like your existing drapes, you probably pass these over. But at less than $1 a pop…perhaps you should follow the lead of one enterprising young lady and rethink that.
Here’s the deal. Buying thrift store curtains is one of the best ways to get good thick fabric for a tiny fraction of what you would pay at a craft store for similar quality and yardage.
You just have to think of how you can use them!
Back in 2011, I made this simple halter dress from a leftover panel.
suggests using thrifted curtains (as well as other thrifted textiles) as .
He also says that if you can’t find enough of the same type to mix & match and also try draping them over solid white tablecloths for a pop of color.
Rita Joy at has a great tutorial on that turn something purely functional into a surprisingly classy decorative accent.
Or, if you’re like me and you have a comfy sofa that could use a little lightening up, just tuck a curtain panel in a pretty print around the seat cushions.
I was so close to buying a new couch. The one I have is cozy (and a lovely hand-me-down from one of my best friends), but that hunter green is a bit dour & dated for my tastes. I figure I’ll be able to enjoy it for at least a couple more years with its updated look. :)