Studio curtains {or How to Use Up Fabric Scraps}

studio gypsy curtains, quirky farmhouse styleI know it’s been nearly a month that we’ve been talking about the studio…. are y’all getting tired of it yet? I’ve been working away on it – and it’s really nice to see it coming together. The hard part of this space is I want to do it on basically no budget. I did manage to buy a few things, but the curtains… well those were free!

scrap fabric curtains I have this horrible tendency to hold on to tiny bits of random fabric. Usually it’s because I love it so much that I just can’t bear to throw away even 1/2 a yard. but it also means that I end up with tons of plastic totes full of odds and ends. When I saw curtains like these in a local shop, I knew just what I’d do for my studio. I took all those little scrappy bits and tied them together. It took hours to rip all of it into strips then tie it together, it’s definitely not just an afternoon project. Three days of down time later, I was ready to pull it all together.

tree branch curtain rod I simply looped it around the branches and pulled it through. Easy stuff. The rod? Well that’s just a branch out of our tree that needed trimming. See, more free. I like free.

strips of torn fabric gypsy curtains I wanted lots of color, so all of the bits of blue and pink, as well as scraps of burlap and muslin all came together to add a little whimsy to my space.

I did tell ya I was craving quirk, right? Well it’s almost complete, after days of working on it…. so I can’t wait to share just it in all its glory very soon 🙂

About Gina Luker

Gina Luker is a writer, photographer and lover of all things quirky. She's usually found with a drill in one hand and a cocktail in the other while blogging along the way. She's addicted to coffee, polka dots, rock stars, Instagram, and everything aqua.


  1. Love the curtains! I use tree branches for rods too! The scraps make this window so fun and festive!

  2. Amazing!!! Love it, awesome idea 🙂

  3. How clever is that!? Those curtains are cute as can be. I can see them in several fabric combos. Thanks for sharing such a fun idea.

  4. I just love this idea. So cute and resourceful.

  5. What an AWESOME creation miss Gina! You rocked this one : ) hugs…

  6. That’s a great idea. I have a ton of scraps. What a fun project.

  7. Oh. love it! And I can understand wanting to reveal your new space. That’s how I feel, but I’ve got to wait a little longer. Can’t wait to see yours. 🙂

  8. I love your branch curtain holder!
    And every room needs something quirky.

  9. This is a great idea…I have several tubs of small bits of fabric….now I have something to do with them. Thanks for sharing!

  10. very unique and FREE! my favorite 2 words!

  11. I love quirky and I sure do love free. These are wonderful!

  12. I love the colors that you held on to!! Beautiful!

  13. This is such a fun idea – and looks like fun to make. I am so going to do this. I bet it would look great as a lampshade too……….just thinking! Glad I saved my fabric scraps too.

  14. Hey a 1/2 yard of fabric is awesome stuff. Look what you did with all those scraps. Love it Gina. I am always so amazed at what incredible things people with talent like yourself make with odds and ends. I have so many scraps of this n’ that but just can’t bear to toss them. Who knows what I might use them for sometime in the far future. If I toss things then I have to grumble at myself “why in the heck did you toss those dingbat?”. lol Yeah I drug a truck full of what-if’s all over this country many times cause of that.

  15. Those look super cute! I love the branch.

    I also wanted to let you know that in my blog reader, the image for your post always comes up as the PinIt button now so I can’t see the pic that goes with your title. I know a lot of times I just scroll down looking at pictures deciding what I want to read since I can’t possibly get to all the 200+ blogs I follow each day. I always click yours because you are one of my favorites, but I would hate for you to lose readers over something so silly.

  16. Love these, Gina! So fun!

  17. Not just anyone can take rags or scraps, hang them from a window and have them look awesome!


  18. What an awesome idea! So cool!

    Ashleigh @

  19. Your curtains are so colorful and cute. I love adding whimsy to a room like this, and I’m excited to see more!

  20. Good for you!! Been there- hated the thin thin cheap wall panelling–guess what PAINT ON IT CAN DO WONDERS..confession: the one thing I continued to hv a prob w was smells from the specific building materials and carpeting..too much carpet- TODAY I would try to counteract that with natural things like herbs & eucalyptus[everyone needs a tree] I call all this USING WHAT YOU HAVE to make your life good and learning so much along the day you can write a book re this. Have fun & keep us posted


  21. Who would have thought? You did an amazing job on this, I just love it to ‘pieces’!!! Thanks for inspiring me…I’m thinking this type of idea would work better as a skirt for my potting bench instead of those old heavy dark curtains I’m using right now.
    Debbie 🙂

  22. This is such a good idea! It looks like it is easy to pull off, and that is exactly what I need. Between my job at Dish and keeping up with my family, there is not a lot of time left to decorate, so anything easy and cheap is alright in my book! I came across similar curtains while getting my daily dose of HGTV, and fell in love with them. I have a terrible habit of recording everything on HGTV to my Hopper DVR, since it makes me want to copy everything they do! I never thought having a huge amount of recording space would actually work against me. LOL! Thanks to you, at least one of my HGTV dreams can come true!

  23. Very pretty! I think you got the colors just right!

  24. I just love this! It is perfect for my new art studio. I have been looking for a creative way to do the window dressing! Thanks!

  25. This is so cool! My daughter’s will be all over this!

  26. Scarlet O’Hara and Cinderella suddenly came to mind!!!

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