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Thread: how to fasten a "curtain" in front of my fabric storage

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    how to fasten a "curtain" in front of my fabric storage

    I am looking for any and all ideas....

    I have a piece of yardage that I want to use... (It's the perfect length!!) but so far, I have tried double stick tape, and sticky velcro, both of which, promtly fell off the "cubby" bookcase that I have my fabric in. It is wood, (actually that particle board stuff, made to look like wood) and has a nice finish on it. If I MUST, I am willing to put some sort of hardware on it... just looking for suggestions! I know that there are lots of really SMART, resourceful quilters on here!!! Thanks!!

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    Try using a tension rod an curtain ring with a small hanging clip. put curtain tension rod inside rop shelf, at the very top. Clip fabric to rings just slide curtain back and forth as you neeed it. I use this in a large space, using a shower curtain tension rod. have had it up for over a year so far no problems. Gook luck.

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    I've done something similar and it works good and looks nice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gramie bj View Post
    Try using a tension rod an curtain ring with a small hanging clip. put curtain tension rod inside rop shelf, at the very top. Clip fabric to rings just slide curtain back and forth as you neeed it. I use this in a large space, using a shower curtain tension rod. have had it up for over a year so far no problems. Gook luck.
    That's exactly what I did when I wanted to protect my FQ stash (stored on open book shelves) from any possible dust or sun rays. I'm very pleased with this easy solution.

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    I think tension rod is a good idea.
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    I bought some really big binder clips at the office supply store. I added some felt to protect the wood and clipped the fabric to the top shelf. The binder clips come in many colors now.

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    I used velcro on mine. I had to use a staple gun to get it to hold but it works great. I can just pull the 'curtain' right off the front my my basket units to see what's behind them and then just press the 'curtain' back into place when I'm finished.

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    heavy book ends or paper weights

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    Curtain rod brackets & a curtain rod may work if a tension rod won't. Not sure if your particle board will hold screws though (may need to put some wood glue in the holes). Maybe try sewing a rod pocket in the top of your fabric and run elastic through it, and around to the back of your bookcase. Trial and error on making it tight enough to hold in place before sewing the ends together. Kinda like they used to put skirts on sinks.

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    I think the tension rod with the curtain clip hangers should work.
    Did you use the velcro on the front of the cabinet or on the top edge? I would think if it was along the top edge, gravity should help keep it in place.

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    3M Company "Command" strips - I'm in love with them. They have many hook designs that would hold a curtain rod and when you want them to come off, they do so cleanly. In fact I'm now using them to hold real curtain rods at my windows - no more "did I get the nail in a stud?" issues
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    If you can drill into the particle board, check out the swing arm curtain rods. I have a boiler room down in my basement with a very small doorway and this is what I did using some curtains I made years ago for a makeshift pantry. These rods come in various lengths in sets of 2.

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    Command hooks!!!!! Why didn't I think of that!!! Thanks for all the great ideas... I KNEW I would lots of suggestions!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gramie bj View Post
    Try using a tension rod an curtain ring with a small hanging clip. put curtain tension rod inside rop shelf, at the very top. Clip fabric to rings just slide curtain back and forth as you neeed it. I use this in a large space, using a shower curtain tension rod. have had it up for over a year so far no problems. Gook luck.
    this was my first thought as well.
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    For one section of my room I used double stick tape made by Gorilla Glue, put a hem in the fabric and stuck it on the tape. It's not going anywhere.

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    I agree with using a tension rod. I made one for my daughter's bathroom and it looks cute.

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    try using command strips,with the hook, then use a curtain rod that way theres no hole in teh wood

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gramie bj View Post
    Try using a tension rod an curtain ring with a small hanging clip. put curtain tension rod inside rop shelf, at the very top. Clip fabric to rings just slide curtain back and forth as you neeed it. I use this in a large space, using a shower curtain tension rod. have had it up for over a year so far no problems. Gook luck.
    I agree with the above statement. Those tension rods work wonders

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    I like to look at my fabric to see what I have and to get ideas on what to do next

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    Great ideas, think I will use the commandern hooks.
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    I second the tension rod motion! My UFOs are in a low two-shelf bookcase. I sewed a quick curtain with a rod pocket and slipped it on a tension rod. Just popped it inside the ends of the bookcase and made it long enough to cover both shelves. This serves two purposes: it keeps light and dust from the projects and (LOL) keeps me from having to look at them. I HAVE managed to complete some of the UFOs, but there always seem to be others to fill the shelves. At least I police myself so there are never more UFOs than will fit on those two shelves.

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    I also like binder clips. If you clip one to the side "wall" of the bookshelf near the top corner, you can slide the edge of the curtain rod into the wire part of the clips. I also have the little clips that are attached to rings on a curtain rod that holds my display quilts. I like them because they slide easily and it's easy to change out quilts.

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    I have open shelving between 2 sets of base cabinets that a 10' counter runs across the top of. To hide those open shelves (that are below the countertop), I anchored the long velcro strip to the cabinet by using small screws with washers. The curtain is pleated and I sewed the 'soft' part of the velcro to the top of that. I can either lift the skirt or just rip off the curtain as far as needed and then smooth back on when finished. If you can do the tension rod way that would work, too, but it would be a bit more obstructed to view what you have inside.

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    Three eye hooks screwed into the top of the book case and string will hang those curtains. If you want to use them open again. Remove the eye hooks. The holes will be in the top so no one will see them.
    Just my 2 cents and probably not worth that much but I ALWAYS have an opinion!

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    Command hooks as brackets to hold up a curtain rod. I use a tension rod on my shelf but I don't think it will work on the cubby style due to the divider.

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