After 3 months of weekly trips to fabric stores, and hours upon hours of scouring the internet…on Monday, I finally found the perfect fabric for our living room curtains. Don’t get me wrong, there were plenty of fabrics I liked, but I wasn’t about to pay $35 a yard–especially when I needed 12 yards. Seriously though, who pays $35 a yard for fabric? When I saw the exact red ikat pattern I’d envisioned at $8.95/yard, I jumped right on it. I was really hoping to have it before the weekend, but when I checked the status of my order on Friday it still said “not yet shipped”. 20 minutes later, I see the FedEx guy running up to our house with a long tube package in hand. Yesssssss. My niece Norah always yells, “presents! presents!” when she sees a UPS or FedEx truck. I know the feeling, Norah!
So here it is. I looooove it…
My original plan was to use Stitch Witchery (an iron-on bonding tape) so I didn’t have to break out the sewing machine. Well, after I’d only gotten 8 inches in about 20 minutes and it wasn’t really sticking, I gave up and broke out the old Singer. “This should take me 30 minutes max,” I thought. HA! Yeah, maybe if I used my sewing machine more than once a year and could ever remember how to thread the thing! I kept getting a looped stitching on the bottom of the fabric, so I thought it was a bobbin problem. 3 hours of “common sewing machine problems” videos later, I found out that I missed a hook when threading and it threw off the tension. I was literally cheering when I figured it out. It’s the little things in life, I guess.
So once I got to sewing, it really did only take me 30 minutes. Curtain panels are about as easy as you can get…you fold over and iron an inch on 3 sides, then a larger fold on the top to make the pocket that the rod will slide through. Then sew. Easy as that!
Here’s an old picture that shows you the bare, before-windows.
And here’s the finished product!
I rarely like the way my projects turn out the first time, but I am so so happy with these. I may go back and add a liner, but I kind of think I like them light and airy.
Curtains just make such a big difference in a room. I never thought it looked bad before, but it just looks so much better now. Since I had planned to do 4 panels at first, I’ve got some extra fabric to use for pillows and something over the kitchen sink. I love this fabric so much, I might just make myself a dress. Kidding. I wouldn’t know the first thing about sewing clothing 😉
While I was crafting in the comfort of my air conditioned home, Chris was outside in 100 degree heat dealing with this:
Who decides to extend their patio in June…in Houston? Apparently we do. We started back up at 6:00 this morning to beat the heat. Sounds like fun, huh?? More to come on the patio project.