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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Hung Up...

I originally made some curtains out of drop cloths for our living room (yes, I joined the drop cloth phenomenon - don't judge me), with some inspiration from Donna. I did sew a small pocket so I can slip a pole through it, simple and easy! Once they were hung up though, they covered way too much of the door and blocked light which I HATE. Plus the kids and dog were pulling or stepping on it every time they went outside. Did I mention I also hate doing laundry?

My solution? Move them over just a little bit more, high and wide as John and Sherry always say. Tons of awesome information and helpful hints, I love them. So, down they came and into the front room they went. And I love them there...until I change my mind again :)

Our living room has been without curtains for, oh about 6 months. Shameful. It only bothers me at night when our creepy neighbor walks around late at night and makes our dog go crazy. Weirdo. Since I wanted to move the rod over another 6 inches, our original rod didn't fit. More waiting. Then I had a brilliant idea, how about a long branch? My brother-in-law Chris has one above their dining room area and it looks great...really rustic. I told Paul we should go branch hunting and he looked at me like I was crazy. What?! Doesn't everyone go hunting for fallen branches or dead trees around town? And if the tree is dead, people shouldn't care if we cut a little off? I'm just saying, I don't want to steal anything...just purposefully remove and reuse. He wasn't having it.

Luckily my brother-in-law told us half of his tree in their backyard broke off recently, and there were tons of branches for us to choose from. Gotta love FREE. Paul and Chris went searching and came back with this looong branch, full of little nubs.

I love nature but this branch was so ugly. I thought I could sand it and maybe stain it...

Hmm, maybe a little too rustic for me. You can see how far over the holes were before, with the other brackets. Plus, I want to be able to close the curtains at night and I can't imagine tugging successfully over those nubs. I lived with it up there for a week just to be sure I didn't like it. We took a trip to JoAnn's yesterday and they were having a 40% off sale on curtain rods. Of course I had to call Paul and ask him how long 120 inches was to make sure it would fit, because my measuring skills are seriously lacking. It would fit perfectly with room to spare. So for $25 I picked up a new rod.

Now I have to get making those curtains. I had some white fabric that never got used for a different project. So... my sewing skills are also seriously lacking and I have no idea what I'm doing! If I even attempt to describe this as a tutorial, you will laugh so it's more of a play by play of what I did...my way :)

First thing I did was wash the fabric. Second, I sliced off the bottom, to get rid of the fraying and make things as even as I could. I know there has to be some fabulous tips for getting things straight and making things easier, but I don't have time to search for it. I'm just winging it...

Ironing 92 inches of fabric on the floor was awesome! How embarrassing, I really need an ironing board!

I didn't even take the time to pin anything, I just folded the fabric over and ironed at the same time, making a 1/2" inseam all the way around. With a 1 and 3 year old, I have to be quick about everything.

Once all four sides were ironed, I sewed around the whole thing. For the top I choose a jute ribbon I found at JoAnn's. The cool thing about these curtains is you can use anything for your loops! Use a contrasting color like I did or white to keep it clean or any fabric to tie in other colors from your room - so simple! I played around a little bit, trying to figure out what I was doing, what was going to look good, length, spacing, etc.

A simple knot...

 Or a bow? The bow is adorable so I chose that. First thing I did was sew on the loop that would hang the curtain.

 Ignore my chippy nail polish. Just a simple stitch is all it takes, not even straight but it works. Then I tied my little bows and shoved them under my needle, which by the way, surprisingly did not break.

Very simple, took less than 2 hours and looks really sweet. Now hopefully I will be inspired to finish the rest of the room.

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Bonny@Spontaneousniceties said...

I love them both! I need to make some. quick-like!

Barbara Jean said...

sweet! Love the jute ribbon bow!

barbara jean

oSoPurdy said...

Thank you so much! I love the ribbon but I will tell you , it's a little tricky. I've had to fix the bows a few times now. They get pulled open and closed alot.

The ribbon is laced with little plastic threads but they come out so easily. So if you try to use that jute ribbon, use your zig zag stich and go over them several times!!

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