Kitchen Curtains

January 30, 2012 at 10:06 am (Home Changes and Additions, Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I don’t sew.  I wish I could, but I am just not good at it.  I hope to start practicing and at least be able to make a basic straight line someday, but for now, I don’t sew.  So, when I am on the hunt for new curtains and all of the pretty options are out of my price range, what do I do?  I get out the iron and the hem tape and I “fake glue” myself a pair.

Remember these kitchen curtains?

The valances above the windows were here when we moved in.  They were fine.  Actually, they were god quality and in good shape.  Just not our favorite color choices.  The curtain on the door was brought from my old house.  I used it to cover the window temporarily, until we could figure out what we wanted in here.  Now the floral curtain is on the door window just beyond that, which leads outside.  After all these months of looking at these mismatched curtains, I finally wanted to get busy.  I knew I wanted something more neutral, as we plan to paint in the near future.  I liked the shape of the valances, and I didn’t mind the deep red roller shade (for now?).  Then I happened upon the perfect twist of fun stripes and neutral colors…

Ticking fabric.  A little rustic and old school, yet funky and fresh as curtains.  The cream/tan combo will go well with the new colors to come.  And I tied the faux roller shade with twine.

And I did all of it with iron on hem tape, even the tab tops! What do you think??

More projects to come 🙂

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No-Sew Curtains

June 28, 2011 at 6:34 pm (Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Every room of my new house has needed curtains.  But, wow!  Curtains are expensive!  I always see other people’s fun curtains and think, “I can do that!”  But then I get started and realize, oh yea, I can’t sew.  At all.  My mom suggested using iron-on fabric hem tape and making faux roman shades.  Light bulb!

I have a little mud room, where the dog kennels and laundry live.  These blinds were broken and grimy.  I thought this was the perfect place to try this experiment out on.  Its a small room, so it can take a bright punch, plus we aren’t in there all the time, so if they aren’t prefect on the first try its no big deal.

So, after reminding myself that the situation couldn’t get much worse, I set forth.  I bought a few yards of a fun, floral fabric for each window.  I used tension rods, and used these to mark the width of each window.  Once I had the width I used the hem tape and ironed a hem onto each side.  Then ironed a hem to the bottom and a pocket at the top.  I hung the curtains, rolled them up, and tied in place with matching ribbon.  Viola!

The bright fabric ties in the red antique table I use for folding laundry, and the fun towels I bought for next to the sink.  You can see here that the whole little room needs some work, but for now at least the curtains are fun!

What a simple technique with big impact, no?

I love this big old sink, even though it needs some work too.  Here you can see the little purple and yellow picture that I hung too.  You can also see the antique expandable mirror.

I think this experiment turned out pretty well and will definitely use this to make me braver for my next curtain project!

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