Tuesday, July 21, 2009
I wish I could call this the $3 curtain, but really the curtain rods make this more like a $30 project. The vintage white linen with simple blue embroidery did cost only $3 in a little shop in Midway, KY (My new obsession--good thing it's a half hour away). All I did was fold it in half and then sew a seam across about 2 inches down to allow for the tension rod. I chose a fancier metal rod with decorative circular ends that cost about $15, but there's really no reason why I didn't use a cheaper rod since you don't even see it. I actually think the embroidered dishtowel looked great alone, but I had a vision that included black gingham and I had to see it through.
I already had the bracket curtain rod and liner fabric and I found the yard of cotton gingham for about $5 at Hancock Fabrics during their half off sale, so I didn't spend too much more money. I basically sewed the good sides of the liner and fabric together, leaving enough space for the rod pocket and to turn the fabric right side out. After turning it, I folded in each side of each rod pocket to essentially hem them. Then I sewed a seam 1-inch down form the top to create a ruffle and then about 3-inches down to create the rod pocket. Almost done. I finished by sewing a seam right across the bottom to keep the liner from sagging.
This was a very easy project that has made my kitchen feel nice and cozy. I've told you in the past that I'm a beginner sewer. This project came together pretty easily and made me realize that I've been trying to learn how to sew on a little bit more difficult fabrics like upholstery weight and some of the vintage fabrics that tended to pucker. The cotton just flew through the machine and I was surprised at how straight my lines were. (OK, I also was not totally exhausted after a long day and drinking a beer at the time since it was only about 1:00 in the afternoon.)
You might have noticed that I took a close up shot of the window. When I'm done with a chalkboard project to the left of that window, I'll take a wider angel shot. But that will also mean putting away dishes and cleaning up...I hope a grandparent is coming again soon!
Posted by Kelly at 7:09 PM