Thursday, December 5, 2013

From blah to Ba-Bam!

I want to be a seamstress.  I want to make my own curtains, pillowcases, and slipcovers.  I have a sewing machine, and I even got it out.  Unfortunately, I just don't know how to use it.

But, that did not stop me!

I've been searching the internet for the perfect curtains for my kitchen.  My kitchen is currently a blank slate just waiting for some beautiful curtains to turn it from blah to Ba-Bam.  I've looked at all the usual culprits (Ikea, JC Penney, Bed Bath and Beyond, Kohls, Target, Etsy).  I just can't find what I'm looking for.

I realized that I was going to have to take matters into my own hands.

So, I went to Joann Fabrics, found a beautiful fabric from Waverly, talked to a awesome young woman who looked at my window measurements and figured out how much fabric I would need.  She also helped me find the Stitchery Glue that made this whole thing possible.  Ready.....?

Isn't it fun?  I love it so much.  It has the oranges and reds that I love, but also has bits of turquoise and pink.  Ok, so my husband thinks I'm crazy.  But I just love it.

I think you should be drooling by now it's so gorgeous!

I even made a valance for the kitchen window...
The whole project took me about an afternoon (with loads of laundry, phone calls and checking facebook in between).  I laid out the fabric on our ping pong table, used the stitchery glue to make an inch hem all around and then hung them with curtain clips.

Simple enough for me means you can do it too!


  1. great job, and you didn't even have to sew? I never know what size I need to get to do something like that, it stresses me out.

  2. Joann Fabrics was great. I brought in the measurements of my window, and they figured out how much I needed.

  3. It's great to be able to get "custom-made" doing it yourself, isn't it! The curtains look wonderful with just the right degree of fullness and the length is perfect. I also really appreciate your finishing touch off a valence for your sink window. There is nothing like a well-dressed window to put the final touches on a room. Visiting from Frugal Friday at The Shabby Nest.