After we got home and hastily gobbled down our sweet treats, I got to work and finally finished the curtains I've been working on since after Thanksgiving.
I've been desperately wanting to make some new curtains, but we have been trying to watch our spending. So the idea came to me to just recycle, re-use, and re-purpose an old furniture cover I didn't use and curtains that I already owned.
I did the horizontal stripes because it was the best way to incorporate the extension piece of fabric. The curtains I currently owned were not long enough. I just added more fabric (the old cover) at the end of the curtains and added the tan stripes. I bought some ribbon to finish it.
While doing this project, I didn't realize how hard horizontal stripes would be. The hardest part was getting the two panels to be level with each other. I spent most of my time measuring and re-measuring the spacing. It's hardly perfect and a professional would surely pick them apart. And if you look close enough you can see…
I've learned a lot doing this project, like: cut all fabric first, and pin base everything, both panels at once.
The problem I encountered was that I did each panel almost 2 months apart. (Small children running about makes it difficult to commit to getting a whole project done in one sitting.)
I started this after we got back from my in-laws at Thanksgiving. Which probably wasn't the best plan. I think we had like 5 weeks between that holiday and Christmas.
I was cramming to get things done because Mike's whole family was coming to spend Christmas with us. So this project was probably the reason we didn't send out Christmas Cards this year.
Well anyway, I got the first panel done and then the next day it seemed like my in-laws were here. I at least wanted to have one curtain hanging on the bare window.
When I came back to the project I couldn't adjust the lengths of the wide stripes on the first curtain; lesson learned- pin base everything then sew last…. and I didn't think to measure the tan fabric wider in the areas I needed while doing the second which came to the other lesson learned-cut all the fabric at once!!…
But inspire of all the difficulties I finished it and I'm rather proud of them. Not bad for being my first attempt at sewing curtains.
The finished product:
You can't tell in this photo, the lighting is horrible, but the fabric touching the ground is the same color as the stripes, the lining I used behind it wasn't as thick as the lining on the main curtain...