So here's how this project started. I fell for this floral fabric when I was working at Hancock Fabrics, and when it was marked down for clearance, I got very excited about making a curtain for my bathroom window. I did all the measurements, bought the fabric and white broadcloth for lining... then proceeded to procrastinate. Ultimately, it landed on my UFO Challenge list.
Here is the window "before" picture:
Kinda needs a curtain, huh? And a good cleaning. And a new screen (note the black electrical tape covering one of the holes)...
The curtains are simple, lined panels, shirred on the rod, but I did try something new this time around. I had never before done a blind hem stitch, didn't even know I had a blind hem foot for my sewing machine -- but I do! I followed the instructions in this video tutorial from Drapery Ideas. So easy!
Here's how my blind hem turned out. I know it's hard to see, but then, that's the whole point! LoL You can see the few stitches that landed on the white flowers, though, right about in the center of the picture going across. It would totally be "blind" on a single color fabric, and so much easier than hand stitching the hem. I'll definitely be doing this on future curtains.
And here they are finished. (I also scrubbed and cleaned that window, inside and out, AND replaced the screen, all of which took longer than the making of the curtains. Sheesh.)
Installed drapery hold-backs. I love these things... so much easier than dealing with tie-backs. (And look how that clean window shines!)
And here they are pulled back...
(Gotta love that toilet paper holder in the middle of all my pics...no question what room this is! )
This little project got me thinking about a new challenge for 2012, to finish projects around the house. Not sewing projects, but painting, repairs that need to be done, etc. We started remodeling this bathroom.... at least six years ago, and half of the walls are still unfinished. Things like that. The curtains are an improvement for sure, but how I would love to have that whole room finished! And challenges do motivate me...
... so the wheels are turning, and I have some ideas brewing to help me get some of these things done, once and for all. Check back in late December if you want to take the challenge with me! ;o)