You guys, I feel like I just ran a marathon. Or climbed a mountain, or cooked a 17-course dinner, or… something else really, really hard. But you know what? I did something harder than all those things. I SEWED MY DINING ROOM CURTAINS. For reals.
After avoiding it for as long as I possibly could, I finally bit the bullet this weekend, and transformed this:
Curtains really aren’t hard to sew, but something about these curtains kicked my butt. Probably because there are four panels, and they’re really long, and I had to be a hero and line them and pleat them and put weights in the bottoms… and it just starts to make you cranky after a while, wrestling with such big pieces of fabric. But hey, I finally finished them, and I feel like a got a yoga workout in the process.
Seriously though, I hate to be all negative because I would never want to discourage any of you from sewing your own curtains (because, really, you should sew some curtains! You can do it! It’s really very easy!). I think I had a hard time with these because I didn’t quite have enough space to spread out the big pieces of fabric, so I ended up squished on the floor of my sewing room, knocking over the ironing board and banging my head on my desk chair every time I moved around the giant pieces of fabric, and my patience wore thin. The next time I do such a large-scale sewing project I will take the extra time to move some furniture and clear out a room so I can work more comfortably. Lesson learned! Haste makes waste, and all that.
Anyway, that’s all in the past, and now I have four big, beautiful curtain panels for my dining room. Hooray!
They’re long! They’re nice with the carpet! It’s amazing how carpet and curtains really start to make a house feel like a home. Instant coziness.
The fabric is from the Habitat line by Jay McCarroll for Free Spirit fabrics.
It’s from the same line as the fabric I used to cover my chairs. What can I say, I have a big fabric crush on that Jay McCarroll. (Project Runway Season 1 winner, in case you don’t recognize the name!)
By the way, I’m told this line isn’t going to be stocked much longer, so if you like it, grab it now! I got mine from the wonderful Etsy shop Found Fabrics.
PS: the artwork is a 20×200 print by artist Jessica Snow.