Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Transforming Bedsheets to Curtains

My train of thought (short train) got derailed again today. I was packing some things away and came across two cream colored, twin, flat sheets. I had recently taken down a very pricey pair of prairie swags ($70 pr) from my windows in the dining room. Though they were a very pretty fabric, the lining was not sewn in properly (too large for the curtain) and they did not hang smoothly. I have had them hanging for about a year, but honestly, they really bugged me so I finally took them down. I can't believe I paid so much for something that was made so poorly!

I left empty windows for over a month and thought hanging some cream colored, floor length curtains might look nice and also give us some privacy.

I ripped open enough of the wide hem at the top of the sheet so that I could slip a curtain rod through just to see how it looked on one of the windows. Well, I loved the way it looked and it let just enough light in and still gave us the privacy we have never had in the diningroom.

So off  I headed to Walmart to buy two more. I have no idea why, but I grabbed four sheets (at $4.97 each) and when I got home I realized that the sheets were a slightly different shade of cream than the original pair. Luckily, I bought 4 so I had enough sheets to make 4 panels for 2 windows.

Twin Flat Sheets--2 per window.  WASH and DRY first.

One Ugly Window

Sew a 1 1/2" pocket to accomodate the curtain rod in the bottom of wide hem (top of sheet) which will
give a nice ruffle at the top of the curtain

Hang on curtain rod and determine the length--I want floor length--then begin pinning your hemline. Mine are not hemmed yet.

Less than $10.00 per window thus far--I am going to embellish them. But will still be considerably less than the $140 for the 2 pair that I didn't like! Still need to hem both pairs!

Adds a simplified look to the room--sorry a bit blurry;
Still need to determine how to trim them--narrow gold border???? Tiebacks????
I will post a photo when they are done.

"It was still quite light out of doors, but inside with the curtains drawn and the smouldering fire sending out a dim, uncertain glow, the room was full of deep shadows"
Kate Chopin

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Oh What a Beautiful Morning!

Yup, it's the small things--Life is Good!

Well, we did not get the thunderstorm I was hoping for yesterday,  but the humidity has lifted and it is a cool 55 degrees outside. I was up early and sat by an open, sunny window with my first cup of coffee (it's actually a 2 cup mug!) and felt energized. Even Willie, my dog, has a bounce in his step this morning and he could not wait to go outside and sleep in the cool grass! Such contentment!

I hope to get much accomplished today. Yesterday, I tore my hutch apart in the dining room so that my husband could repair the shelves. A couple of years ago, while we were eating dinner, the top shelf collapsed in my hutch, the doors came flying open and some of my favorite dishes were smashed to bits. With the shelves not working properly since, I decided yesterday (for some reason) I needed the storage space and tore into it! My husband added some wooden supports beneath the shelves and once again, I have usable, storage space--something this small house seriously lacks!

So today, I will finish cleaning the dining room and hopefully move on to a project or two; maybe I will even complete a few blocks for my quilt! At any rate, it is a beautiful, cool day without humidity--perfect for catching up on housework, some bookkeeping and eventually some sewing. What a difference a day makes! Hope you are enjoying a break in the heat and humidity wherever you may be!

"A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing and the lawn mower is broken."
James Dent