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Monday, June 20, 2011

Mom Cave, Step 4: DIY No-Sew Curtains

Sorry I've been holdin' out on ya' with the Mom Cave updates!
Truth be told ... there hasn't been a whole lot to update you on, since the progress in there has slowed down a bit lately (end of the school year gets a bit busy for a teacher!).
My goal is to FINISH the room within the month though .... so fingers crossed! :)~

I have managed to keep working on it, bit by bit .... and the latest undertaking was to "make" some curtains.
Let me start by saying we don't really "do" curtains in our house .... we live in the middle of 20 acres, so we don't really have to worry about privacy.  And we have a wrap-around porch, so we don't really have to worry about the sun fading our furniture.  So - the only rooms with curtains in our house up to this point were the bedrooms - and those were all purchased from Pottery Barn (for a pretty penny, of course).
But being as this is my Mom Cave (aka: craft room), I decided it would only be right to MAKE these curtains.
One problem.
I don't sew.  (Which I really have no excuse for, by the way .... my grandma taught me very well when I was younger, I just never thought I'd actually WANT to sew!)
Anyway.
Enter:  Do-it-yourself, NO-SEW curtains.
And let me be the first to tell you .... this was SO EASY!!! :-)

They required exactly TWO things:  fabric and this stuff ....
Stitch Witchery
I purchased this nifty stuff from Jo-Ann's Fabrics for $1.66, thanks to a moving sale they were having!  
Score!

The fabric I picked was this butter yellow color with a dark navy-blue detailing.
I purchased the fabric from our nanny-extraordinaire for $30.  (Silverquilts on Ebay!)
 So, to "make" the curtains, lay a piece of Stitch Witchery inside the fabric, folded over on the ends --
 ....and press a hot iron over a damp cloth on top of the fold to create the "hem".
(I did this for the tops and bottoms, but not the sides .... it just didn't seem necessary!)

I bought this oil-rubbed bronze curtain rod and clip-on curtain rings at Target for approximately $20 total.  (And handy, helpful husband installed it for me!)

And my window went from this .....
 
......to THIS!

As you can see, I left the hem pretty long (which I can easily adjust later), but I kinda like the curtains dragging on the floor a bit.

I gotta tell ya' .... I am really lovin' my curtains!!!  Not bad for NO sewing and slightly over $50.  

If you missed the first few "mom cave" posts ... check 'em out HERE!

23 comments:

  1. They turned out very nice! I love the idea of new sew curtains, although I do sew. The idea is still nice if I don't feel like it! Thanks for stopping by the S&R weekend hop. See you next weekend! Have a great week.

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  2. I can't believe I have never heard of stitch witchery before! This is a God send for those who can't sew...me too. :)

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  3. Okay young lady, you need to relearn to sew, although your curtains look perfectly nice. =0) Sewing is such a relaxing hobby and you can make so many useful things.

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  4. I don't sew either. Just enough to pass home ec. how many years ago... They turned out nice!

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  5. No sew curtains are the best! I just finished some curtains in the Dining Room with a machine. 1st time since the 9th grade. I had no clue as to what I was doing and managed to break the needle. I think you should always go with your gut. And it was telling me to do the no sew. I just thought I could conquer that machine, ha!

    Megan

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  6. I. Love. These. You are so crafty!

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  7. Turned out great and I love the fabric that you chose. I always struggle with how long to leave drapes at our house - on occasion I have found a cat curled up at the bottom so now I keep them shorter. Love the look of them puddling though.

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  9. You had me at "no sew." I love them! And I agree--the slight puddle is very classy. They look great.

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  10. Love them - inspired to work on something similar, but outside on our front porch. How do you think it would hold up with hot, humid weather?

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  11. Really like it! How in the world did you get so lucky to live on 20 acres?!

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  12. They do look great and I love the fabric you chose! I made a no-sew table runner the same way and I'm really thinking I need to make curtains now. We have a bunch of windows that still need covering!

    Stopping over from the Create & Share link party. :)

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  13. Thank you so much for linking this up to {nifty thrifty sunday} last week!
    Hope to see more of your creativity tonight! :)
    xoxo,
    Vanessa

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  14. I to hate sewing,this product(stitch witchery) could probably be used for many projects? Thanks for the info.,love the curtains.
    http://trescherechattel.blogspot.com/

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  15. Ahh this is just the tutorial I needed!! I do not sew either but want to "make" curtains for my baby-on-the way's nursery BUT I have no clue how many yards of fabric I need for each panel. My window looks about the same size as yours so I was wondering if you could please, please, PLEASE help me out and tell me how much fabric was used for your curtains!?

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