Sewing for the non-sewer.

This should be my weekly pregnancy update, but nothing’s changed so I thought I’d talk about this fantastic curtain I made two weeks ago.

We have this window in our house, it is smack dab in the middle of the hallway, and lets a gorgeous amount of sunlight into the house. Which would be fantastic, if it wasn’t directly in front of my bedroom door and when I try to “sleep in” on a weekend, it’s impossible because the light streams right on my face. We’ve lived in this house for three+ years now, and all that we’ve ever used is this lovely sheer curtain. (Also, I tried really hard to get decent pictures of this window, but because the sun is right there, it was not happening).

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Also, our windows measure 28 inches across. You would think that would be no big deal. A window is a window. Wrong. All the home good type stores, only sell curtains for new houses. Almost nowhere sells decent curtains for little half windows like that one, and there is not a single blind manufacturer that makes blinds in 28 inches across. 27 or 29, sure. But no 28. The joy of having a 1920’s house. I soon realized that the only way this window was getting covered is if I learned how to sew.

ha. ha. ha. ha. ha. ha. (excuse me while I breath) ha. ha. ha. ha. ha.

So of course I turned to Pinterest. I wanted the look of Roman shades, but wasn’t quite sure how to do it. My friend Jessica hand stitched her own, which I thought–I could totally do this, and then she showed me the video and within three seconds I had a panic attack and decided that wasn’t happening. I started looking for no sew roman shades, unfortunately they all required blinds. Welp, that wasn’t going to work either. I was feeling helpless. This window was going to be the death of me. How shall I ever fix it. Until, I found this post by The Cerniks. I officially had hope!

All I needed was Fabric (done), three tension rods (had em!), and some fabric glue.

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So step one. Iron your fabric. And then put your fabric glue on the fabric and take a picture of it.

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You want to cut your fabric about an 1 inch to 1.5 inches longer on the sides to leave room for the “hem” (I’ll be honest, Because I was going for really straight lines, I ended up making mine too big, so I had to go back a few times and cut it, you don’t want to do this. Measure twice, cut once). Fold over that extra fabric and glue it. The bottle says let it dry for 24 hours, and I’m impatient so I waited three. It was dry.

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And then I hung them, but I didn’t take pictures of hanging them because I was alone. So I will try to explain what you see.

(Note, if you follow the original blog that I copied from, she just looped the fabric together, I ended up breaking out the sewing machine and sewing a 1 inch open loop at the top to fit through the curtain rod)

So the first tension rod is at the top, with the fabric looped through to hold it in place. The second curtain rod is about 6 inches down and I just draped the curtain over the rod, and same with the third rod. This is not a real working roman shade, and if I ever need to cover the whole window, I can just let the fabric hang. But I think it looks much better than the sheer fabric that was there!

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I’m happy to answer any questions on how I did this project since, I did a terrible job of taking pictures during the actual project.

Total cost:

Fabric: $6 (I bought it in the scrap section and it happened to be the exact length I needed!)
Tension Rods: $7 (I already had two on hand, so I had to buy the third one. I think you can find it a little bit cheaper than I did)
Fabric glue: $5 from AC Moore.

Curtains for under $20, and a feeling of accomplishment? Yes please!


Phil is a Carpenter

I would always consider myself to be sort of handy–into projects. I’ve never really been into the build it yourself stuff, but refinishing projects and getting crafty has always been up my ally. And thanks to Pinterest, I’ve had a number of light bulb ideas these days.  Whenever I have an idea for a project I usually run it past Phil, get some push back, do it anyway, and life is great.

However, every now and then he gets a DIY bug. When he gets it, I’m not going to turn it down because a) he’s so detail oriented that I know it won’t get messed up, and b) he really can build/fix anything. He’s incredibly handy and c) if I tell him no, he might not ever do it again!

So as I mentioned in my last post he got the idea to build a headboard (I’ve been asking for a bed frame for a while) and he found a great “how to” from the DIY Network Folks.

He showed me the picture, and I said okay!

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First stop, a trip to Lowe’s. I think* the entire project ( wood, stain, poly, everything else) only cost us about $120. Our headboard cost $120!! Kind of shocking when you look at the cost of furniture these days. I do have to thank my Dad for making me learn patience at a young age. I use to have to sit for hours in airplane hangers while he fixed and tinkered. It was endless hours of boredom.  I did this without an Iphone. I tried to do Lowe’s without an Iphone, but that was impossible. How did I use to entertain myself?? The most tedious aspect was picking out wood. We had to ensure that there were no curves so that they would all be flush with each other. That probably took two hours.

Next Assembly:

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It was raining the day we bought everything, so Phil but it together right on our living room floor. While I watched a marathon of Snapped on the Oxygen channel.

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Just about finished project!

Now, I should have been a better photographer and took pictures of the staining, and polying process. But I forgot, got tired, didn’t think about it. We choose Dark Walnut as our stain, because I don’t like the look of Oak, and I feel like Dark furniture can sometimes last longer. It won’t “tire” as easy as a light wood.

Phil drilled some holes into the bottom so it would connect with our bed rail and ta da:

We have a new bed!

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I have to remove the pictures because they don’t fit behind the bedframe anymore. And now my next craft is to find better bed side tables. The ones I currently have were my Uncle Charlie’s, and they have gone from black, to white, to me and my Dad refinishing them (current condition). They are sturdy and have lasted MANY moves. But I’m tired of them. They don’t go with my current motif, and I don’t think I can get them to a motif that I like.

Next big project will take place in 3 weeks: Painting the upstairs.

Next refinishing project: Turning a bookcase into a closet. (**We did it! Read about it here**)