Monday, January 18, 2010

A simple fix...

Well, January is my "nesting" time. The shop is closed and it is about the only time all year when I have a minute to focus on something in my own home. Sooooo, of course I had to "change" something - I don't leave anything the same for very long. And since I do all the work myself - nothing is ever very expensive. A lil' paint, a lil' material, a lil' TLC - and everything feels fresh and new again.
So, here is my delima - I found some curtains at Lowe's that I liked but they were way to short. I don't usually buy store bought curtains simply because I like to piddle with sewing. Now, I'm no seamstress by any stretch of the imagination but I can sew to suit myself. Just don't go peeking underneath - it might not look very pretty - hehe.
About 10 inches to short...
Some corresponding fabrics...

My trusty sewing machine...

After I sewed on the border - I pinned the fabric so it would pleat like the top panel...

And here they are... I really like them. Now, they look kind of custom. They still need to "soften up" so they will hang a bit better - but I think I'm gonna be happy with them.
I'll show you more pictures of my mini makeover later...if I can manage to ever get it finished.
Happy Monday friends,
Cathy



23 comments:

Deb said...

wow they turned out great Cathy....you are so clever...

Stacey said...

Just perfect!

Becca's Dirt said...

Very creative of you. I like the fix.

I am so excited - yesterday I picked up my grandmothers sewing machine to start sewing again. I haven't sewed in probably 30 years. I want to make a quilt and some curtains.

Lisa ~ A Cottage to Me said...

Very creative! I wish I could see things in my mind like that. I really like how the materials coordinate together. Great idea!

3LittleByrds said...

You did a great job. I wish I could sew. Maybe I'll look into it. :)

Donna said...

I absolutely love it. Much better than just plain curtains. You gave it the designer touch!!
Donna

hand painted by cheryl said...

I love seeing what you do. It is all so pretty. You inspire me and I like to be inspired.I also have a little down time so many things to do it is hard to deside where to start. Thanks again Cheryl

Kerin said...

Adorable ! I can't wait to see the rest of the makeover.
Love the combination of fabrics too!
Keep warm, and happy nesting

Cathy said...

Cathy, looks great!

Christine said...

Hey- those really turned out great! I wasn't sure about them when I was looking at the picture of them pinned...but I should have never questioned it...I love them :-) They really are custom now!

~Christine~

patty said...

love them

Country Dreaming said...

They look wonderful--you did a super job!

Let's see more please.

Melinda

Farmchick said...

Those came out very nice. I am waiting for spring break to do some projects here at home. It involves painting a couple of ceilings and some trim. Not my favorite thing to do. I love to paint walls, though!

Acorn Cottage said...

Hi Cathy,
I did the same thing for my craft room, except with three different mix and match fabrics and I LOVE mu curtains! I think I did a post on it a while ago if you care to peak. I love how yours turned out and of course I love red!!!! Enjoy nesting time!

Warmly,
Nancy

Maryjane - The Beehive Cottage said...

Wow, Cathy! I am impressed! Great job on adding a few inches to your curtians! Happy New year dear!

Hugs,
Maryjane

Sharon said...

Great idea nd wonderful job! Makes me want to buy some curtains that are too short and jazz them up just like you did. Thanks
Sharon

Mimi Sue said...

I think they look great. Mimi

City Girl Country Heart said...

Those turned out great! WOW! I need you to come make mine!
Stephanie

Angie said...

They are just perfect, of course. You are so good! You better show that room soon 'cause I can see a new paint color and I am dying to see what all you've done! LOVE the curtain fabrics!

RiverBend Farm said...

Your curtains look great. I want to come see your shop! (like I ever get out of Texas....)
Berte

Beverly said...

The perfect solution. I didn't know Lowes had cute curtains like that. You made them even more special. Looking forward to seeing the rest of your redo.

Becca said...

They look beautiful !! I can't wait to see the rest of the room. Take care, Becca

Kristi said...

They look wonderful!!! I can't wait to see the rest of the makeover! :)
Kristi