Tuesday, January 24, 2012

kitchen curtain follow up...



...with not very great photographs, but here they are all the same. I was just glad to see some actual sun today, but it might have been the wrong time of day to snap the shots. At my house I have to get while the gettin' is good. The table was clean, the sun was shining. The getting, as they say, was good.


 

The fabrics I used are this cheerful AMH LouLouThi and a band of grey chambray at the bottoms. These curtains came together really quickly because:
  1. I didn't line them this time. They are on the back of my house, so I didn't have to adhere to the white lining rule in my neighborhood.
  2. For each curtain I just used the entire width from selvedge to selvedge and then measured the length I wanted plus 3.5 inches at the top and 5.5 at the bottom for hems. The sides were hemmed 1/2 inch over, then 1 inch over again. The tops and bottoms were hemmed 1/2 over then another 3 inches over at the top, and another 5 inches over at the bottoms.
  3. I ripped the fabric to length instead of cutting with scissors. First I snipped near the end of the yardage and ripped off the cut edge to square it up, then just measured the lengths by holding the fabric selvedge against my cutting mat (for example, measured twice to 35 inches for a total of 70 inches for the LouLouThi) and then while pinching it at the spot, snipped it with scissors through the selvedge and ripped it across instead of cutting. So much quicker and easier.

The curtain rings are those clip-on kind that I picked up a long time ago at IKEA. I love those things. I used this method to attach them, so it created the look of pleats without actually have to sew the pleats.

Easiest curtains I've made by far. My next kitchen sewing project needs to be some cushions for the chairs. I bought yellow piping a few months ago but that's as far as it got.

18 comments:

  1. Cute curtains, but I'm amazed by the "white lining" rule. What kind of crap is that? Is it a townhouse community or something? That would tick me off.

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  2. Hey, Jodi, it's just a part of our neighborhood covenant. I've never minded it since I actually agree that white linings look nicer from the outside, especially on front windows.

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  3. Oh yes! They turned out so nice. The colors are great and the grey is a surprising choice, but perfect! Thanks for the link to the great fabric.

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  4. gorgeous!! really lovely, but oh my word, won't they fade?

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  5. They are so, soooo pretty! What a great way to dress up those huge windows!

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  6. Beth, um, yes, quite possibly? LOL. It was not a huge concern because I had my other curtains (black and white toile) up there for the last nine years(!), but they never seemed to fade. But of course that was a different fabric altogether. Even if these do fade, I'm sorry to say my taste changes so regularly I might be ready to sew more by then.

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  7. Lovely job! I've never been brave enough to try patterened curtains. I have no idea what's been holding me back.

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  8. All I can say is Wow! They are v pretty and makes your kitchen so much more beautiful!

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  9. Yes, Yes, Yes! I love your curtains. They look so amazing, and I love the contrasting fabric on the hem of the curtains. So lovely. :-)

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  10. I think both the curtains and the pictures came out great!

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  11. The curtains turned out beautifully. The grey chambray was a perfect touch.

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  12. They look great, Larissa!! It all looks so much different with the smaller table in the space, too. Amazing how a simple change can make such a difference.

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  13. Thanks, everybody. Jessica, yes. I LOVE the round table. Just the right size for us during most days, and it also has a leaf and can comfortably sit 6-8 when needed. Perfect for us and a lot more attractive than the rectangle.

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  14. They look beautiful and the kitchen over all as well! Well done Larissa, so the new year started with bright and happy new things to create and look at.

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  15. HI Larissa, I followed you over from Pinterest. I love your little felted needle books. I saw your NO OMG on your sidebar (I've never seen that before) but what a great idea. People say that so often, and have no idea what they are saying. I just have to say, oh my God is great! I'm really hooked on the Newsboys new song Gods Not Dead. Come by and say hi sometime. Thanks, Cindy

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  16. These are stunning. I love the fabric choice.

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