I finished my curtains for my front room! Woohoo! :)
They’re fun and bright – and definitely colorful!!
In case you missed my progress so far – I made some cute Stitched Furniture Silhouettes for my wall, and a Sunny Yellow Clock.
Now I’ve added curtains to my front window to bring it all together!
Since I’m renting – I can’t take down the mini-blinds, but I love the way the curtains brighten up the space and some color!
Aren’t they fun? I love the Heather Bailey Pop Garden fabric – and the ruffle at the top looks like a little valance!
I will reveal how everything looks all together at the end – but first I’ll show you how to make these. They’re super quick and easy!
These are 84″ x 41″ wide panels. You can adjust the measurements/amounts to fit your windows.
For these you’ll need – 4 1/2 yards of the main fabric, 2 yards of the ruffle fabric.
Cut the main fabric in half and hem the two long sides and the bottom short side.
To make nice pointed corners, hem down one side until you are about 6″ away from the bottom.
Fold the bottom edge up at an angle to make a small triangle about twice the width of the hem.
Fold the bottom edge up once to meet the top of the triangle,
And then fold one more time so that fold cuts across the seam at a 45 degree.
Continue sewing down the side until you just catch the fold, then with your needle in the down position, turn the fabric and sew the bottom hem.
You should have a nice clean point for your corner!
Press the hem down.
Repeat for the other panel.
Cut your top fabric into four 6″ x 45″ pieces and four 8″ x 45″ pieces. These will be the two top ruffles for each panel.
Sew two of the 6″ pieces together on one short side and two of the 8″ pieces together on one short side.
Hem the two short sides and long bottom side of each of the ruffles.
Gather the top edge of each of the ruffles so that the measure the width of the top panel piece. (Should be around 41″ depending on the original width of your fabric.)
Repeat for the other two ruffles for the other panel.
Cut your remaining red fabric into 16 – 3″ x 7″ pieces. Fold the pieces in half and sew a 1/4″ seam down the raw edges.
Turn the tab pieces right side out and press.
Fold the pieces in half and pin 8 tabs along the top of each panel. Pin them to the wrong side of the fabric.
You’ll need to adjust this a bit for the width of your panel, but my tabs were pinned so the center of each tab was 5 7/8″ apart.
I’m sure there’s a nifty math-y kind of way to figure out how to make them even. I’m not so good at that – so I just kept adjusting my tabs/measurements until they were even. :)
Sew a basting stitch along the top to sew the tabs down, 1/4″ from the raw edge.
On top of the tabs, again on the wrong side of the fabric, pin first the small ruffle, right side down, then the large ruffle on top of that, right side down.
The top raw edges of the ruffles should line up with the top edge of the panel.
Press the ruffles down towards the front – and you’re done with the curtains!
I also spraypainted an old metal curtain rod to match my Sunny Yellow Clock – with the Rustoleum Sunny Yellow.
Hang up your new curtains and curtain rod and admire your bright new curtains!!
I love the red of the ruffle against the yellow of the curtain rod.
Here’s how the whole wall looks!
I have never claimed to be a decorator. And I have never claimed to be one of those awesome decorator blogs. :)
So your advice/thoughts are seriously appreciated!!
I have in my rocking chair a fabulous pillow I picked up at the Queen Bee Market from an AMAZING little booth – Smitten.
It’s a super cute red houndstooth with a vintage quilt piece on it. I was so thrilled that it had the red, turquoise and yellow in it!
The Sunny Yellow Clock is on my Vintage Radio – it was my grandparents and it plays AM Stations and records.
I know it’s kind of popular to paint just about everything right now, but I can’t bring myself to paint some of these antique pieces I have. I think the wood looks ok, since it’s brightened up by the color around it.
And the pattern on the curtains ties in well with the yellow and red on the clock!
Ok – so what do you think? Does the wall need anything else? (Keep in mind I can’t paint)
Is it too much? Too little?
I love it – but I’m also totally open to your ideas and suggestions!! :)