Wednesday, May 15, 2013

DIY Curtains...For a Friend...That I Want to Keep.

Follow my blog with Bloglovin A sweet friend of my recently came to me with a dilemma.  She was working on overhauling her office, and could not find curtains for the space.  Things were either too expensive, or just weren't the look she was going for.  I could totally relate...the same thing happened to me every time I looked.  So I told her there was an easy solution...just buy fabric and make them!

She said great!  Buuuuut she didn't have a sewing machine, and she didn't know how to sew.  Welp, that could be a problem...except for the fact that I have one and knew how to {well learned to from my Mama}.  So we planned a date to fabric shop at a discount store near work, and she picked out a gorgeous orangey ikat fabric.  It's amazing...as in so amazing, I might need to go back and get myself a yard or two.

Anywho, once the fabric was bought, it was time to get down to business.

My friend was not going to use these for function {no opening and closing of the curtains to hide the window}.  Like those in our house {here, herehere and here}, she only needed them to dress up the space and add a pop of color.  This helps to keep the cost of fabric down, since you can usually just buy the yardage you need for one panel and cut it down the middle to make two.

So that's just what I did.  I sliced the fabric in two and lined things up making sure the fabric was running the same way. 


Then I started pinning... 


And sewing...


After some time, I was all done with both panels!


Well I use the word "done" loosely.  I didn't sew the bottom hem yet because I was waiting for her to hang her hardware so I knew how long to make the curtains.  Hopefully I can post a picture of them hanging in their new home soon! :)

Anyone else ever make a project for someone that you wanted to keep yourself?  Am I the only bad one? ;)

37 comments:

  1. I love sewing, I'm usually the friend that buys a something cute for a friend and has a hard time giving it to them... because I want to keep it! lol

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    1. I'm glad I'm not alone in that feeling hehe! :)

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  2. My MIL sews but she said I needed 6 yards of fabric for 2 panels. Does that sound right if I'm not using them for function??

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    1. If you wanted the full width of the fabric for each panel, then it sounds about right. For every curtain I ever made, I buy just 3 yards, and then cut the fabric down the middle...therefore getting two panels out of the same length that your MIL would just get one panel. I hope that helps! If you need any help, just let me know, Kimber! :)

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  3. so pretty. i am going to teach myself to sew this winter i already decided and have a sewing machine coming my way woot!

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  4. Love that fabric! I cut all of my panels in half too :) Looking forward to seeing them in place!

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    1. Me too haha! Great minds think alike, Kate. ;)

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  5. that fabric is aawwweessoommeee!! i love it! I'm so horrible at sewing, so I usually convince my mom with dinner and chocolate to set up a sweat shop in her home ;-)

    you're such a good friend! she's lucky to have you

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    1. Right?!?! I loooove it! Aw, that sounds like wonderful payment to me. ;)

      Aw, you are so sweet...thanks, Cara!! :)

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  6. Love those Gabbi!! I would definitely want to keep them!

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  7. That fabric is gorgeous! I'd want to keep them too!

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    1. I'm glad I'm not the only one haha! I looove the fabric! :)

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  8. ooohhhh ... I love that ikat fabric! I did some similar ikat curtains for my living room that are lined and pinch pleated at the top. They were much easier than they sound.

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  9. That fabric is just so pretty! I want it too.

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  10. Pretty fabric! And I ALWAYS want to keep what I make for others :)

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    1. I'm glad I'm not the only one, phew! Haha! ;)

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  11. Those are beautiful!! I think I'm going to end up making curtains soon, too, but it'll be a bit of an adventure since I'm not much of a seamstress. I love the fabric she chose! Can't wait to see them in their new home. (And I don't blame you a bit for wanting to keep them!!)

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    1. It's okay...just sew a semi-straight line and you'll be good to go! I have total faith in you! :)

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  12. Such pretty fabric!! I'd have a hard time letting go of those as well...

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  13. By your friend, you mean me, right?

    These. Are. Awesome. I love the fabric.

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    1. Of course...how'd you know!! ;)

      Thanks so much, Kim!

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  14. Pretty fabric! I hope we get to see them in the room. ;)

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  15. I need so many curtains.... Must. learn. to. sew. :/

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  16. I'm drooling over that fabric. I really hope I'm the friend you made them for. ;)

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    1. Sounds like you and Kim might have to duke it out over them... ;)

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  17. Oh I LOVE these! You're an awesome friend.

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  18. You can always create a new one, if you really can't let go of your beautiful creation. I'm sure that you can produce another curtain, of different fabric designs, that you can give to your friend, whole-heartedly. Don't you want to have the same curtain as your friend, by the way?

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