Sewing was my first “hobby”. I started sewing when I was pregnant with my daughter. I couldn’t find a bumper pad and crib skirt I liked, so I made them. Did I know what I was doing? Not exactly. But I just went for it. What’s the worst that could have happened?
Drapes are the one thing that can really add warmth and style to a room. If you have ever shopped for them, you will know that the patterns and fabric are not great, prices are expensive and most of the time you can only find 84 inch curtains. (That makes me crazy! All my window need 96 inch curtains.) What’s a girl to do? DIY!!!!!!!
It’s easy. And fabric shopping is fun. A great fabric store is the happiest place on Earth, beside Lowes and Home Depot! The fabric I used in the pictures below was only $5.00 a yard. It was reduced because of a printing flaw, but you would never find it. (It was bought at my favorite fabric store, Tony’s Fabrics.) With that price, it cost $15.00 per panel! Woohoo!
All that is required to make drapes or curtains the “Laurie way” is a sewing machine, being able to sew a straight line, (so no drinking while sewing!) a ruler and an iron and ironing board. I don’t do rules, by the way. You will probably hear me say that a lot. That means there are no patterns used. They are not lined because these curtains are decorative, the fabric is heavy and it’s white on the back side. If you were going to close the curtains, they would need lining to protect the fabric from the sun. That’s for another day.