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Yes, its true.  I love stripes and chevrons.  Yes, they are trendy but I love them and I truly think it’s a home decor fad that will stay around for a while.   Lets do the stripe count in my house.  My love of stripes first came out in my  guest bedroom.  They are more subtle here because this is my first ever room rehab.  You map of france with cialis can find them in the pillows, the pin striped sheets (sorry, you can’t tell in the picture), and the chevron closet curtains.  My stripe count is up to 3.

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Next up is my kitchen.  I added the stripes in my curtains

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First of all, thanks for all your comments and emails from Wednesday’s post.  I feel so blessed to have a roof over my head.  It has been a crazy couple of days here in my hometown, but we are starting to put it all back together.  Tourist season starts in a couple of weeks and they are moving and bustling to get the town ready whether it be fixing the damage or finding temporary locations to do business.  Most importantly, its been fun to see our little community help the people whose homes were severely damaged.  Friends and community members opened their homes, and hotels opened their rooms. For the most part, power is restored. I went back to work and the internet is faster than 20 minutes to upload a picture. (It took me FOREVER to load those pictures on Wednesday)

My best friend Ashley and her family were without power so we got to have her family over for some pizza.  Hanging out with friends was fun too!

Okay, onto normal posting.  I have been slowly rehabbing my living room. I got side tracked by a few projects like my bicycles but I am committed to finishing this room out.   I have done a few projects before this year like building a bench and finding furniture, but the action didn’t start happening until I finally convinced The hubs that our fireplace need to be painted white.  (I didn’t have to twist his arm.  I was just patient and he saw my vision) The the DIY just unfolded:

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I am close to finishing this room but there are a few odds and ends such as:

  • New coffee table  (I have the Ikea Lack coffee table that cost me $19.00.  It serves its purpose well but its a little out of proportion.
  • Jazz up my side table
  • New lamp for side table
  • New shade for lamp
  • Maybe jazz up the existing shades in my living room.
  • Sew some more pillows
  • Hang something over the mantle (not sure what but I am thinking of DIYing this)
  • Add a little more artwork
  • Find a side table for my chair
  • Spice up the back of my roman shades.  Why?  Well, I lined them myself and while it doesn’t look bad, it looks like any liner, I have decided that I don’t like the look from the front of my house.  We are going to be working on curb appeal this spring so this project is not really for my living room but for curb appeal.

Hows that for a list?  Come back on Monday and I will show you how I turned my plain jane Lack coffee table from this:

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To this:

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This picture isn’t the finished product.  I have to add a base.

See ya monday,

Jennifer

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Jennifer —  November 28, 2011 — Leave a comment

I posted a few weeks ago that I started to work on my living room.  I am not wanting to spend very much money on this living room.  $100…maybe $200 but no more.  I decided that I needed some color in this living room.  Its has grey, black and white furniture and Camel colored walls.  Here is what the curtains looked like about a week ago:

Not bad.  I made these curtains after one of my yearly trips to Ikea.  I bought this fabric there.  I found about 4 yards in the sale bin because that is all they had left and for some reason that store was not selling it anymore.  I used a gift card and came home to make curtains.  Low and behold 4 yards was not long enough especially for the extra needed to line up the pattern.  So, to remedy this misfortune I added some white fabric I had leftover from this project.  I never loved them but for free.  They worked.  In fact they have worked for about two years.  I decided this room needed color.  This room also needs some stripes.  I dug through my fabric stash and found these remnants.

Note:  this is what was left after the sewing but none-the-less these are the three fabrics I found that had enough to manage some curtains

  • Blue:  about 2 yards leftover from my dog beds and this artwork.  I originally bought this fabric 3 years ago to recover the laundry room chair.  Since the dogs have claimed it, I decided not to put the effort into it and at some point in time just buy a slipcover. The blue is upholstery denim fabric.
  • White:  White leftover from this project AND ripped off  from the bottom of the above curtains.  This white fabric used to be a Wal-Mart Sheet.  It is a light weight cotton.
  • Black:  Leftover fabric from the curtains in Asa’s room.  I didn’t have much of this at all.

The trick:  The white and black fabric is a different weight than the blue.  If not done right, the fabric would hang weird.  The heavier fabric needed to be at the top and the bottom to anchor the curtain.  Of course it’s not ideal but I am working with what I have.

I had no idea if this would be enough to make two curtains.  I knew that it would be close.  The most annoying part of this process was that I had to spend my time cutting and making accurate measurements.  To do this I used the following:

  • Large, Metal Right Angle Ruler
  • Metal ruler (these ensure straight lines where wooden rulers might be off due to the wood bowing)
  • Pencil/Chalk

Accurate Measurements:

  1. Since all these remnants were remnants I squared off every single one of them.  To do so I used hemmed edges or selvage edges that were already there and you know are straight.  You will lose some fabric squaring it off this but its vital for an even pair of striped curtains.
  2. Use the right angle ruler to make an accurate straight line.  Iron your fabric and place one part of the ruler against the edge you know is square (selvage edge or hem).  Draw a line with the ruler.  Keep drawing a line all the way across the length of the fabric and cut it.  Do this at the top and the bottom of the fabric.  Once you have drawn one square line you can use that to create another.
  3. Repeated Pattern fabric makes this process EASY.  Use a ruler and line it up along the pattern and draw your line.
  4. If you don’t have a square edge to begin with then make your own.  Draw a line on the fabric from a ruler and use that line to square up your fabric as I explained above.  Make sure the grain of the fabric goes the right direction.
  5. I figured out how much total yardage of each fabric I had and then determined the plan.

Problem #1: I didn’t have enough of the blue to make equal blue and white stripes.  The white fabric that I had was an odd yardage too.  I decided that the blue would be the same width of stripes, the black would be the same width but shorter than the blue and two white stripes would be different widths on the curtain.  If I cut the white too much I wouldn’t have that much fabric due to hems.  I knew that it had the potential to look funny but I thought….why not try.  As long as the pair of curtains where the same…maybe it wouldn’t matter.

Problem #2:  The total without hem would be 88 inches.  I needed the curtain to be 88 inches hemmed.  I would not have enough to make a hem at the top and the bottom.  My curtains would be too short if hemmed.  Dang it.  I pressed on anyway.  I figured that I could figure something out or maybe just be pleasantly surprised that my measurements where wrong.

Execution:

  1. I cut all the pieces according to my measurements (plus adding a 1/2 inch for a 1/4 inch seam on both sides.)  Since all my pieces were square I could cut my pieces the same way I did with these curtains in my bedroom.
  2. I cut all the pieces for BOTH curtains.  This is how I get a curtain that lines up well with its pair.
  3. I sewed the first two pieces of one curtain and then I would sew the first two pieces of the second curtain.  I did this for the entire curtain because you can see if your curtain stripes will line up and immediately fix the problem if they do not.
  4. Since I had accurately measured pieces it was easy to sew a 1/4 inch seam.  I used my sewing machine as a guide. If that doesn’t help you..chalk off a 1/4 inch line on each of your pieces.

My finished curtains turned out great!  I loved them but they were too short.  My rod is a track system from Ikea so I could clip the curtains but I didn’t like the rod showing or clips showing with this system.  I did not want to spend moolah on another system.  I searched through my third bedroom and found my “AHA” moment.  I found these roman shades that I have had since I moved into this house.

They are from Ikea and they don’t make them anymore.  They were once on my bay window in my living room but I moved them to my guest bedroom before its transformation.  They were once plain white but when I put them there I added a black 4 inch grosgrain ribbon border by glueing the ribbon with hot glue.  When I rehabbed the guest bedroom these were stored for when I someday rehabbed the 3rd bedroom.  That has not happened and I figured that I could rip that black ribbon right off and use it to hem my curtains.

Off the black ribbon came.  Since I had two roman shades 72 inches long there were 4-72 inch pieces of black ribbon.  Score!

The Ribbon:

  1. I hemmed the sides of the curtains.
  2. I sewed the black ribbon directly onto the top and bottom of the curtain with invisible string.  ( I always use invisible string when I have multiple colored curtains.)

To hang the curtains

  • I used the existing clips that go with the Ikea track system to hang the other curtains.
  • I made a “fake” french pleat by clipping 1 inch down of the curtain.  Doing this allowed the curtain to hide the rod and clip.

Here is the end product:

Move In Pic:

Transition:

After:

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The best part about this is I did not spend a dime on these curtains.  Not one.  Are you proud of me hubs?

The great things is that I lined the blinds so I don’t have to shut these curtains.  I can if I want to and probably will on freezing cold days but their main purpose is to give some softness, stripes and color in the room!

You can transform some scraps into something great.  It takes a little time but you can do it.  If you want to recreate these curtains you do it with sheets from Wal-Mart.  They have all these colors.

Thanks for reading!,

Jennifer

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As I am writing this title I am thinking of The Wizard of Oz.  You know the part where Dorothy finally pulls back the green curtain to see that the Wizard of Oz is a normal man.   For a blast from your childhood here is what I am talking about:

As you saw last week that I have many curtains in my master bedroom.  We don’t have a lot of space so curtains make the space more functional.  It also softens the walls and make the room more inviting.  Just in case this is the first time you are visiting my master bedroom, here are all the places that a curtain is hiding something.

Today I would like to share what is behind this Curtain:

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Has it been raining where you live?  Here is Missouri we are getting dumped on!  It literally has not stopped raining since Saturday morning!  The hubs and I had so many plans to work outside in our yard, but all of those plans were curbed.  The hubs continued to work on the garage and I pulled out some sewing projects that I had wanted to do for a while.  I needed to make curtains for my Master Bedroom.  There are two windows that face the front and exposed side of our house so they needed to be privacy curtains.  As I said in my last post I have a thing for stripes.  I love horizontal stripes right now and I am trying to find a way to put it in every room of my house.  I have determined it the theme of my house.

So far in what I have shown you here are the places that have stripes:

  • My Guest Bedroom:  The yellow striped pillows, the pin striped sheets and the chevron curtains (I like chevron just as much as stripes)
  • My Hallway – the striped bins
  • My bathroom – the framed striped fabric (leftover from the striped bins)
Striped fabric is hard to come by.  I love my favorite fabric store in Springfield Missouri but they did not have the color or size of stripes that I was looking for. I wanted navy and white stripes.   I looked online.  Sellers on Etsy were selling panels of curtains for $200.00 a pair.  Nope…too much for me.  Fabric online was about $18.00 a yard and not exactly what I wanted.  I decided that I wanted to make curtains for my closet because the bi-fold door option hindered access to the storage around my bed (to be posted soon :)  So That meant I needed about 13 yards of fabric…at $18.00 a pop that”s a total of $234!  That is too much for curtains.  I didn”t even spend that much on my bed.   So, I decided to make striped curtains out of cheap Wal-mart bed sheets.  Here is how they turned out:
The window:
The closet:
I used three twin sized bed sheets for one window.  The other window (not shown) is behind my bed so the panel had to be half the size.  I used only two twin bed sheets to make and line that window.  Finally, I used to full-sized bed sheets for the closet.  I lined the window curtains but did not line the closet ones.  (there”s no sunshine or neighbors to block out there)  The total cost to curtain three windows and a 60ft closet opening: $41.00!!!  
Here is how to do it: (I am going to give you the “how to” for the tall window size but you can change your dimensions for your needs)
Needs:
  • One white twin flat sheet from Wal-Mart. ($5.00)
  • Two blue (or the color you like) twin flat sheets from Wal-Mart ($5.00)
  • Invisible string.  ( I use this because you are sewing through two different colors)
  • A good ruler
  • A good pair of scissors
  • Sewing machine of course
  • Seam Ripper
Here is the type of sheets that I bought.  Target has some cheap sheets too.  Their brand is RE-style.
  1. Take the sheets out and iron.
  2. Figure out how long you want your curtains to be and how big you want your stripes to be.
    • A twin bed sheet is 96 inches long and 66 inches wide.  My window was thirty inches wide so I knew that I would just cut the sheet in half for two panels.  I wanted my curtains to be 85 inches long.
  3. Determine how you want the stripes to begin and end.  I wanted the top and bottom of the curtain to be navy.  That means I needed an odd number of total stripes with more of the navy fabric.  I did a little math and I decided that I wanted  11 – 7 .75 inch stripes. (6- Navy/ 5- White)
  4. Lay the sheet out flat.  On both white and colored sheets cut the seamed edges off the sides of the sheet. (sides only)
  5. On both sheets take a seam ripper and gently rip out the already sewn seam at what is known as the top of the bed sheet. This is the  4inch fold.  This will give you some more fabric for your curtain.  Keep the bottom seamed edge.  Iron out the folds from the seam you ripped out.
  6. Fold the width of the flat sheet in half  three times.  Be careful to make sure the edges at the top all  line up.  Pin them if you need to keep them together.  You should now have your sheet folded to about 12 inches wide.  (It should still be 100 inches long.  Don”t fold it in half where it makes the sheet shorter…you are cutting stripes along the width of the sheet not the length)  
  7. The first strip that you cut will be the curtains top.  Use the already seamed edge from the sheet…one less thing to sew.  Measure down 8inches (1/4 inch for seam to sew) from the top and mark with chalk.  Do this three times and line up the marks with your ruler and chalk.  Cut your first stripe on the line.  (This will make a 64 inch wide 8inch tall stripe)  Ignore my line above.  I was making the closet curtains when I took the pic.  Your mark should be 8 inches down.)
  8. Cut four more stripes from the blue. Since these are in the middle cut  8.25 inch stripes (this allows fourth inch on the top and bottom seam)  When you unfold these stripes you will have 64 inch stripes that are 8.25 inches tall)
  9. Cut your bottom strip the same way except it should be 9 inches tall because you will need extra inches to seam the bottom of the panel.
  10. Take your white sheet and cut the one seamed edge off the sheet.  (It now should have three side seams cut off and the top folded seam undone by your seam ripper.   Your length should be 64 inches wide and 100 inches long)
  11. Fold the white sheet the same way that you folded the colored sheet. (In half three times width wise)  Make sure the edges of the sheet are lined up.
  12. Measure with your ruler 8.25 inches from the top.  Mark three times with chalk and draw a line with your ruler.  Cut the stripe.
  13. Repeat this four more times.  You now should have 5 white stripes that are 64 inches wide and 8.25 inches tall.
  14. Stack your stripes in order from top to bottom.  The first stripe will be your 8 inch colored stripe with the sewn seam.  Alternate white and colored stripes.  End with the 9 inch colored stripe at the bottom.
  15. Start sewing your stripes together with a 1/4 inch seams.
  16. Once you have sewn all your pieces together, iron open all the seams.
  17. Iron your third flat sheet.  This sheet will line the curtain.  Cut the edges off the sides of the sheet.  Open up the 4inch seam on the top part of the sheet.
  18. To avoid ripping out another seam, at the top of the curtain panel I folded the top of the liner in 1/2 inch and heat bonded the folded edge to the top the curtain panel just under the seamed edge.
  19. Fold the sides of the curtain (panel and liner together) in 1/4 inch and then fold again 1/2 inch and pin. (ironing as you do this helps)  Sew the seams down both sides of the curtain.
  20. Lay the curtain flat.  The curtain should now be 62.5 inches wide.  Measure and mark the halfway point in the curtain panel.  (31.25 inches) all the way down.  Line up your marks with a ruler and draw a line.
  21. Cut down the middle of the curtain panel.  Now you have two curtain panels with stripes that line up!
  22. Fold both unseamed edge of the curtain in 1/4 inch and then in 1/2 inch and sew.
  23. Fold the bottom of both panels 1/4 inch and then another 1.4 inch.  Pin an sew.
Now you have two curtain panels.  I hung mine with clips.  You could buy a pillow case for $2.00 in the same color and sew tabs on the top or back of the curtain panel to slide it on a rod.
Here is how I hung my closet curtain.  (I used the same steps above with a white full sheet and a navy full sheet.  There was no lining so my closet curtains cost $16.00.   I bought a $3.00 curtain rod from Lowes like this one
I did not use the hardware it came with but screwed the curved part into the side of the  closet opening behind the piece of trip.  There was no hole.  I just made one.
I slid on the cheap clips from Wal-Mart and screwed the other side into the opposite side.  I clipped on the curtains and there you go!!!  $20.00 closet doors.
Hope this gives you an idea.  This project has many steps but literally took me about three hours while watch Pride and Prejudice.  It requires knowing how to sew a straight stitch.  Have fun!
Thanks for reading

Jennifer

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