Okay, sorry for the awkward long break…lots of things going on here at Casa Domestic Imperfection! Exciting news…we are we are almost finished finalizing plans for the new house and will be breaking ground much sooner than we thought. Yay! (and holy stressful!). I can’t wait to talk about all of it, but first let me get out these last three posts about the boy’s room and then we will talk new house stuff. (If you’re wondering what the heck I’m talking about, you can read HERE, HERE and HERE).
So, way back when I wrote a post about missing out on TWO perfect sets of bedding for the boy’s cowboy room because I have a hard time buying things that aren’t on sale. Well, I have awesome readers, because y’all did what I wasn’t able…hunted down the EXACT discontinued european bedding I was looking for.
Then as icing on the cake, it was on clearance AND shipping was only like $15 from overseas. I was sold and bought two, one for each bunk. They only had twin sizes (I have a twin and a full), but I figured I’d make it work.
I guess I wasn’t paying much attention when I ordered (I was pretty excited), because I was under the impression I was getting comforters. What I got was duvet covers, which is just two pieces of fabric sewn together (and I didn’t even like the back).
So I decided to cut my losses, separate those two suckers, and make curtains instead.
Now I had already made a set of curtains for this room…..
…but they just weren’t working. They were too thin and needed to be lined, plus I had bought red comforters for the bunks a few months ago (after I gave up on cowboy bedding) and red curtains and the red comforters on the bunks was just too much red. It’s my least favorite color and I just couldn’t handle it.
Cowboy curtains on a nice white background sounded great though, and since this fabric had quickly turned into the most expensive fabric I have ever bought I decided to make them legit and line them.
Here is how I ended up doing it, they turned out really well (if I may so so myself).
First step – Wash. Dry. Iron. I know, I wasn’t happy about it either. I’ve skipped this step before though and severely regretted it when my curtains came out of the wash nearly a foot shorter than when they went in. Never again.
The twin size fabric was too short for curtains, so I added some solid green fabric to the bottom first. I think they wold have looked better without the green, but it is what it is.
Next I ironed the edges. You are going to want to fold the fabric over about half and inch, iron, and repeat. This will give you a nice clean edge with no fraying. Do this on both long sides of your fabric.
For the top, you want to fold over and iron about half an inch, then fold it over about three inches and iron. (don’t do anything to the bottom of the curtain).
If you are making rod pocket curtains this is where the rod will go, and if you are putting them on rings (like me) you will want the extra support.
After you finish ironing, don’t sew anything. Instead lay the fabric out flat and grab your liner. I used a plan flat sheet from Walmart.
The twin size is only $5 (though I had to buy a full because I couldn’t find any twins in stock).
Also, don’t forget to wash, dry, and iron the liner (and don’t shoot the messenger).
So what you’re going to do is lay your liner on top of your curtain, tucking it all the way under the left edge and top edge, pinning as you go.
Then sew the liner into place.
Then lay your fabric out again, it should look like this…
Try your best to get the liner flat and wrinkle free (this is harder than it sounds) and cut it along the right side.
Then tuck it under, pin it, and run it through the machine again.
It was at this point that I think I got excited about finishing and forgot to take any other pictures. I happen to have many old pictures for other curtain making endeavors, so we’re all good.
Next you are going to want to hang your curtains up. I like to use clips to make a fancy back-tab look without actually having to sew back tabs…
After your curtains are hung, pin the bottoms up so they are just touching the floor.
Then hem the bottom. You can take them down, hem them, and hang them back up again….or you can hem then while they are hanging. Whatever floats your boat.
I’ve made quite a few curtains in my day, and this was my first time to ever line them. Honestly, it makes a big difference…these are by far the nicest. They also took the longest to make, so it’s a trade-off.
Another advantage of the new curtains is that it no longer looks like Hades in my boy’s room with the curtains closed.
Always a good thing, right?
On a side note, Happy Mothers Day to all you mothers out there! And big thank you to these three little guys for making me a mother out of me.