I’m so not a seamstress. Not even close!
I can (usually) sew a straight line, but don’t expect much more than that.
I had been looking for a valance for the kitchen since we moved in a couple of years ago. However, I couldn’t find anything I really liked and, of course, I didn’t want to spend much at all. So, when I found a dust ruffle at Goodwill with the right colors for only $2.50, I thought “if I screw it up I’m only out $2.50, if not I’ll have a curtain for only $2.50!”
A dust ruffle already has 3 finished sides and I had expected to use the two longer sides for the kitchen windows, but ended up only using one. To begin, I used a seam ripper and removed one of the long sides from the center panel. It took longer than I expected and my hand was feeling a bit cramped, but it wasn’t a difficult task. (I finished separating the rest of the sides and I’m saving those pieces and the center panel to use in later projects I might find to do.)
After I finished removing the side from the center panel, I ironed the panel out smooth.
Then I turned the unfinished side over and sewed a straight hem.
I decided to hang the curtains from clips for a more casual look. At first I only bought one set of clips, but after getting the curtain up I realized I needed two sets for such a long window. I found the clips at Bed, Bath, and Beyond for $7.99 for a packet of 7. With the first set I used a 20% off coupon, but I really scored on the second set! Between the weather and schedules, I didn’t get back to the store for a couple of weeks (which was driving me crazy because I wanted to finish the project!). But it was so worth the wait!! There was a promo for 40% off which I didn’t realize till I was checking out and I had another 20% off coupon. I got those suckers for $2.53!! Ok, I admit, little things thrill me these days!
The curtain rod we purchased at IKEA awhile back and it’s been hanging up there empty for I don’t remember how long. It’s been so long that I can’t remember exactly how much we paid, but it was either $6 or $8 (rod, brackets, end caps, everything). Have I ever mentioned how much I love IKEA?!
So, for less than $20 I ended up with the whole shebang!
Next week, I’m going to tell you about that chandelier hanging there….
Living thru faith,