When I was little, I would turn my room (or swing set, or back yard, or closet…) into a make-believe house of my own. I would imagine how I would decorate it, what the walls would be painted, even the type of stone that would be used for the exterior. (Seriously. I had problems I think.) Most of my ideas hatched from looking through my mother’s catalogs that would come in the mail and from the pretend bedding setups at J C Penny, Macy’s, & other department stores.
Cut to 20 something years later…
The other day, I somehow I found myself aimlessly wandering the maze-like “aisles” of Ikea. Some people cringe at this thought. I on the other hand, could spend days wandering around there. It is pretty much like a big kid version of Mindy’s House Obsessed Make Believe Game. I am THAT person that sits in the store model kitchen and imagines what a regular old Tuesday morning would be like in that very kitchen.
A few hours later, I was driving home with this set of curtains.
Ikea rocks my socks for so many reasons. The fact that they sell insanely long, pretty, stylish curtains (in pairs) for $25 is most definitely one of those reasons.
I had a plain white shower curtain and a plain white sailcloth curtain on the window.
I was over it. I wanted to use one of the curtains as a shower curtain or convert the pair into shorter curtains for the room. So I did both.
I hung one curtain on the shower rod and pinned where I wanted to hem it to. Took it upstairs to my lab (craft desk) and chopped off the remaining 15 or 16 inches. I sewed a straight line hem and that was done. I had a new snazzy shower curtain and a large left over scrap.
Since the pattern is pretty busy and the bathroom is pretty small, I decided against making curtains that cover the window. It would be too much. I didn’t want to leave the white one up. It seemed too heavy and a different style from what I had in mind. We have white blinds in there, so I though a small valance would do the trick.
I measured 12″ from the original hem of the fabric scrap and folded it over.
I pinned 2″ down the fold. This would create the pocket that the curtain rod would slip through.
Once I was pretty sure that the pins were even, I ironed the fold to make sewing easier.
Sew a straight line where the pins are. Not rocket science here ladies & gents 😉 Baby steps with my sewing machine. Baby steps.
Slip the curtain rod through the pocket, and voila!
You are Martha freakin Stewart! “Oh, this valance? No I didn’t buy it, I made it.” Tee Hee! Easy peasy.
There is also one remaining remarkably huge curtain left over. I already have something in the works. Muahahahah!
Do you ever use your scrap fabric or does it collect dust? Are you a repurposer like me? Do you know how to sew more than a straight line?!