Take a minute to absorb that.
Now, let's say it again. I, the least domestic of all domestics - she who cannot reliably use a toaster without risk of fire - learned to sew.
This is related to the mudroom curtains. I has planned a no-sew approach. I had some no-sew tutorials around and whatnot. And the demo panel I did, here, was no-sew. It was iron-on hem tape. And it was a pain in the ass. And just not sexy. One side was sewn (the existing edge of the West Elm curtain panels I was re-purposing) and the hem-tape edge (on the right) was just kind of not cutting it.
I posted that picture on April 19th. Then, as you may remember, I was felled by a long illness. The kind where my ironing board and hem tape and West Elm curtain panel remnants sat in the middle of my living room for weeks. Weeks. ANd then I managed to muster the strength to put them away in a closet. Not to finis the job, mind you, but to at least pretend I was a normal functioning adult who puts shit away.
Pretend is the key word. It honestly took me 6 weeks to feel semi-normal. I went back to the gym 8 weeks post pneumonia. And then I did some yard work and took some additional naps. But, then...then I was finally re-bitten by the get-shit-done bug and I was even compelled to SEW. I had this mini, micro super-beginner sewing machine that was brand new in the box. Why did I have this? Long story, but it was given to me by someone moving away. And now I was determined to learn to use it. I went for thread, sat down in the guest room and figured that thing out. Took me about an hour to thread it and practice it and then? Bang. 2 hours later I had sewn 5 panels. I did the 3 remaining the next day.
I rocked it.
It was easy.
And I'm delighted with the result. But, before I reveal it (this project took me 4 months, the least you can do is play along and read a long post about it), I'll tell you how it was done.
1) I measured the windows and cut the existing curtains horizontally into strips, leaving 4" extra on each cut. The existing panels had 2" hems on the top and bottom, and that's how I decided on the 4" extra- 2" each edge, so I could re-use their factory sewing on a few cuts and save some effort (on the strips at top and bottom I left 2" on the one cut I made).
2) I cut the 7 panels out.
3) I folded the 2 edges, leaving 2" overlap on each side, and ironed them down.
4) The existing side hem of the curtain panels (about 1 centimeter) became my top and bottom hems, the 2" hems were my "sides."
5) I used a ruler and a colored pencil to lightly mark my "sew here" line.
6) I sewed along that line.
7) Then I hung the resulting rectangles over tension rods, you can't see it here too well, but it's 2-ply, hanging so middle is over the rod and the 2 thin hems meet at the bottom:
8) Then I pinched both front and back pieces, about 6" up from the 2 loose ends, and took that fold up about 5".
9 ) Then I put a safety pin in where my index finger was:
Not impressed yet? Here:
Oh, and because I'm so in love, I went back and took more pictures later in the day.
And, as one last tooting of my own horn, I will show you the before:
Oh, and the inspiration photo.