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Saturday, October 6, 2012

Simple Chevron Curtains


     Are you over the whole chevron craze yet? Not me, I'm in love! I'm trying to be judicious in my use of the chevron in my house so that I stay in love with it. My husband says it reminds him of Charlie Brown {remember his yellow shirt with the chevron stripe?}. Nope, it still doesn't ruin it for me! Check out http://www.terrysfabrics.co.uk/ for more fabric/curtain ideas.

     When I found that aqua chevron fabric at Hobby Lobby a month or two ago I was smitten and made a few things with it.







     Since I loved how these projects turned out I decided to use this fabric to make some curtain panels in the kitchen. Be forewarned, I haven't gotten the hang of taking pictures of windows so that you can actually see what's inside the house. I am sure half of the problem is my camera, but whatever. Lets move along!


     Here's the 'without' pic.

     And here's the after:



      These are just your basic, straight sewing curtains. I sew visually, not technically, so you sewers who know what you're doing may cringe a bit. Here's my method.

     I wanted my panels lined because we need some light control here. {The sun pours in this window about the time I'm making dinner}. I used an old white sheet so I didn't have to purchase any fabric.

     The best thing to do before measuring is to iron your panels then pin them together.


     Fold your edges on the sides and on the bottom. Pin and then sew.



     Save the top for last!

     Once you finish the sides and bottom, lay your panels together so that they are lined up and fold down the top to sew your rod pocket. You want to make sure that they are even here so that when they hang they hang the same length.


     Here I eyeball where my my seams should go, checking with my rod to make sure it will fit. I folded down the top and I'm going to sew two rows for the rod pocket. If you sew only one row you won't end up with the bit of gathered "fringe" on the top. 

   Stitch her up and then you're done! I love how the panels soften up the window and add more warmth to the kitchen space.




     Just in case you were wondering, I use the little egg cups to hold my rings when I'm cleaning or kneading dough, their perfect for this! The bamboo shoots came from IKEA and fit perfectly in vintage honey jars. An old lettuce leaf plate corrals sponges, and I much prefer using bathroom soap dispensers in the kitchen to dress things up a bit.






I use fancy oil bottles from Hobby Lobby for my dish soap.





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22 comments:

  1. These turned out darling! I love the blue chevron and I love the idea of using fancy bottles for dish soap :)

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  2. Super cute!! The colors and pattern go so fabulously with your kitchen! Love them.

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  3. Great fabric. I love the color and the pattern. It's one of my favorites. Thanks for sharing at DIYbyDesign.

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  4. ooh I didn't know Hobby Lobby had chevron fabric! must go now! love all the ways you used it.

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  5. They turned out great! Everything looks so lovely. Thank you for sharing. Visiting from Housewives. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2012/10/make-it-pretty-monday-week-18.html Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  6. So neat, I love how they look with the shade too! You did a great job! I'm visiting from Stuff and Nonsense!

    Rondell

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  7. Your house is gorgeous.

    I love this!

    I'd love to have you link up at my Weekend party!

    http://westernwarmth.blogspot.com/2012/10/weekend-warmth-5.html

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  8. So cute! Love the fabric you chose...I'm a sucker for chevron! I'd be thrilled if you'd share this at my weekend party if you get a minute!
    http://www.oneartsymama.com/2012/10/shine-on-fridays-49.html

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  9. Love that chevron fabric!! Super cute and creative!! I would love for you to come link up to my Get Social link party and show off your blog! http://alivedinhome.blogspot.com/2012/10/get-social-sunday_14.html

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  10. I love chevron and so jealous that you can sew and I can't!

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  11. Great looking curtains Jody. Thanks for linking up at Shabbilicious Friday this week.

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  12. Love the curtains... one of my favorite patterns! In fact, it's the same pattern on my blog background. :) Your kitchen is sooo cute! I spent some time looking at your kitchen reveal and it looks fantastic! I'm one of your newest followers and found you at Stuff & Nonsense.

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  13. So pretty! Your kitchen layout is nearly identical to mine, so I'm stealing ideas left and right!

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  14. Really a very good information on the chevron curtains topic.

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  15. I love these aqua chevron curtains! I will definitely apply some of your kitchen decor into my condo for rent salcedo village .

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  16. I could really use these designs in my house! I just can’t wait for my papers in mortgage lenders in massachusetts to be done, so that I could start revamping my house.

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  17. The bamboo shoots gave your kitchen a refreshing ambiance. After we have finished fixing the water leak in our kitchen sink, we’ll definitely renovate our kitchen and include bamboo shoots in it.

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  18. It looks very nice. I wish I had the time to do some DIY stuff in our home too.

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  19. I'm not good at sewing but I think this is an easy job for me, thanks for sharing this tutorial. By the way, you've got a lovely kitchen!

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  20. I so like your kitchen, very neat in white. I used to sew also, though I do handmade curtains. Seeing the results of your curtains, this makes me want to go and grab a sewing machine online. How much do you think would it cost me?

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  21. I guess the chevron-designed curtains work great. They accentuate the windows perfectly, giving it a lively frame. Did you also do this for the other windows in your house?

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  22. A smart Velcro curtain is the secret! Well, I don't like the sound of the driller, so I think this would work on my windows. I'm just thinking what kind of fabric to use.

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