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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 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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