So, you know that I've been slip covering our couches. The larger one is done and I'm making good progress on the smaller one. But, I also had on my list to do something different for curtains at our window in the living room. The shears I had were never really what I thought and I was really hoping to replace them as part of my project.
But, I haven't known exactly what I was looking for. I've scoured stores and on-line for ready-made curtains. Nothing was jumping out at me. I have looked at tons of fabric options too - and recently when I was near a JoAnn's - I looked at fabric samples there.
I checked out four samples to bring home and draped them over the blinds so I could see them in the living room in different light and decide what I thought might work the best - if any of those options. After a day or so, I was really leaning toward this fabric.
And as one day turned into two and three - I was more and more sure that this was the right choice. But, and this is huge - did you see how much it was per yard. Go ahead, go back and click the link. I'll wait.
Are you back? Did you pass out?! $50 a yard? Even if it were half off - I needed 8 yards to do curtains and pillows. And, did I mention it would also need lining? I was planning to get a cheap sheet at a thrift store for that - but still, talk about expensive.
So, I basically just thought I'd have to save up for a while to do that or find something comparable and I had no idea where or what that would be.
Just a day or two later - I was helping at a yard sale for our CC community. And, a fellow mom brought in several big trash bags for her donation. As I was helping go through the incoming items - I could not believe what I saw...
A bed skirt and at least one curtain valance that looked almost exactly like the fabric I had in mind. Really? I asked what they were going to price it at and then gladly paid the $3 to take a risk and see if I could make this work.
Everything was all bagged and taped up, so I honestly did not really know what I was getting for $3 and a bed skirt is iffy since the fabric is only small sections not big pieces. At any rate, I figured it was a risk that I was willing to take.
When I got home, I plopped the bag on the floor and promptly took a nap! But, when I woke up - I was ready to explore the contents of the bag and see if it would be even remotely possible to make curtains out of what was there.
First of all - check out this side by side of the fabric that was $50/yard and the $3 bag - JoAnn's fabric is on the left:
There was a twin bed skirt in the bag - but right away I could see that would be tricky. I'd have to piece a lot of strips to make it work and wouldn't that look funny? Then, I pulled out whatever else there was and it turned out to be an unusual window topper of some sort and two valances. The valances were kind of funny shaped - but they were long!
So, I just turned the valance sideways (so the horizontal part was running vertically) and draped it over my curtain rod to see if it would possibly work. Yes! It looked like it might - I ran two quick lines of stitching to make a casing for the rod and cut off the funny shaped part. Then, I hung it up to see and (gasp) it worked!
Oh, did I mention the valances were already lined?
In no more than 15 minutes, I had sewn the four little seams and tossed everything in the wash. That evening, my new curtains were washed and freshly hung. Not only did it save me a TON of money but think of the time it would've taken for me to line and make these from scratch.
Wow - that is beauty!!!!