I finished my drapes last night for the family room and kitchen. I found the fabric for $6/yd and it's silk! I was lucky that Joann's had just enough for this project. I used lightweight, inexpensive black out lining because I didn't want sheers.
The color of the silk isn't showing up true for some reason. The drapes aren't really gold, they're more of a neutralish brown.
The rods are from Ikea. The short ones were $6.99 and the long ones were $9.99.
If you're been thinking about making panels of your own but have been hesitant, don't be!! Here's a super, foolproof tutorial. I didn't use the twill tape, FYI. Didn't want to spend the extra time sewing it on. The only other thing I did differently was to add small pleats at the top to give the drapes a little more body.
Still need to do something with that back door but haven't decided exactly what yet. I don't want to block much light and it doesn't need to be functional.
And this is the valence I made for over the kitchen sink:
This is the Birdie Sling bag pattern by Amy Butler. I love how roomy it is. Plenty of space for diapers, wipes, a burp cloth, hooter hider, cell phone, wallet, and keys. It would also make an awesome pool/beach bag. I think I'll get lots of use from this baby.
I first fell in love with Ikea nine years ago when my freshman roomate at Wake Forest unpacked the cutest duvet cover I had ever seen. My top bunk bed was so sad in comparison. The following year we bought matchy matchy duvet covers for our dorm room. And let me tell you, it looked super cute.
My Iove affair didn't stop there. Oh, no friends. It didn't. Hubby and I have invested in desks, bookshelves, a cubby for the playroom, a rug for the dining room, craft storage boxes, frames, curtain rods, candles, plates, and wine glasses over the last five years. That's a lot of Ikea. We've been impressed with the price:quality relationship. Our desks look new and they have half a decade worth of wear. Especially mine which is used entirely for crafting.
Dear Ikea, here is a list of things I love about you:
1. Your divinely engineered carts that turn on a dime. Why can't my grocery store drink your magic shopping cart juice?
2. $6.99 sleek black curtain rods with finials. I just hung them in my family room and they look great.
3. Cute and cheap $2.99 fabric by the yard.
4. Easiest assembly ever. No words, just pictures. Glorious.
It turned out sweet and girly and I sure love the fabric. If you're in the mood to shirr, then this is a great pattern. It's simple to follow and only has four pieces.
I have fabric to make Kate a coordinating Evelyn skirt. By the time I'm finished, you'll be able to spot her from a mile away . I love sewing for little ones because it doesn't take much fabric or time.
Anyway, there won't be any crafting for this lady tonight. I am
going to go to the grocery store alone so I don't have to bring two little
"helpers" with me.
Last night my beloved Sassy and I took a trip to my girlfriend Kristin's house for some communal sewing.
Here's what I made:
Shirring make me happy. It's just so feminine and sweet. I'll be making more dresses for birthday gifts and for my girls.
This dress is fab because it can be worn alone, with leggings or jeans, or under a t-shirt or turtleneck. Talk about versatile! It's a great wardrobe staple because when the dress gets too short, it instantly becomes a fashionable shirt! I know you moms appreciate getting two plus years of wearage. Mmhmm, "wearage." Yes, I'm well aware it's not a real word. But it should be. It makes sense and is fun to say. Wearage. Wearage. Wearage.
If you want a shirred dress of your own, Kristin is selling these darling dresses for $35-$50. I assure you they are terrific quality! And you'll love her fabric selection. You can contact her at kristinchambers79(at)gmail.com. Happy shopping!
And just because I think she's super adorable and it's her 11 week birthday today, here's Miss Sara Paige: