Yay! The curtains are hung! I can’t believe it!! I have to admit, I was a little nervous that the huge hunk of fabric I bought was actually going to turn into curtains that I could hang in my living room, but they did. Magical. Here is how my little fabric turned into my favorite living room curtains:
I went to the fabric store and had them cut my fabric into 4 panels of 90″ each. They weren’t totally sure at first if there was going to be enough fabric in the store, but there was. PHEW!
Once I got it home, my mother-in-law and I ironed my seams in so I could sew right down the sides without getting pricked by pins. Whenever there is a sharp object, I normally get jabbed, poked, or sliced. Currently, I have about 3 wounds on my hands from cooking, crafting, and just living.
Then the sewing began. It was slow-going at first because I was so nervous. The sewing didn’t have to be anything fancy- just straight. It took a little while just to get the sides hemmed, but once I finished all four panels I was feeling a bit more confident.
Once the sides were complete, I had to work on the tops. Matt had a great idea to use grommets to hang the curtains, and once I looked into the option, I started to really like the way it looked. So, I bought 4 packages of grommets (plus the how-to brochure) and started measuring. There is a four-inch hem at the top of each panel, and the grommets are an inch and a half below the top of the curtain. More ironing, and tucking, and sewing. This was the most action my iron has received since I got it as a wedding present about 4 1/2 years ago! It works quite nicely.
Matt got the hard job- measuring so each grommet was spaced exactly the same distance from the next grommet and exactly the same distance from the top. Luckily, he loves measuring so it worked out great. He measured and traced the inside of the grommet so I knew where to cut the fabric. This was the hardest part for me! After all this work, I did NOT want to cut any of the fabric! But once I warmed up to the idea, I was fine.
We finished all the grommets in one sitting that night. It felt great to have that part of the project completed!
Then I had this genius idea to hang the curtains before I hemmed the bottoms. That way I could put the rod where I wanted and just hem the curtains to the exact length I wanted. It didn’t work out quite the way I planned. We drilled the curtain rod into our freshly painted walls, hung the curtains, and then realized that even without being hemmed, they were too short! So, Matt took it all down, spackled the holes, sanded it down, re-painted, and then drilled new holes. (Thanks, hun!) This time I hemmed them first (just a half-inch on all the panels) and measured where the rods should be based on the final length of the panels. I suppose that was what we should have done at first, but this is a learning experience, right?
Now we have both sets hung in our living room and I am feeling cozier by the minute! I love seeing them in the morning, when I get home from work, right before I go to bed….. all the time! LOVE THEM!