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No Sew Curtains

15 February, 2013
No Sew Curtains
sewing school
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That’s where I need to be.
Sewing school.
For now…I will just continue to cheat my way into pretending like I am a little miss susie homemaker.
Did you all have a happy love day?  I remember back before I was married, how I used to celebrate being single.  Aaahhh…the memories.
Is it weird that I would buy myself flowers?
Hope not…because I still do!!
I usually leave our Vday celebration up to my love, but this year I told him that I wanted to plan the evening.  It ended up being one of the most low key, relaxing evenings ever and we loved it.
We were not allowed to use our phones, computers, or turn on the television.  I thought Craig was gonna poop is pants when I told him!  We then enjoyed a home cooked meal, a fire pit, our devotional, and a little pool.
How comfy does this guy look?
Notice anything strange about this envelope?
Who the heck is “LUSIA”?
HA!
On to the topic at hand.  I follow Young House Love (who doesn’t?) and they recently posted about hanging some curtains using the no sew method.  When I saw how easy it was…I was enamored.  How did I not even know this magical  hem tape existed?  At that moment, I declared an emergency visit to Joann’s/Micheal’s/Hobby Lobby/Home Decor Mart.
What?
Once I finally decided on my fabric of choice, my next plan of action was to decide on the placement of my future curtains.
I visited my personal decorator (Houzz) and got some ideas.
Bear with me as I attempt to explain my thought process.  The first two photos show curtains hung just above the doors.
(P.S. the curtains I am making are for french doors.)
I’m not a big fan of this look.  It seems to make everything seem bunched together.
The next two photos show curtains hung at ceiling height.  This is the look that I prefer.  It really opens up the area and makes it look more grand.
This next pic seems to have gotten awkwardly confused with the rod kind of in the middle…but not really.
This is how my dining room looks.
*slaps forehead*
I was looking for a fabric with the color coral in it.  Not easy.  Plus…there are so many different shades.  Finally, after much deliberation, (I know…the decisions I have to make…so life altering)  I decided on this one from Joann’s.  One thing that I learned…
…fabric is stinkin’ expensive!
Sheesh.
Thank goodness for the Joann’s app with the 40% coupon…woop!
Actually, I looked this fabric up today to get the name of it and it is now 50% off.
Waawaawaaaahhhh.
The magical tape.
I’m not going to go into great detail on how to measure for curtains.
Somewhat because it all depends on how you prefer to hang them, but mostly because I messed up while measuring mine.
Oops.
Even though there are about a million tutorials out there already, I’m going to go ahead and show you how this amazing event went down.
I got this party started by folding the fabric in half so that I could make a nice even cut for both panels.
Clearly…Bella is a fan.
After following the directions on hem tape is when the magic began to happen.
no sew Collage
Amazing right?
Or is it kind of sad that I am getting so excited over this?
It took me about 40 minutes to do the first panel, but then after getting the hang of it, the second panel only took 30.
Next, the joy of hanging the rod.  I just hate all the measuring and marking and dropping the screw when your at the top of your ladder.
Gaaah.
Once the rods were in place, all that I had to do was hang the curtains with these ring clips.  (Another amazing invention.)
Finally…I could step back and admire my work!
Wait…
curtain mistake Collage
So…my plan failed.  I only wanted a couple of inches of wall showing at the top and didn’t take into account the space that the rings provided.
Know what that means?
Yep.
Have to redo the dang rods.
Oh well.
It got done and it was worth it.  Very pleased with how they turned out and super excited that the craft room is almost finished!
So…until I do learn to sew…and I will…I am a fan of this method.
It really was super easy…I could probably train Bella to do it.
Kidding.
Hardy har har.
Okay…that’s enough.
So…do you like me curtains?
Have ye tried this technique?
Why am I speaking with an Irish dialect?
signew
I often share at these great blogs…
SUNDAYDIY Project Parade @DIY Showoff
Overflowing With Creativity @It’s Overflowing
Think Pink Sunday @Flamingo Toes
Nifty Thrifty Sunday @Nifty Thrifty Things
MONDAYMotivate Me Monday @ Keeping It Simple Crafts
Mod Mix Monday @ Mod Vintage Life
Make It Pretty Monday @ The Dedicated House
Metamorphosis Monday @ Between Naps On The Porch
Tutorial and Tips @ Home Stories A to Z

Make The Scene Monday @ Alderberry Hill
TUESDAYTuesdays Treasures @ Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Tweak It Tuesday @ Cozy Little House
From Dream to Reality @ The DIY Dreamer
WEDNESDAYWow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style
A Little Birdie Told Me Link Party @ The Life of Jennifer Dawn
Lil’ Luna Link Party @ Lil’ Luna
Whatever Goes Wednesday @ Someday Crafts
Whimsy Wednesday
THURSDAYHookin’ Up With House of Hepworths @ The House Of Hepworths
A Crafty Soiree @ Yesterday on Tuesday
Blog Link Party @ Somewhat Simple
The 36th Avenue Party Time @ 36th Avenue
Craftberry Bush Linky Party @ Craftberry Bush
Party With Me, Liz Marie 
FRIDAYWeekend Bloggy Reading @ Serenity Now Blog
Home Sweet Home @ The Charm of Home
Inspiration Friday @ At The Picket Fence
Fabulously Creative Friday @ Jennifer Rizzo
Feathered Nest Friday @ The French Country Cottage
Weekend Wrap Up Party @ Tatertots and Jello
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest
Happy Hour Friday @ Happy Hour Projects
Lovely Crafty Weekend @ Lovely Crafty Home
SATURDAYShow and Tell Saturday @ Be Different Act Normal
How to Tuesdays @ Housewife How Tos

Comments

Craig Chandler
02/15/2013 10:40am

nice job!!!!

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Luisa
02/15/2013 10:49am

You are sweet :-)

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Deb D.
02/15/2013 4:10pm

Luisa, they look terrific…very professional!! There is also a way to use the clip-on rings by attaching to the backside of the fabric a few inches down from the top edge. This creates a pleated look, but the rings don’t show at all. Different look, but you wouldn’t have had to move your rod up. Great job…I love DIY blogs!!!

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02/18/2013 12:36am

I was just going to suggest the same thing! House of Hepworth’s has a tutorial: http://www.houseofhepworths.com/2011/10/11/how-to-make-a-cheap-awesome-professional-curtain-rod/

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Luisa
02/18/2013 11:34am

Thanks for the tips you guys!

This looks fantastic, and I love that it’s no-sew! Like you, I prefer ceiling-height curtains. Yours looks absolutely stunning… and your husband looks utterly relaxed in that photo!

I’d love if you’d come join my How To Tuesday link party, too.
http://housewifehowtos.com/link-party-2/how-to-tuesday-link-party-9/

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Luisa
02/26/2013 10:20am

So glad that you liked and thank you for the invite!

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02/19/2013 5:39pm

Oh man – they look fantastic!! I LOVE that pattern. And anything no-sew – I’m so game for. And I’m also the biggest fan of curtains that go up to the ceiling. They always look so beautiful. Changed my life when I read a post on the Nester and she talked about doing that. I did it with the next set of curtains I bought and I fell in love with the way they made our room look.

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Luisa
02/20/2013 9:22pm

Woohoo! Glad you like them :-)

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02/19/2013 9:50pm

I came over to check out the cute dog,,,,,is it a poodle? I love poodles, I have 4. In any case he is cute. Oh and the curtains are cute too (smile)
Janice

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Luisa
02/20/2013 9:20pm

Hi Janice,
She is a bichon-poo and we also have a mini poodle. The hubby wants a labradoodle…but not sure if I could handle another! They really are the best! :-) How do you manage 4 poodles? Wish we could. Thanks for stopping by!

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02/25/2013 1:28pm

hehehe LUISA!!!

LOVE LOVE LOVE the curtains! I’m glad I’m not the only one who used heat-bond! I pinned!! :)

Thanks for linking up at The DIY Dreamer… From Dream To Reality! See you tomorrow evening! :)

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Luisa
02/26/2013 10:22am

Woohoo! Super glad you liked and thank you so much for pinning and for the sweet comment! :-)

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  • Reply pam 26 December, 2013 at 2:22 am

    Luisa, you’re such a fun nut! And btw, I too am somewhat ‘sewing challenged’ and I have found a wonderful helper on youtube. She posts as craftygemini and has some very helpful tutorials. There’s just something about the way she explains things that I find easy to follow., plus of course you can watch each step. Maybe she can help you too. I hope you got the curtains the way you wanted them, lol. And yes, your husband looks absurdly comfy-cozy, lol! I bet that was a good night. ;o)

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