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ImageTrish
Feb 1, 2010 8:30 PM CST
Name: Trish Whitinger
Jacksonville, TX
Helper and Wife of the Cubit Master
One of my greatest pleasures is creating things for my home. I don't get to do it nearly as often as I would like, but it is a joy when I do.

Come, let's inspire one another!
My little spot
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ImageJumper2
Feb 3, 2010 7:11 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Huron, OH
Hi Trish. Thanks for the new sites. It'll be very inspiring.
ImageSofonisba
Feb 3, 2010 9:48 PM CST
Name: Harper
NY - zone 6a
I never liked curtains because the light that comes in is so valuable to me. However, I live on such a busy street, I started feeling paranoid with no curtains, so I made some sheer ones. Never mind that there's no hem!

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ImageSharon
Feb 3, 2010 10:04 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Wo cares about hems, Sof!
And I only have sheers, too. Cannot deal with curtains.
ImageTrish
Feb 3, 2010 10:10 PM CST
Name: Trish Whitinger
Jacksonville, TX
Helper and Wife of the Cubit Master
If you didn't tell me, I'd never know.

Very nice!
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ImageSofonisba
Feb 3, 2010 10:18 PM CST
Name: Harper
NY - zone 6a
Thanks! They were easy-shmeasy. Just casement curtains. I used to make balloon shades with valances and all... used to.
ImageSugarweed
Feb 3, 2010 11:57 PM CST
Name: Sidney, Zone 9A and 9B
Okeechobee, Fl
Giving Audubon Sanct. Tours Soon.
Well, clothes were so inexpensive I couldn't sew them for even close to what they cost.
However I found out 40 years ago the value of sewing for my home.
We moved so often I quickly learned to make curtains ample becase the next house might have twice the windows.
As time passed I found that good quality sheets purchased at sheet outlets made great washable slipcovers and curtains. Piping made them look like they came that way. (I made that too.)
I even covered some walls in one apt. with sheets.
The most amazing thing was how many men were impressed.
They were asking me to show their wives how I did that.
As most of the fabric making has sailed away from the US it is not as easy to find good sheet outlet values any more.
You can still rack up at 75% off with the brand name stores like Belk's, Dillards, Sears, etc.
One major place you can save is on sewing pillow cases. Make them from a quality cotton or a twin flat sheet that goes with your sheets
At one time I made slip covers for a sofa and love seat and the original owners wanted them back.
The dollar rack at Walmart is also a great place for window treatments.
I often purchase whole bolts there when I find those with potential.
Fuller gathers look more lush than skimpy ones.
A bed skirt I made for a queen size bed has 25 yds of skirt with 75 yds of ruffle.
This was all done when I had access to a real outlet for a factory.
I purchased bolts and bolts of different trims for reasonable prices.
I always felt guilty for my fabric stash until recently.
All the fabrics I purchased on ebay 2 years ago are now $2 more a yard.
What do Ya' know?
I made an investment!
Shine
The difference between adventure and adversity is attitude. Be positive, be happy.
ImageSharon
Feb 4, 2010 1:46 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
You sure did, Shine...an investment.

When I upholstered the love seat shown in the other thread, I knew I could not have piped edges, not enough fabric. That's about all that bothered me, except I also couldn't match the fabric. But it's all I had and so I made do. I found the fabric at a little outlet in Clarksville, TN. When I went back to get more, they were all sold out, imagine that. Of course it had probably been two years or more since I bought it. And at that time, I was only thinking of covering a chair. Anyway...I call it my temporary loveseat cover. It works.
ImageJumper2
Feb 4, 2010 11:57 AM CST
Name: Lucy
Huron, OH
My windows are pretty large, so I made my own curtains. I have done pinch pleat ones, but I prefer rod pocket. So much easier.
ImageSofonisba
Feb 4, 2010 1:10 PM CST
Name: Harper
NY - zone 6a
Yeah, that's what I meant. Rod pocket. Casement are the windows! Ha ha ha... *Blush*
ImageTrish
Feb 4, 2010 1:18 PM CST
Name: Trish Whitinger
Jacksonville, TX
Helper and Wife of the Cubit Master
Sof- when things slow down a bit for me, I'm gonna pick your brain with curtain issues that I'm having!
My little spot
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ImageSofonisba
Feb 4, 2010 2:45 PM CST
Name: Harper
NY - zone 6a
Trish, I'm no good for that. My brain's all fizzled out. I used to make those fancy curtains back in the 80s when I was still in college. I don't remember them being very difficult though. You could do balloons or romans easy.
ImageRoadrunner
Feb 6, 2010 5:31 PM CST
Name: Jo Miklovic
Hereford, AZ

Here is a roman shade my DD and I made for DGGS room...used a piece of denium...backed it with an old sheet.

His room faced the morning sun...which can be very hot here in Arizona. Jo

Thumbnail by Roadrunner

ImageSharon
Feb 6, 2010 5:41 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
That's a good idea, Jo. I have a huge window/door area that faces southwest, and during summers the afternoon soon blazes in. Not as bad as in your area, I know, but even so, it's sometimes sweltering.
Hadn't thought of lined denim...hmmmmmm.
ImageSugarweed
Feb 6, 2010 8:37 PM CST
Name: Sidney, Zone 9A and 9B
Okeechobee, Fl
Giving Audubon Sanct. Tours Soon.
Trish,
I would be tickled to help you with your curtain issues.
I love to make curtains.
I like them full and have made more curtains than anything else.
;)
The difference between adventure and adversity is attitude. Be positive, be happy.
ImageRoadrunner
Feb 7, 2010 8:35 AM CST
Name: Jo Miklovic
Hereford, AZ

That Roman Shade helped my teenaged DGS sleen in when the sun came up so early in the morning. J
ImageSugarweed
Feb 7, 2010 9:07 AM CST
Name: Sidney, Zone 9A and 9B
Okeechobee, Fl
Giving Audubon Sanct. Tours Soon.
I made a r.oman shade for an adobe house in Albuquerque many years ago.
It was for a drafty bedroom.
I lined it with a remnant of faux fur and it sealed that window in the winter.
In the summer they stored the roman shade.
It was replaced with a tension rod and gathered panels that covered the bottom two thirds.
;)
The difference between adventure and adversity is attitude. Be positive, be happy.
psychw2
Feb 7, 2010 9:15 AM CST
Name: Pat Hull
Othello, WA
I've made quite a few curtains. I am one of those people that can't find what they want.... or find something "close" and have to customize it to make it work for me.

We just moved into a house and have LOTS of work to do here. Curtains are on the list, the mini blinds will have to do for now.
ImageSharon
Feb 7, 2010 9:58 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
And that's my problem too, Psych, I envision what I want then try to find the vision. It never works.

I hope you'll share with us what you do in your new home.

Right now I have some 'make do store bought panels' for a huge triple paned sliding door that is so outdated, but to replace it the way I want is dauntingly expensive. So I think I'll stitch the panels together as needed and let them hang for a while. And while they're hanging there, I hope I'll find inspiration here.
ImagebarefootT
Feb 8, 2010 9:19 PM CST
Name: thunder
central florida
Proud Army Mom Proud Navy Mom
Hiya Doc!! great to see you here Hurray!
♥♥Happy Stitchin'♥♥
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