Monday, April 4, 2011

New Curtains

I've had the same cheap, plain white tab-topped curtains hanging in our living room for about two years--since Miss C. broke the blinds.  I couldn't find anything I loved when I began the search, and they were still up two years later.  Our living room has very few decorations due to our three mini-destroyers so I decided I wanted curtains that had a bold pattern.

I came across this fabulous tutorial from Melanie at The Crafty Cupboard a couple months ago and saved it until I was ready to make my own curtains.  Her directions were great, and I was so happy with the results.  I even pulled out my info on how to do a blind hem and relearned how to do it.

While shopping at Ikea last week, I saw this fabric and thought it would be fun.  I love the color orange and wanted something with a bit of orange to match my photography prints I have framed in our living room.  I bought 4.5 yds and headed home.

I also made several new pillow covers to match.  These are all super simple designs, and I didn't do any quilting.  They are lined, and I did do piping just to add something extra. 

I lined my curtains with the old white curtains.  It worked great, and I didn't have to buy new fabric for the lining.

I made a blue pillow to mix it up a bit, but I'm not sure how I feel about it.  It's matches my blue, monochromatic quilt for the Modern Quilt Guild challenge.  The pillow is here on a trial basis.  These are my macro photography prints I took a few years ago.  I love having them in our living room, and I love the orange.

Mini-destroyer #2 helping out with the photo shoot. 


  1. Love the munchkin pillow destruction!!! These curtains look great, and what an awesome idea to use your old ones for lining! I like the contrast with the blue pillow, but then again I'm really digging the blue and orange color palette these days. Your macro photos are gorgeous, I just love them.

  2. The cushion matches the munchkin, so they'll both have to stay!!

  3. Really beautiful work on the curtains! And can I just say that I love that you call your kids mini-destroyers :)

  4. That fabric is gorgeous! And the curtains look great - I love them! Where did you get that curtain rod? I've been looking for something like that.

  5. That's a fabulous idea to line them with the old!

    And you mini destroyer is too cute. Do I see something else roped together in the background :)

  6. Looks FABulous Kati! And mini-destroyer #2 is getting SO big! I can't wait to see them again!

  7. These are great, so nice to have a good helper!

  8. I vote you keep the blue pillow. It's a nice contrast. Everything looks beautiful as always!