Tuesday, July 24, 2012

curtain for the foyer window

Based on the deafening silence in the comment section regarding putting a picture over a window, apparently pictures of old white men over windows are not popular.

Luckily, my magical never-ending mistake stash of Gullan Blom fabric from the living room curtains yielded a scrap juuuuuuust long enough to put over the window.  Now every window in the house is covered in this fabric.  Or so it feels like, anyway.

It appears that the fabric doesn't quite hit the bottom of the sash in this picture, but it does.  Although not by much.

As you can see, I've used the same fabric in the stairwell. (And the living room; we are a veritable sea of Swedish fabric here.)

The scrap of fabric is actually turned sideways.  I iron-hemmed both sides, then ironed on some ribbon trim about inch in all around with more hemming tape.  I followed my time-tested measure once, cut twice method, which, as usual, yielded the results you would expect.  Its not that noticeable.  I think.

In order to hang it, I took a $3 strip of wood I found in the woodworking section at JoAnn Fabrics, cut it to a length a wee bit smaller than the fabric, then hot glued the top end of the fabric to two sides.

Then the Mister screwed the piece of wood directly to the wall, making sure that the two uncovered sides of wood were under the curtain and that the curtain draped over the side with the screws, like this:

This is the basic method that Pottery Barn uses for their Roman Shades, which is where I got the idea.

I still have about four yards left of this fabric.  Somebody throw a party so I can have a hoop skirt and a "tighter, Mamie, tighter!" moment in my future.  


  1. I like it! And I, too, seem to be an inadvertant fan of the measure once, cut twice method.

  2. go Lisa!

  3. This is such a great idea. I am terrible at sewing. I could probably handle the hem tape. I always seem to measure once cut twice, too! :)

  4. You and your girlie need matching aprons with that fabric. Then play "where's waldo" with her in the staircase. :)

  5. Love the "Gone With the Wind" reference - made me laugh! :-) I think this looks great, and I love seeing you use what you already have. Well done - and what a simple way to hang the shade! I'm keeping that in mind for the future!


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