I had a really good weekend. My former college roommate, Katie, flew in for a visit and we had a great time. We shopped. We enjoyed tapas, sangria, red wine and stayed up past our bedtime. We got pedicures and cooked together. And of course talked and talked. Which made me really wish we were not hundreds of miles and a plane ride away from each other.
And took absolutely no pictures. Even after I made a point to say “We need need to take tons of pictures this weekend because we got 0 last time”
Just picture us having an amazing time.
We also had numerous “wow we are getting old” moments. Maybe it is because 30 is in the not too distant future. Or maybe it is because we have both recently have moved from the city to the ‘burbs. Or maybe it is the glaring differences in how we used to hang out and how we spend our time together now.
But the point of this post is not to bore everyone with reminiscing. I really do have a point.
As part of being “old” we spent some time making drapery panels for Katie’s new house. We spent a half of day picking out the fabric and got five new lined panels banged out in just a couple of hours.
Which led Derek to ask why it has taken me months to finish our panels in the kitchen.
She picked out three great fabrics for each panel…..a deep gray, and orange stripe and an orange and gray pattern. Of course again no pictures, but I made her swear to email me some as soon as they are hung in her house.
Katie is a beginning sewer and has just completed a couple of pillows. So when I showed her my trick for incredibly fast fabric cutting she was amazed it went so fast.
And so was Derek….because again those dang kitchen panels.
This tip is not going to be anything new to experienced sewers out there, but i wanted to share it with everyone that is just starting to make an easy drapery panel on their own. Because I wish I knew this with my first panels.
Quick and Easy way to Measure and Cut Drapery Panels
1. Find a square flooring surface in you house. This could be a tile or wood floor. Or even a carpet beginning/ending point in a wide doorway. Or even a wall if you don’t have anything else.
2. Figure out how long you want you drapery panels to be and measure it out from your beginning edge. Mark that spot with a piece of tape. Scoot a little bit down and repeat to make sure you tape line is even.
3. Stretch out the fabric from your tape line to your original square line on the floor. If you are on wood or tile, line up the fabric with a line in the floor to make sure you are straight.
4. Cut right along the edge that you know is square.
5. Repeat with the other panels.
And you should have them cut in just a couple of minutes and ready to sew. Quick right?
Just ask Derek about the kitchen.