Every time we talk about revamping a room I hunt for that perfect fabric for drapes. I enjoy finding the perfect complement to the decor and knowing that whipping up some lined panels is not difficult. Ahhhh…
Except that I hate making curtains. I always seem to forget this small detail in the fun part of the search but as the months pass by and the massive amounts of yardage sit collecting dust in my craft room as I remember all the crappy ironing, pinning, measuring, wrestling with large amounts of fabric and plain boringness of sewing drapes.
Over I a year ago I washed our office drapes and they shrank. Which made them look like we were going to have a flood anytime. Not to mention sun shone through the loops at the top of them which made them look…well cheap. And too small for the window.
This bothered me every morning as I walked down the stairs. And it bothered me enough to find and buy fabric on my IKEA trip. Over one year ago.
I could pretend that some bolt of inspiration made me get over my curtain making hating ways. Or that I really was going to be the queen of finishing projects this year.
Or maybe it was because I want to buy fabric for the basement drapes and I knew I could not justify that with both office and kitchen drape fabric still inhabiting my craft room. I let you be the judge of which one sounds more like me.
Anyway no matter what the reason…they are D-O-N-E.
And I love them.
As you can see, they needed to be washable as our two furry friends are their constant companion. This time I was smart and pre-washed both the drapery fabric and the lining so our shrinking problem will not repeat.
We also moved the curtain rods to hang them higher and wider so that the windows would look larger.
But I did not just want to show you the new curtains, I also wanted to share my trick for faking pinch pleats.
I wanted some pleats but I also wanted to use my existing hardware. So I sprayed the back of the top tab with starch to stiffen it up…
The starch keeps it stiff and non-floppy at the top and you can’t see where the clips are attached. And you get pleats. Super easy and can be redone in a snap for washing.
With the completion of the drapes the office mini-makeover is now complete which I can’t wait to share. Since it has only been a year since it was started.
Mark your calendars for this time next year when I am ready to unveil the basement drapes. Because did you really think I was really going to be finisher this year?