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The Truth About Curtains: I’d Rather Use My Sewing Machine To Make Almost Anything Else

We’ve lived in our current house for more than five years and the horrid blinds that were hanging in front of the back slider when we moved in are STILL there. Now I’m to the point where I really can’t stand to look at them anymore.

I bought fabric months ago to sew some new curtains, but couldn’t find the time and/or work up the mojo to do it. There’s a good chance that I’m dragging my feet because I’m not sure I want to to look at the floral print I selected every single day. I like it a lot, but do a like it enough to commit?

The biggest problem is that I’m not a big fan of sewing window treatments. I kind of hate it in fact. I’ve sewn many curtains, but I’ve always taking shortcuts and made quick and dirty window treatments that leave much to be desired once they’re up on the rod. And as a matter of full disclosure I will come clean and admit that I have NEVER used backing fabric to line any of my window treatments. Shame, shame – I know. But this is what happens when one dedicates the hours of midnight to 3 a.m. to home dec sewing. What looks fab at 3 a.m. almost always turns out to be a nightmare at 9 a.m.

In and effort improve our living environment, I’m going to buy backing fabric for this long overdue, monster curtain project, and I’m going to try to do it right this time. Ugh.

Think there’s any chance this sewing adventure will end like the book “Green Eggs and Ham?” Will I ever warm up to sewing curtains? We shall see, but don’t hold your breath. :  )

 

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Comment from Amy
Time: April 5, 2011, 7:07 pm

wait, what? you’re supposed to line curtains? I didn’t get that memo. :)

Comment from Jill @ Cora Anne Designs
Time: April 5, 2011, 8:24 pm

oh, I’m so with you on this one. I sewed curtains for our living room a long time ago and my jury is still out on whether or not the project was a success!

Comment from Suzanne
Time: April 5, 2011, 8:54 pm

I can totally agree with you here. I have sewn endless curtains for our apartment. Each time it takes me HOURS and then when I hang them up I always just think they look okay. Grr!! Good luck! :)

Comment from jennifer
Time: April 5, 2011, 9:37 pm

I’m glad I’m not the only one who doesn’t love sewing curtains. I plan to buy the lining fabric tomorrow. We’ll see how long it takes me to kick this project out. : )

Comment from brandi
Time: April 5, 2011, 9:56 pm

I can’t seem to find the right kinda of fabric for my curtains. I have passive solar and want to keep the light comeing in but hold back the heat in the summer…That’s my excuse for not making curtains yet.

Comment from DianeP
Time: April 5, 2011, 10:59 pm

I made curtains for my Aunt’s bedroom at the Nursing Home three years ago and that is the LAST time I will ever make curtains.

Thought it would be easy – make a rod pocket, hem them up a bit – what could go wrong? First, don’t sew with shear rayon fabric, second, don’t sew with shear rayon fabric and third, don’t sew with shear rayon fabric. Enough said.

Comment from Mandy
Time: April 5, 2011, 11:17 pm

Right there with you- except we’ve been in our house 11 years!

Comment from anne | flax & twine
Time: April 6, 2011, 1:19 am

oh I hear you sista! I need to make curtains for my studio and they keep falling to the BOTTOM of the list. Do not want to do them. They need to be custom because the windows are funky so its either I make ‘em or I simply can’t look at my computer from 1 to 6pm due to the blinding sun! soon, I say, soon . . . Good luck with yours. Be sure to show us the final product.

Comment from Debbie-Esch House Quilts
Time: April 6, 2011, 8:56 am

For me the size of the curtains makes them difficult – it feels like I’m swamped in fabric! They’re just hard to maneuver. Good luck!

Comment from Beth
Time: April 6, 2011, 9:18 am

I think the fabric is very pretty. And since you love turquoise, I bet you’ll LOVE looking at them every day. :)

Comment from Sarah S
Time: April 6, 2011, 10:31 am

Perfect timing! I’ve been searching for new curtains and have been striking out. I’ve resigned myself to the fact that I will probably be sewing them. Huge panels to wrestle and hem and all that boring straight line sewing. The best part is when they’re done! :)

Comment from Erin N.
Time: April 6, 2011, 12:04 pm

My mom started helping me sew curtains a couple of months ago. We finished one. One! The (beautiful) fabric is sitting in a Rubbermaid container just waiting. There’s no way I am going to do it without mom help/motivation though. Ugh.

Comment from April Hunt
Time: April 6, 2011, 7:09 pm

Sewing curtains/drapes is torture! I made 8 massive lined panels for my bedroom and if I hadn’t had my mother-in-law helping me and requiring that we don’t cut corners, they’d be one big expensive, unfinished disaster.

Okay, so this isn’t the most encouraging comment I could leave… ;)

Maybe my problem was that we were making these massive drapes in 95 degree humid weather, without air conditioning, and I was 7-9 months pregnant through the ordeal. And I used two different fabrics in each panel.

Yeah, your project should be a breeze. You can do it! :)

Comment from Erin Wagner
Time: April 11, 2011, 10:47 pm

I have no comment to share on the making of curtains but I DO have to say that I love that fabric. What fabulous pillows it would also make. Where did you find it?

Comment from jennifer
Time: April 13, 2011, 5:04 pm

I bought the fabric on a whim at JoAnn’s.

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Time: June 23, 2011, 10:59 am

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Comment from uptodate
Time: January 5, 2012, 3:18 am

It only goes to show where theres will theres a way. Keep on trying. My one regret in life is that I am not someone else. Woody Allen Born 1935

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