I’m always telling people that curtains are easy. “Just buy some fabric, hem around the edges and slap it up with some curtain clips!” I’ll say casually. “It’s super quick, and much cheaper than buying ready-made curtains.”
I’ve sewn curtains for every room in our house that contains a window, and it’s never been a big deal. I was right about them being quick to make, and they are absolutely cheaper than buying expensive ready-made panels, but as for how long it actually took me to get around to making them this time? Weeeeeeeell . . .
We moved into our home almost six years ago and even though we’ve done a ton of projects, do you know what was still hanging in our living room windows? The skinny black rods with swirly finials that have been there since the beginning of time, and the plain white sheers I bought at Zellers shortly after moving in.
(I still miss Zellers!)
Despite the living room being the space we host company, the space you see as soon as you walk in the front door, AND the space we’ve spent the most money on furnishings — a sectional and a huge area rug — somehow replacing the curtains just . . . never felt like a priority?
There was nothing offensive about them. I didn’t like the black swirly finials, but they weren’t the worst. I liked that the sheers gave us privacy without blocking the light, so I tried to ignore the fact that the window treatments were skimpy.
When Atlantic Fabrics had an especially good sale on drapery fabrics, I decided it was time to take the plunge …