Sunday, April 11, 2010

No Sew Fix

Anyone remember this?  No, I’m not talking about the bedroom.  I’m pointing out the erroneous purchase of 84” panels instead of 90”.  Now you’re remembering, right?

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Well, I finally got around to fixing the problem—for free.  With the purchase of the new daybed, I no longer had use for my daughter’s bedskirt.  It was a Pottery Barn purchase, and the skirt was a heavyweight quilted panel. 

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With scissors in hand, I chopped the skirt part right off the panel.  Because it had a cute pleat in the middle of it, I had to line it up right with my shorty short curtain.

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I didn’t even worry about the shredded material that was still attached.  I knew I’d be covering it anyway.

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I know I could have sewn this, but I didn’t want the worry of puckering or crazy stitches (both of which would have happened).  Instead, I used this HeatnBond hem adhesive.  It’s so easy to do, and it HOLDS!

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I simply lined the bottom of the curtain with the adhesive hem, ironed it down, and it was done.  I forgot to take a picture of it, but I used some ribbon I already had, ironed it down as well, and it hid the frayed edges!  Ta-da!!

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So… (or should I say no-sew) for free, I was able to fix what used to be a “design” faux pas and make it worthy of the window treatment gods.

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It’s just another example of how much money “shopping the house” can save you.  Now if I could just find a maid somewhere in this house…

107 comments:

Letti said...

They look fabulous. Great job!

Rachelle said...

Love it! If we ever sell this house before the girls go to college..ugh.. I want to paint the girls room a similar color to your daughters. I simply adore it. :)

Wanna borrow my maid? I keep her in the basement.

;)

Tudors was great by the way.

thefinaltouchideas said...

Amazing job!!

Pam @ Design Fanatic said...

Very cute! A really nice touch & very creative!

Vanessa said...

There you go girl! I love this kind of diy quick fix kinda thing. The curtains look adorable!!!

Anne Alagna said...

Gorgeous!

Amber said...

they turned out SEW cute! Love the colors in that room too!

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

Great job - the room looks amazing! Still looking for that maid, and that personal chef, and throw in the personal trainer too.

Tammy@InStitches said...

They look even better now than if you had bought the 90" ones !

Carrie said...

I love it. Your blog never fails to inspire.

Momma to Bug n' Bear said...

So cute! Good thinking to reuse a bed skirt.

-Desiree

Paige said...

Those look amazing! Great job.

Emily said...

Let me know when you find the maid, so I can look in the same spot. Ha. Ha. Love how the curtains turned out. They look great!

Robin said...

Curtains look great; now you have a custom look for $0 dollars, that's what I call wonderful!!!

Beth@The Stories of A to Z said...

I love it. And I totally need to do this for my dining room curtains. The rod is low, low, low which has been driving me bonkers.

valerie said...

love what you did..the pink ties in the whole room and by the way.... the room is adorable! Love the view out the window too....you are sew talented....:)

Carmen said...

What a fabulous idea! The curtains look great!

PS@AlbanyCreek said...

Oh, bravo! A JAG original and fabulous to boot.

Bubba said...

Looks like this was a happy accident - they look great!

Laurie said...

Awesome solution! I did this in my DR and LR and really like it MORE with the wide border! Your daughter's room is gawgeous! Great work...

Amy Kinser said...

How clever. These look just perfect.

House Queen said...

Girl...just go ahead and move to Tennessee to help me out...you know ya wanna!!! Seriously!

hoehnefour said...

Looks amazing!!

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

The curtains are beautiful! I love the scalloped hem. And the lime green ribbon trim. So cute!! Great job. Love & blessings from NC!

Staci @ FiaBella Photography said...

Awesome save!

maureen @ The Inglenook Decor said...

ingenious! and adore the green-pink color combo..

Michelle said...

Chris,
That is freaking GENIUS! Seriously.

Tammy said...

love the pleat.that looks so good!

Ashley said...

Very cute...and I am still in love with that tree mural!

Jenglamgirl said...

LOOOOOOOVE IT! that is exactly what those panels needed. Love the room and mural WOW! JGG

Kris said...

Love it! And being a quilter...love the soft pink quilted fabric that you were able to repurpose!! Pink and green is one of my favorite combos. I have done my sewing room in those colors!!

Girl with the Curlz said...

So cute. You think of everything.

Rita said...

What a cute room and a great job you did. Hope you find that maid!!

Heidi@TheCraftMonkey said...

ADORABLE! I love them!

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

What a pretty room! Those curtains turned out so lovely.

Andrea said...

That looks great! I am in the process of finding some material to elongate our living room curtains too:)

Can you tell me the name of the paint color that you used in your daughter's room? I love it!

Amanda@Imperfectly Beautiful said...

Absolute custom looking curtains for $0...priceless! that room is dreamy. Can I come live with you and have you redo a room for me??? You've got some serious skillz lady!

~Amanda
:)

Valerie said...

SOOOOOOOO cute!

this blessed nest said...

absolutely brilliant!

smarty skirt!

Tracy Suzanne said...

OMG Chis. You couldn't have planned that any better. It turned out absolutely gorgeous.

Hugs...Tracy :)

Caro said...

Wow, it looks really nice! I've been reading your blog for a while and finally de-lurking. You have some beautiful things here. Thanks for sharing!

Mainly a midwife said...

That looks gorgeous!

Phil and Bri said...

Those are incredible and I can't tell you HOW MUCH I LOVE IT. And it coordinates with her quilt....ahhh....LOVE IT!

beckaboots said...

Beautiful! They look great and I think I might copy your idea! I'm very lazy and even though I can sew, I'd rather do it your super easy way!
-Bekah

AMIT said...

Very cute one and its good that you fixed it.

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Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I think the window treatment gods are pleased! You did a great job and using the heat and bond saves a lot of time for something like this. It turned out great, Chris!

Lynette said...

I love it...great job!

Anonymous said...

A fantastic, creative solution that solves a problem and really improves the curtains. Now going with the design maxim that a picture shows you what is and isn't right with a room, I would like to humbly suggest that you need to take the drapes down again, iron the entire drape (including the quilted portion) using steam mist. Rehang each panel immediately after ironing, hand pleat the panel and tie it with soft cloth in several spots on the full length of the panel and let it train in place for at least 1 week. Repeat this step with the 2nd panel. The weight of the quilted portion might make it challenging to train. A pin or magnet may be required for a short period of time to remind the pleat to stay in place.

The room is beautiful and you have done a great job. Your daughter is very lucky to have such a creative mom

Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said...

What a great fix-so much more fun than a plain white panel too.

Pine Tree Home said...

I just found out about the magic hem tape and am in love with it. Great idea about using the bedskirt! I love the different textures and the cute little green ribbon. Nice touch.

Pam @ bibbidi-bobbidi-beautiful said...

Super cute! Love the pleat.

Jennifer said...

Beautiful!

Sugar Bear said...

I love the look! It all turned out for the best. Everything happens for a reason. The pleat in the middle is a perfect accent.
Karla

Krysta said...

Awesome!! That's my kind of a project!

amberdawn said...

Looks great!!! You are so ingenious!!!! Now you can spend the money you saved somewhere else! lol

Kat said...

You just have to love "mistreatments" - especially those that don't cost anything! Great job on the curtains, they're perfect!

Melanie said...

Looks great! I need to get this tape stuff because I can't sew a lick:(

Amber said...

Wow that is the finishing touch! They look fabulous! I especially love the pleat! Fantastic!

kpmattingly said...

Wow! Those look great. What a good idea.

Julie said...

Wow Chris I love it!!! You just solved my shower curtain problem... I have a bed skirt that i love but its the wrong color for the bedroom now but it goes perfet with the bathroom and I wanting to extend my shower urtain to the floor... Thank you Thank you
Have a wonderful week
julie

Lisa said...

The end result is so pretty I am seriously thinking of buying panels that are too short and adding a block of fabric to the bottom - love how it turned out. Also the ribbon is such a nice detail. Great job!

Amber@Timeless Treasures said...

Very cute idea, and those look great! I can't wait to start on some projects of my own, and Lord knows I have a list a mile long!!

Sylvia said...

WOW!! Thank you so much for that, I've been waiting to see what your fix would be...it's gorgeous! Great job mama! :)

Adventures of a CrAzY LaDy! said...

They look amazing! I love the way they go with the bed, and the fact that they have the pleat in them - love it!

Debbie @ ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com said...

Wow, this turned out great! I just love how you did this. It turned out so pretty....especially with the pink.What beautiful posts lately. You have done such great projects lately...I love coming by and seeing what you are upto! YOu are a busy gal!!!
Blessings,
Debbie

Michelle Hoad said...

I think it's gorgeous. I did this in my office. I had terrific brown pique curtains, but they were too short. I added a brown toile panel with a fun fringe and they are now my favorite thing in the house.

anne said...

Sooooooo cute! I bet they hang nicely too...with the added weight and all. Thanks for sharing the updated look.

MeenyMoe said...

They turned out gorgeous!! They actually make the curtains look like they cost a fortune! I also love that you used Heat n Bond. I hate to sew. I never thought of doing that for curtains. I am working on a craft room and need a valance. I think I'll do something like that for them! Thanks! -Karen

Rachel@MyPinkFlipFlops said...

Oooo I love it! It looks just like you planned it!

Jamara said...

Those are great! Love them!

Jamie said...

They turned out great! Good job!

Stacey @ The Blessed Nest said...

That looks so pretty! Love the texture of the matelesse. Great job!!
Blessings,
Stacey

melifaif said...

Very cute, I love it! The room is fabulous.

Teresa Eliason said...

So cute! I love how they came out. They look perfect in the room now. I am now inspired to go out and get the screws I need to hang up some curtains in my bathroom. The curtains came with the house and have just been sitting in a closet until I realized I could use them in the bathroom.

Lynda @ SportsMadGirl said...

They look so cute. I love the pop of green from the ribbon.

Katie said...

I love it! I may have to use this when I convert my 2 years room to a big boy room!

Kristen said...

Looks good!

mrs. c said...

Those panels just went from too short to too cute! They look like custom panels and are fantastic!

Barb said...

OMG...Perfect!!! love the green ribbon too. Looks like custom made curtains. How cute. What a wonderful fix for the faux paw. Now, call your mother! I've been trying to get hold of you.

Mom

Barb said...

OMG...Perfect...I love that bed skirt idea. The textures are great. Love the green ribbon. Those colors looks great together. Call me!!! Mom

Carol said...

I am so inspired. I'm going to rip through my house tonight and go 'shopping'. Seriously, what you did is awe-to-the-some.

Nikki@ Cheap Like a Birdie said...

I LOVE the shape of the bottom now, so cute and girly!

Amy Bennett said...

Gorgeous!

Christina said...

That worked beautifully. Now I bet you are glad that you accidentally purchased the shorter ones. The best creativity often comes about with those little accidents.

[ Stellar & The City ] said...

That room is a dream! makes me want to be a little girl again. Wonderful job!

Anonymous said...

You're brilliant! I love it.

Kaye

Lucky Loves Home said...

That is such a great idea and it looks so adorable. Bravo!

Anonymous said...

I would so love it if you posted the original pattern for that tree. I seem to remember you saying that you traced it onto the wall from an overhead, and I could so pull that same trick! ;-)

Jenny @ Anything Pretty said...

Looks great! That little touch totally makes the room!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

The curtains are so cute and I love the green ribbon you added! Thanks for the tutorial...I have to be the worst seamstress ever.

Andrea said...

Holy friggin crap! That turned out GREAT!! Love it,love you.

Jennie said...

Love your blog!!

Please tell me what color paint you used for the walls? I'm going to paint my master bedroom and want that color!!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Chris, I love that. Such a great way to fix those short drapes & it looks so adorable too.

Richella said...

Chris!! This is brilliant! The curtains look even better than they would have looked if they'd been the right length to start with. It's so nice when a design challenge leads you to a better solution than you would have had if you hadn't had the challenge in the first place.

Good luck finding the maid. Maids are so good at hiding. . . they must learn that in maid school.

MHuffman said...

Wonderful idea! Where did you get the wall stencil/sticker?

Katy said...

They look much more finished! Love them now. I love everything about the room actually, the room color is wonderful...what is it??

Katherine ( Katie) Corrigan said...

Well done, it turned out lovely! Wishing you happiness, Katherine

Jenny said...

How pretty! And what a great idea!

Mandy said...

I feel like Wayne & Garth....

not worthy!!! ;)

You're awesome!!

courtney said...

i love that idea. they look perfect. your daugther's room is adorable. when my little one moves to her "big girl" bed, i am stalking that tree. hope you don't mind ;)

Rosemary said...
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Rosemary said...

That is absolutely AWESOME. What a difference that pink addition made to the curtain. It was simply genius adding the green ribbon too. I love your blog.

Julie said...

Your "no sew fix" to these curtains in the icing on the cake when it comes to your daughter's room. It really ties everything together. What a fabulous idea!

Kara@ Creations by Kara said...

I love how they turned out! I think they look better than they would have in the first place. :)

jess said...

they look awesome! love the ribbon detail!

Tamara said...

So Darling!!! Way to be resourceful and think outside the box!:-)

Kacey said...

Wow - fabulous! You make it look so simple and easy. Your daughter's room is lovely!

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