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And Then She Finished It

Was the kitchen-curtain-anticipation killing you? I’m sure it was. Sorry about that! Continuing:

After I pinned all the seams, I sewed them! I used a sewing machine, since sewing them by hand would have taken me ten years and resulted in very messy stitches. Sewing machines are surprisingly easy to use, even for a novice like me.

sewing

My seam isn’t even that wonky! (Try not to look at all the cat hair. There is a price to pay for Toby’s help.)

not so bad

Once all four edges were seamed, I measured the curtain rod (2 inches in diameter), and cut a three-inch strip of fabric to sew onto the back of the curtain for the curtain rod to slip through. I gave myself an extra inch so I could seam the edges and still have room for the rod to slip through.

Why does that sound dirty?

After I seamed the edges on the strip of fabric, I pinned it to the back of the curtain.

for the curtain rod

Then I sewed it all together! And then I realized that somehow I managed to make it a quarter of inch wider than the curtain itself.

oops

A bummer, but very easily remedied by folding and hand sewing the extra length into itself. I tried to take a picture of that, but couldn’t get the camera to focus in. But who cares, right? It’s fixed! No one will ever know I f*&%ed it up.

And that was it! That was the end! The curtain was finished! And also too narrow for the window. (Apparently width is not over-rated.)

kitchen curtain

I’d been aiming for a much more gathered look, which, as I discovered later when I googled “how to sew a kitchen curtain,” can only be obtained when your curtain is at least twice the width of your window. Unfortunately, mine is only about six inches wider than my window. I was super disappointed when I realized my error, but it’s started to grow on me. Mike and I aren’t really very ruffle-y people anyway.


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  • I like it. Nice work.

  • I like it. Nice work.

  • ‘Cita

    It’s lovely! But why didn’t you ask your mother? I think she could have given you some tips to make it easier.

    • But I did! And you said you had a pattern you could lend me but I don’t know how to use patterns…. Would you show me how to use a pattern?

    • But I did! And you said you had a pattern you could lend me but I don’t know how to use patterns…. Would you show me how to use a pattern?

  • ‘Cita

    It’s lovely! But why didn’t you ask your mother? I think she could have given you some tips to make it easier.

  • Color me impressed. In all sorts of oranges and loveliness. I think they look great!!

  • Color me impressed. In all sorts of oranges and loveliness. I think they look great!!