Today I can’t wait to share another major project from my craft room makeover. If you have been following for a while, then you know that I am currently taking part in the One Room Challenge through Linda’s blog Calling it Home. The idea of this challenge is to completely make-over one room in your home within a six week timeline.
I started off strong in week two with a DIY Gift Wrapping Station. Then I shared a dresser made over into some great craft room storage. And week four was all about painting the craft room, which left the whole project in total chaos.
But this week was so much more productive! Yay!
I got the whole room put back together, some new storage installed, a lamp project completed, the stools painted… and my new lined drapery finished and hung!
I just love these lined drapes – I used Emily Corn Yellow Slub by Premier Prints from Online Fabric Store. I also used a basic drapery liner from the OFS – not a blackout liner, but it ended up being such great quality that I think you could use it as a blackout liner. I think that the vibrant and fresh yellow and white design looks amazing against the new white walls.
And honestly, if you can operate a pair of scissors, run a measuring tape and sew a straight-ish (that is a very loose term) line, then YOU CAN MAKE THESE! In fact, you might even be able to “No-SEW” these with some heavy-duty hem tape, but I haven’t tried it. Needless to say, they are very easy. Seriously.
To make these fabulous lined drapes I primarily followed the great tutorial that Gina from Shabby Creek Cottage shared, but I have a few tips about cutting such large pieces of fabric, so I though it warranted sharing my own tutorial as well.
First of all, it is good to read through the tutorial(s) and wrap your head around the whole process first. It is kind of like you are making a giant pillow case. Like, a really giantly-long pillow case. Like, a pillow case that is big enough for a giant. You know what I’m saying?
Start out by determining the length you want your curtains to be. I wanted to hang my drapes using rings on clips and decided that a 90″ length would work well to accomodate the height I hoped to hang my curtain rod at.
Lay your fabric/liner out in an area where you have lots of room to spread it out – full length – in order to measure and cut it to length. I taped one end and then measured the full length, taping out where 90″ – plus 2″ for the top seam and the bottom hem – went to. I just did the full width of the fabric, as being 54″ wide it was perfect for my window width. As you can see, my little guy helped me hold the fabric in place while I did the final measurement and cut. He took his job pretty seriously.
I did the same thing with the printed fabric…
To ensure that I cut a straight line on such a big piece of fabric, I measured in a few places along with my measuring tape, marked it with a pen, and then joined the lines together with a straight edge…
And once it was cut, I laid the two good sides of the fabric together (like you do when you are making a pillow cover)…
But as my patterned fabric was a little bit wider then my lining fabric, I needed to overlap the edges and pin it in place before sewing the right-sides together…
Once I had sewn up and around the three pinned sides, I flipped the lined panel right side out and then ironed the bottom up (as Gina recommends), stitching along the bottom to create a neat edge.
Easy peasy lemon squeezy!
And aren’t these lemon-o-licious beauties?!?! I know, right?!
Oh my goodness, I can’t wait to show you the rest of the room REVEAL next week!! Okay, 7 days and counting. And I still do have quite a few jobs to go…but I think I will make it!
I am already enjoying crafting in there so much more then I was before. And that’s what the One Room Challenge is all about, right?
Creating a space that is not only “finished” and “beautiful”, but that is functional and that you love spending time in??
I have another Craft Room project to share tomorrow- and then the REVEAL next Thursday. I can’t wait!!