Yesterday, I did something that I had never ever done before in my life: I mowed my yard. After Number 3 provided me with several training sessions on how to properly do this, I felt confident to finally do it all by myself.
I woke up fairly early on my Independence Day off and decided to tackle this chore before it got up to a thousand degrees.
With a sense of accomplishment I methodically filled the gas tank; I primed it; I checked the throttle; I held the handlebar down; and lastly, I pulled the stringy thing with triumphant force.
As Muffin and I approach the ONE YEAR Anniversary of moving in to our new house, I thought it was high time I finally finish our living room curtains. I can’t believe it’s been a year since we moved into our dream home 🙂
Back in March I finally finished one set of curtain panels. We had to order some more material from Hobby Lobby before I could finish the rest. Also, like an idiot, I sort of neglected to mention how I made the top casing and bottom blindhem on the curtains 😀
For the top hem, I made a casing for the curtain rod. I figured 6″ ought to give me enough room for the rod. I marked the wrong side of the material with a purple fabric marker (It comes out with a little spray of water).
Then I folded the raw edge to meet up with the line I just marked.
And then sewed it with a multiple zig zag stitch.
This is seriously my new favorite stitch, y’all. I’ve been using it a lot. It secured the casing and it also kind of finishes the raw edge (even though I was too lazy to do it properly with a serger).
And that’s it. My casing is complete. All that’s left to do is finish the bottom edge of my curtains with a blindhem stitch. To do that, I measured 2″ from the raw edge, and marked it with the RIGHT side of the fabric up.
This next part is where it might get a little tricky… That’s the nature of a blindhem stitch, I’m afraid; it’s one of the reason it’s not my favorite stitch to do…
I pinned to secure it. See them in the pic?
Next, I folded the pinned bit under
I added more pins.
So, you should have a bit of a fold/layered situation…
Blindheming is actually pretty easy… the machine does all the work for you, obviously. It’s the folding of the fabric (as you can see!) and all the logistical crap that makes it tricky. There could be an easier way to do this… but going through all these steps is what makes it the easiest for ME to accomplish. If your way works better, God bless 🙂
Put on your blindhem foot. Most of them have a black flange guide down the middle. The fold of your fabric should be flush with the flange. Select the blindhem stitch and sew.
I did this on our Janome 6600P (one of my absolute favorite machines, ever).
The blindhem stitch is 3 straight stitches and then a zig zag. The left tip of the zig zag is going to catch on the fold and all the other stitches are going to be on that right outside (raw, if you will) edge.
When you’re done, let out the fold of the seam you sewed. This is what the back should look like.
The right side of the material should look like this:
Now, I can hang them up! Well… Muffin hung them up 🙂
Slowly but surely our living room started to come together.
I love how all the light comes in through the four windows! It’s always sunny in our house. And, depending on what time of the day it is, it’s a different color. Just gorgeous!
See what I mean? Sometimes its this fresh yellow morning color, and in the afternoon its bright and clear.
My Harry Potter book is on the table. I’m currently at Order of the Phoenix. It’s hard to put those things down!
I will confess that after making the first curtain panel, I had some extra fabric. So, there was one window where I sewed the leftovers together… don’t judge me. This material wasn’t expensive but it wasn’t cheap. I just stuck that panel in the corner where no one will see it 🙂
Far away it’s not too noticeable, though.
You wouldn’t have noticed it if I hadn’t pointed it out, right? 🙂 That was my dastardly plan.
Our living room is a big L shape (click on my original tutorial to see the fourth window/other part of the “L”). Figuring out a cohesive layout with furniture and the TV and other stuff was a bit tricky. It took us all this time to finally come up with this arrangement. And I absolutely love it. It’s truly turning from “new house” to “home.”
I’m sorry I forgot to mention the casing and blindhem stitch in my original tutorial of these curtains. Now you know how I did all four seams and not just the two side seams. Don’t be afraid to make your home uniquely you by making custom curtains. All you need is fabric you love, awesome rods, and 4 measly little seams to finish it.