A set of sheets, random pillow shams, yards of grey twill, shutter doors, chalkboards, a pink floral vase…….the list of stuff I loved but had nowhere to put went on and on. But even a strict minimalist such as myself wasn’t worried because I knew that I treasured these items enough to make use of them someday.
And week 2 of the June Room Challenge was my someday!
Two of my goals for this week were to:
- Make curtains
- Take inventory of possible decor
Thanks to all of your great advice, I chose the Laura Ashley sheets for my curtain fabric. It was also suggested that I incorporate pink gingham for added pop. I had just the fabric: two cute pillow shams I purchased 4 years ago at a yard sale! After ripping out stitches and measuring my fabric pieces I got to work.
How To Create Ruffled Curtains
Ruffled curtains are super expensive which is crazy because they are fairly easy to make yourself. (Just keep in mind that thin fabrics work best.)
For my pair I used:
- 1 full-sized sheet cut in half and hemmed all around to make 2 curtains
- 6 fabric strips cut 1.5 times the width of a curtain (plus 1 inch for seam allowance)
- 2 four-inch-long strips of fabric the width of the curtains (plus 1 inch for seam allowance)
- 1 nosy cat (see rump in photo below)
Since I was too busy sewing curtains to create a thorough tutorial of my own, here is a great one from A Boy, A Girl and A Pug. 🙂
Baste a straight stitch along the edge of your fabric, and then carefully pull one of the strings until the fabric starts to pucker. Continue pulling until you’ve “ruffled” the entire strip of fabric to the desired width.
Total time: approximately 6 hours
Ottoman Bench Cover
Let’s play a guessing game, okay?
Actually, let me give you the backstory: I needed a 48-inch-wide bench to put in my closet, but the ottoman I had was only 30 inches and slid around too much in the space. I considered the possibility of building a supported shelf, but what with the lack of an electrical saw and lumber I decided to go to Goodwill instead. Where I found these two padded footstools:
Together they measured 48 inches wide exactly! And guess how much they cost? Since it was half price on green tags that day, I got each one for just $2! Sure, they looked a little worn, but they had a tag that stated they’d been professionally cleaned. I was going to cover them up anyway, but it was a bonus to know they had been sanitized.
Last summer I purchased 5 yards of lovely grey twill in hopes of reupholstering a chair with it. Then I realized that I didn’t feel like ruining the chair or my fabric, so the twill just sat in a box.
The sturdy fabric was perfect for my cover and the light gray would look super adorbs against the yellow wall. I wasted no time getting lost in this sewing project. So lost that I didn’t create a tutorial. No worries, here is a worthy one from Design Sponge. Cannot wait to top this baby with equally charming pillows!
Total time: approximately 2 hours
P.S. Tuesdays are great days for deals at Goodwill since inventory needs to be thinned to make way for the Wednesday shipment.
It’s only been a week, but my sewing room is really coming together, and I find myself wandering into it’s cheery light several times throughout the day. It’s my happy place. 🙂
A sneak peek into Week 3:
Will Mrs. Smith call in the professionals or will the frugal minx take the reupholstering of this $5 chair into her own hands?
Find out next week!
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