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Friday, July 24, 2009

Finally Got My Curtains

For those of you who have read my previous posts, you know that we remodeled my living room in April. Then I bought new furniture. Well all that was missing was curtains.

I haven't had curtains in my living room for over 15 years. Just couldn't find any that I liked. But since I had new furniture, I really wanted new curtains. So I started looking through magazines to see if any jumped out at me. Well I found them but when I totaled up the price for 4 windows, I was shocked. It was going to cost around $600.00 dollars!! So there went those curtains.
And then I thought well I'll just make them. I searched Wal Mart, Joann's Fabrics and Hobby Lobby for blue and chocolate fabric but there was none. So I decided to see what I could find in curtains in stores. Once again, the only store around that had chocolate and blue was Lowe's and believe it or not, they wanted $29.99 per panel, which meant $60.00 per window! Well whoever came up with selling one panel for drapes is crazy. I refused to buy them just for the principal of this being another way of ripping off the public.
Then last month I finally checked Wal Mart again and found the perfect curtains except they had the loops on top to hang them by and that is not what I wanted. I wanted a ruffle on top. So I decide to rig them the way I wanted. And I did.
First I cut the loops off the top and saved them for drawbacks. Then I sewed a strip of muslin on the back right under the top hem to push the rods through. And to get the middle section, I purchased an extra set of the chocolate curtains and cut them into strips and sewed them on so that I could pull them up for the shade. It has taken me 3 months to find them, but I just love the way they turned out! And I bought them for less than $90.00. The lesson to be learned from this is to never give up. When they don't sell exactly what you want, use your imagination to fix it your way. See what you think. Until next time...


NancyD said...

And they turned out perfect for you! Very nice, Yorkie!

Terri said...

I think they're perfect! :)

Sage said...

Great job there yorkie! You go girl! Get what you want even if you have to 'remake' them a bit! I'm all for it! Lovely!