Fabric Friday: the instant curtain

When it comes to curtains, let’s just say I have issues.


Commitment issues, that is. How to pick? What fabric do I want? What if it clashes with the paint?! So many choices!! The #1 thing I’ve learned is that curtains can be done super fast. Basically, it’s the easiest sewing project I know of.


#1: know the size. In my case I have a window that is 4 1/2 feet high, so to properly cover I need at least 3 yards of fabric if I want some ruffle & prettiness to the curtain.

#2: Understand light will shine through. Pick something dark and that will help keep light out – is that what you want? Also know that any messy stitching, sloppy folds, etc. will be visible as the sun shines through.

#3: The iron is your friend. Use it with markings and lines to make clean, straight creases so when you stitch it’s all nice and pretty.

#4: If you can’t decide, well then it’s easy. Just fold a piece of fabric over (in my case about 1 1/2″ to allow for the round rod), stitch it with a big stitch, and hang it and see!


Because I used a full width of fabric the edges are finished, and by doing such a simple stitch at the top I can take this fabric down and use it on another project instantly. There is no damage, no lasting marks – really this project took about 3 minutes and will let me see exactly what this fabric would look like as my curtains in here.


The verdict? This isn’t *the* fabric for my new curtain. The moths distract me, and it wasn’t long enough anyhow. I also don’t like how it was going to look with my new wall color (I will be painting in here) – so I know it won’t work. But!! While I figure it out, I have this as a temporary fix.

What’s next? Table runners, tree skirts, and maybe even a patch on a Tshirt… Gotta use this fabric, after all!

7 thoughts on “Fabric Friday: the instant curtain”

  1. Oh man as soon as I saw them I thought “OH HOW COOL!!” I love the moths/butterflies.
    I hope you find the right fabric soon. 😀

  2. WOW, very cool, I think they look great, too bad you are not going to use them, I would use them they look too great in there, that fabric is awesome, you are so talented, and have such great taste I really look forward to your emails everyday to see what you have come up with. Thanks.

  3. Love the fabric but agree maybe not for smallish curtain.
    Would look great as a book cover or a multitude of other things!
    I will have to keep an eye out for it here in Australia!
    Thanks for sharing May

  4. I can see why you would find the months distracting, they are pretty flipping awesome looking with the light shining through. Beautiful work, May!

  5. Yeah…I agree. Those moths would be distracting to me too. But I love that fabric. Maybe a big pillow to take a nap on or to prop my feet on under my desk? Table runners would be nice too. Or a curtain to hide stuff under the table. I think the light shinning thought makes those moths stand out even more. So if it had a liner. That is some neat fabric tho!

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