I love when my dad needs my help, especially with crafty projects. The past couple of months have kept him occupied with renovating the basement of his house. His first project was creating a new guest bedroom, and he needed my help with matching accent pieces — a headboard, curtains, end tables, and box cover.


We took a trip to the local fabric store, where my dad picked out simple white chevron fabric. If our initial calculations were correct, 10 yards of fabric would have been enough for all the accent pieces. I had an ulterior motive: I wanted the leftover fabric scraps for a refashion project.


Even though I have absolutely no experience creating curtains, I thought the process couldn’t be that hard. Just a bunch of hemming the edges, right? Ugh. I hate hemming — a necessary evil in this world. My only curtain experience was creating two small panels (not fabulous or pretty) for my dad a couple years ago.


I’m a little sad I didn’t take any photos of my first curtain attempt because I was proud of my attempt (even if the curtains weren’t perfect). Anyway, I hemmed the first curtain panel except the bottom part and hung it up on the rod. Not too shabby, eh? I’m kind of impressed with myself. Did you notice the headboard my dad created?


Hemming sucks. I didn’t realize how much fabric was needed to create ruffled curtain (everything complete except the bottom hem). Each panel (three in all) is about two yards, which means my initial calculations were off. For a ruffled look, I thought an extra six inches would be enough, but I was wrong.


The guest bedroom is so pretty! Unfortunately, the bottom hem wasn’t perfect, but fortunately, my dad was OK with the minor flaws. Despite the imperfections, I’m pretty proud of myself for creating a second pair of curtains. I just don’t plan to turn this into a hobby or start sewing my own.

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4 replies »

  1. What a beautiful spare bedroom! Great job on the curtains. You have way more patience than I do when it comes to anything with sewing.

  2. Lovely curtains. I can’t tell that hem in uneven. I don’t think it matters that much because the room looks gorgeous. Great job!

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