For over a year now I've been planning to make living room curtains. My living room window is huge, so my curtains needed to be over 90" long which is not a length that you can just go buy easily. For some reason, most of the stores only have them up to 84" long. My plan for curtains were always bold stripes, and I knew the colors needed to be reds, golds, and browns.
For years a tan linen valance has hung at the top of vertical blinds and that's been our living room window treatment. It was past time for a change and a BOLD change, so here it is.
I found these at Walmart and they were over $17 per package of two panels. At 40"x84" each, I needed two packages (four panels). OK, Lillie Mae was willing to get them and MAKE it work. My big idea was to sew them to the valance increasing their length.
Tuesday morning I started on the curtain project. See in the picture, it's not even daylight yet through the slit in the blind! I went ahead and hung one up to get a correct measure. They were 6 1/2" too short.
Then I noticed how much I loved the tab top look and didn't want to attach the old valance and cover it up. Hmmm? So then Lillie Mae got her 1st BRIGHT idea of the day! Just put the valance on the bottom.
I measured twice like the rule says and started cutting. The only thing I was cutting was the old tired worn out valances, so if I messed them up we had already got our money's worth out of them anyway!
I got up off the floor OUCH! Just to let you know I don't sew on a sewing machine I sew by hand only. Anyway, I hung the first one up and stood back looking. PERFECT!
I'm waiting a few days to see if the wrinkles drop out but I suspect I'm gonna have to take these things down and iron them. That's ok, isn't that all part of making our home a place of comfort?
BUT WAIT, the best thing is that when I got the two packages of curtains to the register, they only rung up for $7.00 each. My new living room curtains only cost me $14.00, an old valance, a lot of labor, and a whole lot of LOVE!!!