Thursday, June 13, 2013

voile Patchwork Curtains

dang, I love these curtains


Voile patchwork curtains!


There's no hiding it - I HEART these curtains.  Combined with the patchwork chair covers... I think this make is a personal favorite.  I'm so. completely. stoked. that I get to look at all this color each and every day. How lucky am I?  Completely blessed!  I can even see these happy fabrics from outside my house as I'm walking in.  It's a bit of personality peaking out the windows, and I love it.  I love it.  I LOVE it!

Anna Maria Horner voile curtains


So, now that I've unloaded a few buckets of enthusiasm I'll pull it together to share some details.

#1  My patchwork voile curtains are composed of 100% Anna Maria Horner voiles.  Most are from her Little Folks collection.  Adding in the black Maybe print (Innocent Crush), the aqua Tambourine print (Field Study) and the oversized saffron dot print (Field Study) brought a more funky vibe to the whole thing.  That and the odd-sized cut rectangles and squares.  I improvised with color and scale.

French seams for voile curtains


#2 If you'd like to make voile curtains here are some tips.  Use a microtex sharp needle.  It's finer for this silky fabric.  Also, sew French seams so you don't have to line them!  It's lovely how the light filters through.  Make quick work of hemming the edges and then the bottom seam with a rolled hem foot.  I refreshed my how-to-use memory right here. That foot saves so much time and looks awesome!  (FYI, you're seeing the curtain from the wrong side above.)

the new space!


#3  Make ribbon tabs for an easy (and cheap) way to attach to a curtain rod.  One 10 yard roll of ribbon was more than enough for my entire project.  I actually had this gray ribbon at home, so this way I didn't have to run out and buy metal ring/clips!  I sewed the tabs into the top seam and then topstitched to secure them in the proper position.

That should do it!  Really, curtains are an easy project if you're going for straight and simple like this - especially if you don't need a lining.   The drape of voile and it's sheer airiness... Sublime.  We need more voile curtains in the world.  Go forth and make! 

You can find a nice selection of Anna Maria Horner voiles at these shops:  Pink Chalk Fabrics, Fabricworm, and Lark Cottons

Enjoy!

67 comments:

  1. wow!!!! these look absolutely stunning!!!! Such gorgeous, gorgeous curtains !!!

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  2. oooohhh I love them. They are stunning. Voile, now that's posh.

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  3. I LOVE those curtains! It looks so good! Your room is really shaping up with the chair covers, the aqua side table, and now the curtains. I keep saying I want to do some home projects like that, but I still haven't. Good for you for actually doing it!

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  4. Oh, they are so pretty! Love how the light filters through them.

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  5. they look beautiful! love all that color.

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  6. Those are stunning curtains, and combined with the patchwork chair cushions = LOVE! I really should expand and add some more decor to my sewing and fill the rest of the house. My couch is being weighed down by quilts anyway. :)

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  7. Absolutely gorgeous, like stained glass windows!

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  8. LOVE!!!!! Absolutely stunning work, and very inspirational. Off to find a curtain tutorial... :-)

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  9. Wow. Totally stunning! What a smart choice to stick with AMH voiles. I think that consistency is what makes these work.

    I think this is a good example of why "brand loyalty" is a smart way to build a stash since their lines tend to build on each other.

    I remember wondering after your "brave" post whether this project would work! That was so much beautiful fabric to cut into! I'm so glad it worked out.

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    1. Yes, I really was nervous too, about the fabric. Working improv with such a large volume of fabric and such special fabric... it felt risky. I did tell myself that I was cutting such big pieces that if I hated it I could use them for something else!

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  10. These are truly wonderful and would look great in my master bedroom, brilliant, love thefrench seams, sunlight can drift through while still providing a bit of privacy without having to give in to boring sheers! I'm itching to get started.

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  11. Rachel, they're beautiful! Are you worried about them getting faded since they're unlined?

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    1. Nope, not worried at all! They may (probably will) fade over time, but I won't let that stop me from enjoying them for now. It's OK if someday I decide to make new curtains!

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  12. sunny, bright, perfect! they just make your room, rachel. fantastic! how wonderful that you could do this yourself, too. sewing's the best. =)

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  13. oh, these are beautiful!! i'm so inspired to make something like this for my new dining room!!

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  14. They are gorgeous! I love how colorful they are without overwhelming your space. I have a stack of voile that I'm not sure how to use, so maybe someday if I can actually get out of our 2 bedroom apartment (where we aren't allowed to paint, hang curtains, etc.) I can do something similar.

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  15. What great light you have! The curtains are a nice touch. Everything is looking really good!

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  16. ooh, so beautiful with the light filtering through. They give the room a whole new look.

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  17. love how these look hanging in your dining room! Love that you took the extra time to sew the French seams too. Beautiful work all around.

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  18. Those really are gorgeous! I have a stack of voile I was thinking of making a patchwork skirt from, but I can't imagine having to line. I just might, though!!

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  19. stunning! i can't get over how beautiful they are...love love love them. your work is incredible!

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  20. Oh my goodness, how I LOVE these curtains! Stunning was the word that came to my mind, too. The light shining through them makes them look amazing!!!

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  21. so, so, so cute!! and they look so great with your aqua shelf in that room!

    -Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

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  22. Love love them, the light filters through them so beautifully. You are doing a beautiful job on your decorating.

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  23. wow. incredibly good good stuff.

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  24. I AM IN LOVE!!!!!! They are gorgeous! You've solved my dilemma for my daughters room.. I know what curtains I am going to make now!

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  25. Oh my, these just radiate light! Gorgeous!

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  26. I did this sort of curtains many years ago, before I knew what a voile was, but this is much lovelier!

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  27. oh rachel! those are the prettiest curtains i've ever seen!!!! so creative! they would make me smile every time i walked into the room. way to go!!! :)

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  28. They really are beautiful.. :) Would you like the dimensions of my windows?? ;)

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  29. Hi!!! Wow!!!! These are beautiful!!!! I love them too!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

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  30. I need these in my life right now ..... how much voile do you think you used?

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    1. Well... I made 4 panels for this very long stretch of windows. I think I probably used about 6 yards? That's a wild estimate!

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  31. Those are so dreamy and cheerful and I love the chair covers, too. Now I am sad I gave away my AMH scraps!

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  32. They are lovely. Do you get direct sun through that window? I can imagine beautiful stained glass type effects if you do. I have always made my own curtains and blinds, but have never made patchwork ones - perhaps it is time to try!

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  33. They make the room warm and comfy :)

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  34. they are beautiful n very summery

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  35. I can definitely see why you're so smitten ;) Quilted/patchwork curtains have been on my to do list ever since I left a quilt top hanging from a drape bar for a week and got to see the light shining through for days :) a loving yours!

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  36. Really pretty! What a great collection of voile fabrics!

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  37. The curtains are almost like having stained glass windows because the voile is sheer enough to let the light in while still providing privacy. Yay for you!

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  38. thank you so much for sharing, these curtains are fabulous. I think you have inspired a lot of us to make voile curtains!

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  39. Ooooooh, you never fail to inspire, Rachel! Fabulous room - I could live there all day long, with a smile on my face!

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  40. These are positively lovely!

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  41. now i now what to do with my own voile collection :)
    i really adore this look - wonderful job!
    any idea how big each of your four panels is?

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    1. Yes! I cut fabrics 15" wide and 22" wide. The narrow panels (outer panels) are composed of one column in each size. The wider panels (two inner panels) have a 22" column and two 15" columns.

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  42. Absolutely stunning. I've been following your posts on making these and I think they are so much more than I had imagined they could ever be when you first posted about them. I can't get over how different they look with the light filtering through them. The effect is truly breathtaking.

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    1. Thanks so much, Paula. As my friends said who came over today.. now it looks like I live here!

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  43. Wow! These curtains are absolutely awesome! I really like how your sense of vision from the beginning of this project is coming to life. This room makes me smile and it isn't even mine. These projects and the pictures are so inspiring! Thank you!

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  44. Stunning! I just love these! I'm making a hexie quilt out of all AMH voile's, but i did briefly consider using the fabrics for curtains, part of me wishes i had, now that i've seen yours :)

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  45. Argh! So good! I can imagine I would just sit and look at them for a very long time! I love the inclusion of the Innocent Crush voiles. Especially in the bigger pieces. Ah, so warm and fun and light! Well done!

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  46. Your curtains are so beautiful and let in soy, diffused light, like a stained glass window!
    I really enjoy your blog!

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    1. meant to type soft, NOT soy!!! giggle giggle!

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  47. Just beautiful! I recently made my own voile curtains for our living room using AMH fabrics too. Mine were just 6" patchwork squares. I love the different sizes of rectangles and squares on yours.

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  48. Looks great! And french seams, of course! I have been puzzling how to make the seams look nice on the wrong side, now I go tmy answer. We actually need something like this, lucky me!

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  49. You cannot have much left on your room makeover list! It is all coming together beautifully - so much more cheerful.

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  50. Beautiful! I love how they look with the light shining through.

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  51. Beautiful curtains, very inspiring. Would love to a close up of those ribbon tabs.

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  52. I've never sewn with voile (actually, I've never seen it or felt it) but I just bought a new house and it needs curtains like these!

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  53. This is gorgeous, perfect for my remodel of my studio

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  54. Hey Rachel, looking at this old post - I've always loved these curtains... Do you think I could use my serger instead of french seams. Thanks!

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    1. I don't have a serger, so take my response with a grain of salt... but I think "yes". As long as you will be happy with seeing the serged seams, I think that would work quite well!

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