Thursday, June 13, 2013
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!
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.
#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.)
#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.