I know I had a previous entry about pattern matching but this one is a little different. I cut the adorable birdie fabric that I mentioned in my last post and I am ready to make some valances. Generally when sewing clothing I don’t run into the issue of having to match widths of fabric together, however when talking about home dec… this is something that you can’t escape (unless of course you just always choose solids.)
Here are two widths of fabric that I have side by side so you can see what I am talking about.
When cutting fabric in this case you need to be aware of the pattern and cut with the repeat. Here I used the flower motif as a starting point, each straight cut across the width would be started at this point in the pattern. That way if you need to sew them side by side it will be one continuous repeating pattern.
So here is the hard part… actually sewing it so it looks good.
Sometimes you can get away with just lining up the printers marks (the crosshatch and colored circles on the selvage) and sewing a half inch or more. Sometimes you can also just keep peeking as you sew to make sure things are lined up, but this works best for bigger patterns and more geometric designs.
Now for the birdies, and generally any kind of swirling or more complicated design I take a different approach. In the picture below you can see that I pressed my top edge back so I can see a little piece of the print. I then line up my fabric pieces, right sides together while the one pressed edge will allow me to see part of the pattern.
Line up your pattern but offset it to the right just a smidge, cross your fingers and pray, then sew.
I use the inside edge of my presser foot as a guide right along the pressed edge of my upper fabric. Since we offset the match, the placement of your needle ends up being in the perfect place.
not quite perfect but I think it is acceptable.
Hopefully that made sense to you… let me know if it was a little confusing and I can try to explain when I am more awake…
My wonderful sister asked me
an eternity ago a little while ago to make her window treatments for her new apartment. We discussed simple classic gathered valances for the kitchen. She originally wanted something a little kitschy like chickens, so I marched into my local fabric store intending to find something to live up to her expectations.
Then I saw this!
Who needs chickens when you have these adorable birdies?
When I sent the pic for approval I was met with sheer excitement along the lines of “OMG BIRDIE BIRDIE BIRDIE BIRDIE BIRDIE!!!!”
Approval – Check!
Now after finishing up a few other projects on my plate (and some relaxation time) I am ready to get these valances going!
Alrighty soooo I haven’t finished my curtains yet… I will eventually, I just want to use the blindstitch at work and haven’t had the chance to stay late yet.
Anyway I thought I would share an easy and inexpensive curtain rod solution that I discovered while browsing pinterest. The cheapest rods I found that were more than just a lightweight cafe rod were still close to $15 and nothing too special. Thanks to Lowes I was able to buy a 5 ft piece of metal conduit for $1.68 (they can always cut it down for you but I think this is a nice size for a single window if you have enough wall space on either side.) They had brackets for $4 a piece… or you can use the conduit clips fastened to angle irons totally about $5 for 4! This is a nice option because you can always customize your return amount depending on how deep your window sill and frame are.
I saw suggestions for using cute drawer pulls as finials for just a couple dollars a piece. However… RUN NOW… to Bed Bath and Beyond and you can snag these ball finials on clearance 2 for $1.99 (they are labeled for a kids room but they look pretty adult to me.)
Since the conduit is hollow I will have to secure the finial, I think I will cut cut down some wine corks to pop them in but others have suggested using pieces of a wooden dowel or other scrap wood.
I thought I would share for anyone who was looking for a substantial rod but trying to keep to a budget – the metal finish is just fine for me but once it warms up… I do love a good coat of spray paint!