Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Tackle it Tuesday: Princess Room Redo Part 3

We are back from our vacation travels and for some reason instead of getting hit with the normal Sunday afternoon nap attack, I was hit with the urge to finally sew the curtains I have been promising Princess for her room. I cleared the dining room table, pulled out the various materials I had purchased (a loooooong time ago, it seems) and started measuring. I was happy that I kept chanting the mantra "Measure twice, cut once" and was able to do both curtain panels without having to rip out a seam or recut a piece. It felt like it took forever to actually get to the machine and start sewing, but taking the extra time measuring, cutting and pinning really made the difference. I couldn't find the dark pink thread I had bought and really didn't want the hem with white thread so I dug out some Stitch Witchery that had been sitting in my sewing box since the dark ages, since junior high 4H club, for a really long time, and ironed up a nice invisible hem.
I took a break with the family to hit the community pool and scrounge up some supper and then got back to the curtains. When I went to bed I had one completely done and the other was just needing a couple more hems. When I originally bought the material for the comforter cover I didn't buy enough extra of the cherry print to make curtains but I had some extra light pink, but not enough to make the curtains long enough. I need to work on measuring and figuring out quantities before buying, especially sale/clearance fabric. I also realized I would want some of the print for her pillow cover so I went back to the store but they didn't have any more. A neighboring store had some but it was twice as expensive so I could only buy a little bit. That's when I though I would piece the fabric with some other colors for a stripe/banding effect. I like how it came out ... I have tons of the green and hot pink left over so I will be thinking about how I can use those for other things ... some throw pillows come to mind.
Hubby's comment when he saw them the next morning was "it looks like a sheet." I wasn't sure how to take that, but I did want to make it clear that I worked hard and created that effect "all by myself", unlike the curtains in my kitchen where I did "cheat" and just hem a sheet.
Here are the end results:

Close up of the creative piecing.

Princess with her new curtains. She even dressed to color coordinate!

Head on over to 5 Minutes for Mom to see what others are tackling this week.

Last night, Hubby decided to whip out the power tools and make a bunk bed. We put our youngest son in the Princess room on her trundle bed which made some more room in the boys' room but seriously cramped her room since we had to leave floor space free to pull the bed out every night. A bunk bed was the solution but no $ for one right now. Enter the King of Trash. Ü He used the last of the 2x4's that kept our stuff from shipping in our moving container and a board or two that he had trash-picked and rigged a way to raise her bed up and then we could set up the trundle underneath it permanently. Now I have the floor space free to move her little table back in her room and the space under the bed for her toybox. The bed is very functional but not too pretty. I am thinking I could at least take the leftover white paint from the walls and paint the wood. Any other suggestions?

What it lacks in cuteness it makes up for in functionality and price. Plus the kids love being "up high".


The SC Elwarts said...

Very cute curtains. It's amazing what happens with a little of this and a little of that.

Jennifer Sprague, All Natural Mommies said...

I LOVE the curtains - VERY VERY cute!!!