This is Not a Window Shade Tutorial.

We’ve lived here in this house since last April.  And right after we moved in, I told my father-in-law that I was going to hang a curtain over our kitchen window because having an open window, staring out into the black nothingness always makes me feel like there HAS GOT to be a creeper standing out there watching me.  Or, at the very least, we have no secrets from our neighbors.  šŸ˜‰

So, last June, I bought fabric! ….

… And this week (8 months later), I made the curtains!  Yay, go me!  (ha).

I had visions of really cute tied up toile fabric curtains hanging in my kitchen.  Well, I got the toile part right (no thanks to me).  This is not going to be a tutorial, because let’s face it, this isn’t the best looking curtain I’ve seen.  I’m not even going to pretend that it’s decent sewing, because it’s not.  It was a rushed “omg.  I need to get a curtain up so that strangers will stop staring at me through my window!  I know, I’ll whip up something during Zeek’s 30 minute nap!”

It turned out a little wonky, but it’s okay.  It works.  It serves the purpose.  šŸ™‚  And when it’s “tied up”, it looks fairly normal.  And it will only be down when we are here by ourselves at night, so no guests will ever notice my poor sewing, right?!

Well, here she is:

Not too bad when it’s up.  And here she is down, in all her glory (sarcasm):

See?  She’s a little wonky around the edges.  My troubles started when I decided last minute that this needed to be a lined curtain.  The only thing I had to line it with wasn’t quite big enough…so I sewed large hems to “meet” the lining.   And wonky lines commenced.  But I’m over it.  I don’t care anymore. 

I’m sorry to all you awesome sewers (not sewers like sanitary sewer systems.  Like sew-er’s. ), that find this hideous.  You can stand outside my house and stare at it and hate me through my curtained kitchen window, for all I care.  šŸ˜‰

So, all I did was sew the fabric long and wide enough for the window, added a loop over (technical, much?) thingy for the curtain rod, and added 4 ribbons – two on each side, with velcro on the ends to hold the curtain up in the day time.  I think I’m going to add some little bows to the ribbon to make it a wee bit fancier and to maybe look like it’s actually “tied”.

Do you always feel like someone’s on the other side of a dark window, too?  Or am I just a weeny?

Love, K



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