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    Hello Everyone,

    I haven't written in for a long time because we sold our house we had
    lived in for 20 years, bought a "new" smaller and cheaper one, and moved
    in November. I've been so busy with the move and the holidays that I've
    barely had time to do anything else. The good thing about the move is we
    will be cutting our expenses by $300 to $400 a month, and so far I
    really love the new place!

    Now to my question: Our new house has mini blinds at all of the windows
    except the kitchen, but no drapes, curtains or valances! I've been doing
    a little catalog looking and the prices for window treatments are
    outrageous! I know how to sew, and I was thinking maybe I could make
    some of them. Does anyone know of any good websites with directions for
    making window treatments? Or do any of you have any suggestions for
    attractive but inexpensive curtains?


    I love this list, it is so full of great tips!

    Nancy Ann in Ohio
    Date: Fri Jan 3, 2003 10:38 pm
    Subject: Question: Making Drapes and Valances

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    I'm having the same problem. We moved into a beautiful old home that has 11
    windows, including sash windows next to the front door and even a square window
    in the front door. For 800 square feet that seems like a lot of windows. And
    all of them have ugly mini blinds, except the sash windows and front door,
    which are bare and very exposed. Any suggestions for window coverings would be
    greatly appreciated. I especially need to find curtain rods that are 12 inches
    wide for the sash windows and some way to cover the window in the front door.
    It makes our living room quite a little fish bowl.

    Sheila
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    From: "Sheila Kyer"
    Date: Sat Jan 4, 2003 12:02 am
    Subject: Question: Making Drapes and Valances

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    For myself I have a couple of matching silk fringed scarves draped over a
    set of fancey black curtain rods in my livingroom The windows are tall and
    narrow and have blinds. The scarves go to a costume that I wear during the
    Ren Faire during the spring, so the rest of the year they hang in front of
    my windows. The blinds keep them from suffering fading from the sun.
    For my kitchen, my grandmother made me some simple cafe curtains for my
    kitchen/dinning room. They are just two levels of white cotton fabric cut
    into rectangles with casings and some blue and white print fabric forthe
    ruffles along the edges and accross the top of the top curtain. These were
    $1 a yard fabric from wal-mart. They didn't have enough of the blue and
    white to make the whole curtain, but htere was enough for the ruffles and
    about 4 cloth napkins. I never got the napkins though. My grandma chose it
    because the pattern is of blue willow plates and that is what my dishes are.
    The curtains are hung from the cheap adjustable curtain rods you can get at
    most stores. The curtains cover them completely so it didn't matter.
    If you have fabric warehouses in your area you can also pick up some nice
    drapery fabrics cheap. In Dallas there are several such warehouses at Peth
    and Harry Hines.
    Melia

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    If you aren't going to put anything really heavy on them you can always make
    your own curtain rods for thos 12" wide windows. Go to your local craft store
    and buy the 1/2 thick dowels and some ends for them you like. They have
    several. If you like the wroght Iron look you can spray paint them a flat
    black. You can pick up hangers for them at either your local Wal-Mart / Fred
    Meyer or maybe even there at your craft store depending on where you live.

    I would make tag style curtains (it's just because it's one of the easiest and
    one of my favorites) then hang them on the dowels and TADA! Wonderful looking
    curtains for your two sash windows.

    The dowels can be made for any length you need up to about 3 feet if you aren't
    using a very heavy fabric to make your curtains from. If you are only doing
    the sash windows with them that's fine, they should hold up pretty well no
    matter what weight of fabric you are using.

    Emily Y.

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    Sheila,
    For the front door go to your local wal-mart etc and
    get either cafe rods or the little spring rods just a
    little larger then the window. Take the measurement
    of the door window and divide in half multiply by two
    add three inches to the sides (this is for a one and a
    half inch seam each side), and two and half inches to
    the top and bottom (again this will be for hems). Buy
    cheap sheets that will allow you to cut out these
    measurements-try second hand stores if you want. Cut
    out your fabric to following the above measurements
    (you will be cutting out two of these). On the each
    verticle side fold over 1/2 inch and then fold over
    1/2 inch again stitch down. On the top fold over 1/4
    inch and then fold down two inches (double check this
    measurement with the rod size) and stitch very close
    the the folded edges. Now do the same for the bottom
    of both panels. Put hang on rods (one for the top of
    the window and one for the bottom of the window).
    Next you might want to make sash that will allow you
    to sinch in the middle of each panel. Figure out what
    size you want (width and lenght-how big or small of a
    sinch you want) double that measurement. Fold in half
    and stitch near lenghtwise edges and one of the small
    edges. Turn out and fold under unstitched edge and
    stitch closed. Voila window panels for your door.
    hth
    Marva

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    My mom used a twig in her "studio" as her rod... it is really cute! That
    was a trend in the little shops in Malibu *my sis leaves near there and
    frequent the quaint shops*. I picked up lots of white sheer curtains at a
    yard sale *actually a church rummage sale* that I am planning on using for a
    patchwork canopy for my daughter~ one of these days! Was going to dye them
    the colors of her room *yellow, purple, pink* and just sew them together!
    Ahhhh... like I said~ one of these days!!!

    Just a little idea!!

    Veronica

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    Didnt see this mentioned here but saw it someplace else that I cannot
    remember. Flat bedsheets can be used for curtains. Sometimes a sheet can
    be bought for a lot cheaper than the material would otherwise. Also this
    helps if you have an unusually large windo and dont want seems. And sheets
    come in such a huge variety of colors and patterns that finding one to match
    your decor should be not too hard at all. ANother plus is that sheets can
    often outlast most curtains you buy, if you consider washing them often

 

 
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