Tuesday, June 7, 2011

No Sew Curtains

Junior High HomeEc went well enough for me. I got an A - which was my only priority - but I can't say I walked away with any actual skills. I can't sew, and I really only learned to cook within the past year. Not that I blame Junior High, they did the best they could.

The part that drives me batty is the math. I feel somewhat ridiculous saying this, but I find that numbers fail me. A perfect example is when I hung the fabric frames in our living room. I did the math the ensure that they would all be perfectly even. But somehow, once the nail was in the wall, they were off by an inch or two. This is why I save myself the time and just eyeball things. This greatly annoys Mr. Fix-It - he says I'm cheating and cutting corners. I say it's saving both of us from the aftermath of a hammer being flung across the room. (It's pathetic, really, my patience is ZERO when things don't make sense.)

So,  when I came across a post about  No Sew curtains recently and I knew they were for me. No sewing, no threading needles. But, yes, some math and measuring.

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 Simple enough, right? I'll let you know how it goes.

I actually don't want to make curtains. Well, I do, some day. Right now, I want to make a new shower curtain. It seems like a really feasible project and I already have a template - you know, an existing shower curtain. (That gets a big plus on the measurement front.)

I bought a really loud, fun, pink and green floral shower curtain from Pottery Barn for my first apartment out of college. I looooooved it. It was bold and awesome.

For $75 I considered it a splurge, but I loved it that much. It's been around for seven years, and it lived a good life. Looking back it definitely worked best in small-space bathrooms. It gives a perfect burst of color. Unfortunately, in our current master bath it's just a little off. Something about the scale and the colors and the fact that I've looked at it for seven years. It's time for a break. Anyone want it? Seriously.

Not too long ago I picked up this guy at World Market:

I'm really into the gray, but I'm just not sold on the overall look. (Frankly, the whole master bath needs an overhaul, but I'm not convinced we'll get a sufficient return on investment when resell our condo.) So for now I'll stick with the shower curtain. That leads me to my next question...

What's your favorite place to buy fabrics?


  1. I think I'm going to try to make some no-sew curtains for our new house! I'm interested to hear where people buy fabric from, because I always have a hard time finding fabric that I really like!

  2. I rarely ever buy fabric, so I'm no help. But I just wanted to tell you that I spot the bamboo :) Great job on the curtain.

  3. Oh, you described me perfectly. I am exactly the same with sewing (the math), only I failed my sewing class in high school. I want to be able to do it!! But i just can't grasp it. :/ I have made tablecloths with fabric from Ikea and Stitch Witchery, though - super easy, you just iron it on. I bet the same could be done for curtains...maybe?

  4. If you're seriously looking to get rid of those curtains, I'll take them! I could use some cute ones for our guest bath.

    I haven't bought any fabric from there, but our local Crate and Barrel Outlet has adorable Marimekko fabrics!

  5. You should try The Needle Shop in Bucktown. They have super-cute stuff.


  6. @ Amanda: Thanks for the tip on the Needle Shop! I didn't know about that place!

  7. fabric.com for sure! Was just at the Needle Shop last week & they didn't have a whole lot of new stuff, FYI :)

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