i did it! after months of this fabric sitting in my cupboard i finally made my curtains. and there’s even some leftover fabric for a pillow or two! yay.

so … what do you think?

i love them.

the process of sewing them was really smooth. i did learn a few things for the next time i made curtains. but there is no tutorial here. i’m just lucky they are made and hung. i loosely used this tutorial and this tutorial as a guide.

and they are not perfect.

but perfect is overrated.

i love that i made them.

i love that they are original and that no other house in this whole world has curtains like these. there’s something to be said for that.

and i still love this fabric. and now i get to look at it everyday.

and for those of you that have a sewing machine that’s still in a box … or unused. don’t be afraid. trust me. if i can do it. you can do it.

and besides … what do you have to lose.

*UPDATE* the fabric is an antique store find – totally vintage.

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  • The Boston Lady at

    I like them very much and the best part is exactly as you said, you made them and they are not perfect. Altho they look so to me! Ann

  • Joanna at

    I love it! Such inviting colors. Great job!

  • Erin at

    I love the fabric choice Michael!!

    And if someone is looking close enough at your curtains to know they aren’t perfect…kick ’em out! πŸ˜‰

  • Carrie Me! at

    They look beautiful!

    I have those same curatin rods in my dining room…yay Walmart! πŸ˜‰

  • Anonymous at

    Great job Michael and yes all of you can be jealous because as Michaels mom I can see them for real and wish that my curtains that Ive been trying to finish
    forever were done.

  • poindextr at

    they look so nice! You did a great job. Yay πŸ™‚

  • Camille @ The Vintique Object at

    Yes, yes! about there not being any other house with curtains like those. That’s the beauty of a handmade item. I really like the fabric you chose. So punchy!

  • Kristen (aka KC) at

    I love them… I have been tempted to buy a sewing machine and sew my own. I haven’t sewn anything since highschool but I think I can do it.

    You have inspired me with your charm and sewing skills πŸ™‚
    Happy Friday!

  • Ellie at

    They look perfect from here! Great job. I pulled out the old sewing machine recently too-fun!

  • slip4 at

    Your curtains are beautiful! If they aren’t perfect, you’d never know it!

  • Mrs. 5C at

    Your curtains are BEAUTIFUL!!! Great fabric choice!
    Also… I LOVE the new blog header! πŸ™‚

  • Amanda M. at

    I LOVE them. You need to come to my house and make curtains!! πŸ™‚

  • Ali Richardson at

    PRETTY!!! They look gorgeous! I’m so nervous about learning to sew, but when I do, I know I’ll be hooked!

  • KatiePerk at

    Wow! I adore the fabric. They look great!

  • Kim @ NewlyWoodwards at

    Gorgeous, for real. I can’t believe THIS is the first thing you’ve made. Really? Can’t you do something mediocre-ly? You are giving me a complex. I’m not sure that I could handle curtains (I hate sewing large things) and I’ve been sewing for a while.

    Okay, I’m over my pity party. The curtains are amazing. The colors are perfection.

  • Robin at

    You did a fantastic job! The look so stunning and really finishes the space so nicely. Love the fabric.

  • Laura at

    WOW! So clean and classy. Love it!

  • Anne at

    Those are beautiful! I LOVE the fabric!

  • Trinidad Bay Bed & Breakfast at

    Your curtains are beautiful! They look they they came out of a Pottery Barn magazine! Good job sewing those. I love the little ring clips. I have those in my kitchen. Your blog is so inspiring!

  • Chris at

    The curtains are lovely. The fabric is great, and it ties everything together. Well done!

  • Cindy at

    I totally love that floral fabric! And what’s prettiest about it is the unusual color combo. Not your any-old-usual-flower-colors colors!! πŸ™‚ You did great.

  • Taija at

    Sewing something yourself is SO satisfying. Great job! And perfect is totally over rated, although they look perfect to me! So charming!

  • Stacy at

    Beautiful pictures! They turned out great!

  • Tausha at

    I agree-perfect is totally overrated!! Well said! I would glue those-you think would work? I can’t sew, but I am the queen of glue! Where is that fabric from? Fabulous! I think I need some. Thanks for the inspiration!!
    (sorry for all the exclamation points-guess you are that awesome!) :0)

  • ann @ my life as prose. at

    i *love* these!! great job on them!! i recently made my own window treatments, and it’s a fantastic feeling to have something custom that you love πŸ™‚ congrats!

  • April in CT at

    Those look gorgeous! I love the colors in the fabric, the little touch of turquoise with the rusty red is one of my favorite color combos. Beautiful job!

  • Krista at

    They are beautiful, you should be so proud πŸ™‚

  • Gabriela at

    Such elegance, Michael! You certainly have an eye for decorating and these curtains add just the right touch to your landing windows. Versace, move over!

  • kpaints at

    Great job….just lovely! I can tell…you are having fun now! Love your blog…just signed up.

  • Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims at

    i love the curtains! great fabric, and I certainly can’t tell that they are not perfect.

    I’m from philly area too! cooolll. πŸ™‚

  • Jennifer at

    Really great job! What did you use as a backing? I needed extra insulation so I used canvas drop cloth as my back. Your fabric is lovely and you really did well. Very stylish and the best part? Bragging rights that you did it! Go you!

  • April at

    Wow! You did a fabulous job and your fabric is gorgeous. I am having such a hard time making design decisions for my house and I want to just put it of even longer but every time I visit your blog I get so inspired! Thanks so much for sharing all your fabulous ideas. You seriously motivated me! I hope you’ll come link up again this week at my Sew Crafty Party!

    http://wildflowersandwhimsy.blogspot.com/2011/01/agape-love-boutique-giveaway-sew-crafty.html

  • Shelia at

    You should be so proud – your curtains are beautiful! The fabric you chose is gorgeous and your curtains look perfect to me.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia πŸ˜‰

  • Michelle (www.thereallifemom.blogspot.com) at

    Beautiful! I am in LOVE with your fabric choice! I actually just took my sewing machine out of the box for the first time and had myself a little lesson! I might be jumping the gun but curtains are totally on my to-do list…thanks for the inspiration!

  • Katy at

    Oh Michael they are just lovely. I love the blinds, rod, just everything. Whenever I sew panels like that the edge seams never lay quite right, but who cares! πŸ˜‰

  • Kelly O. at

    oh my! they are GORGEOUS!!

  • Melissa at

    The blinds and the fabric look fabulous together. Good job!

  • pk @ Room Remix at

    Awesome! They certainly don’t look like a beginner project! Very pretty…

  • wernersgreenacres at

    Just popped into your blog and LUV it!!! PLEASE tell me what the name of this curtain fabric is….it’s wonderful!!!

  • Ashley at

    Will you show a picture of your hallway leading up to the curtains? I want to see what the circle wall art looks like front on!

    Just found your blog today and am sad I didn’t find it sooner!

  • Kristi @ Addicted 2 Decorating at

    You’ve done a beautiful job!! I’m quite impressed! The fabric is amazing. Congratulations on finishing this project. Perhaps I’ll feel inspired now. I’ve had fabric for my living room draperies sitting in a cabinet for about a year now.

  • TheCraftInMe at

    Pretty fabric, they look professionally done!

  • Tammy@InStitches at

    They look great to me and doesn’t it feel good to have it done ! Congrats on winning Eddie’s give away.

  • The Sterling Cherub at

    What do I think? I think they are freakin’ gorgeous! Kudos to you for SEWING DRAPES! I am in awe. That fabric looks stunning as drapes and I’m betting it looks equally gorgeous as pillows.

    You say they are not perfect, though they look that way to me. I’d love to find out from you any problems you ran into during the process, and what you’d watch out for next time or do differently. My BFF wants to sew some huge drapes for his fabulous sky pad and I’d love to help him, but I think having some tips from someone who has “been there” would be invaluable. I think all your readers would love some tips!

    Best,

    Kimberly

  • Heather@The Black's Best at

    These are beautiful. I love how you used the rings at the top and the pattern on your fabric is perfect!

  • Jane@Little House of Projects at

    I LOVE the fabric! You’ve got a great color scheme going. And really cool photo angles. Thanks for sharing.

  • Carrie at

    Nice job on the curtains, looks like the work of a professional to me. Just used the same color combo in my master bedroom and am looking for fabric for curtains. Do you mind sharing your fabric choice & resource?

  • bj at

    Hi..I’m new here..came over from Miss Mustard Seed..and so glad I did. You have an amazing blog and I am totally in luv with your curtains. You did a fabulous job..
    and don’t you know that “it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful”!!!
    I am a great grandmother and have never learned to like sewing. It makes me throw hissy fits and pull my hair out. I made drapes for my daughter’s house once…and nevah again! :)) But, you did so good.
    Now, I am going to look at your first quilt. You, my dear, are an amazing person.
    I think I’ll just link up to follow you..:)
    Come see me sometime.
    bj

  • nouveaustitch at

    Awesome job on the draperies! The fabric is perfectly perfect. Now that you have that first pair under your belt, you’ll be sewing up a storm!

    I just posted a listing of online home dec fabric resources on my blog called The Fabric Files that Carrie (above comment) might find useful.

    Ellen

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