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21  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Santa's elves' workshop on: December 30, 2013 03:56:25 AM
WOWza good job!
22  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Two UFO pocketmirrors Daytime and Nighttime on: December 21, 2013 09:14:05 AM
Cute and creative! Great job!
23  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: A very discouraging project...don't underestimate curtains (img heavy) on: December 19, 2013 07:07:02 PM
I used your advice about the rings while making myself a curtain a few days ago, thank you!

Hooray! I LOVE knowing that I helped someone!
24  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: A very discouraging project...don't underestimate curtains (img heavy) on: December 14, 2013 10:29:09 AM
Thank you so much everyone! And extra thanks to stillatthetop for the great suggestions! Cheesy
25  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / A very discouraging project...don't underestimate curtains (img heavy) on: December 13, 2013 06:05:04 PM
A couple months ago, my boyfriend and I bought our first house. Woohoo! As soon as we started closing, we went inside the house and took measurements so I could make curtains. I got some basic tips from Diana Rupp's book SEW and bought my fabric. Now, this entire time, I kept thinking, "Rectangles. I can sew rectangles. I've sewn clothing for myself, and I'm so picky about how things fit my body!" Joke was on me. I don't know what my deal was, but I seemed to mess up every measurement, every cut, every stitch. Anyway, after several weeks of slaving away (seriously, this project was so much bigger than I'd expected), I finally finished my six sets of upholstery suede drapes.

A couple things I learned the hard way from this project (and advice from others):

1. The book SEW explained how to figure the number of rings you need. Really, it was exactly the method I had figured. But after several times of confusing the heck out of myself, I figured out a WAY better way. Fold your curtain in half. Make a small mark on the inside of the fold with chalk. Fold the left side into the center. Mark this as well. Fold the right side into the center. Mark likewise. Keep doing this until it looks like an appropriate amount of rings. WAY easier and more dummy-proof than calculating, especially when you're sewing the rings like I did.

2. Wider rings work so much better. Some of my curtains have one-inch rings. They were harder to sew on straight, and they didn't help keep the curtains' shape as well. My guest bedroom curtains have three-inch-wide rings, and they look so much better and were much more manageable.

3. This tip is the most important: Cut your curtains like you would any other projects (that is, accounting for the hem) except ADD an additional inch or two to the bottom. Cut, sew, hem, finish, etc. the top edge and both sides. Leave the bottom raw. Hang the curtains and let them drape for a week or two. THEN go back and hem the bottom, making very sure to measure carefully, because many windows are actually not straight due to settling of the house. If you don't have time to let the curtains drape, at least take my advice and hem the bottom very last after carefully inspecting the actual length that needs to be hemmed. I very wrongfully assumed that, like all the other hems, I would just hem up the amount that I calculated. Turns out the stitching had shortened the sides more than I expected, so the corners of my curtains are extra-high.

Hope you have better luck than I did! And sorry the white balance is really off in these pictures...

Living room:

Bedroom (just realizing how brown it is...geez) (did paneling, because I got too little blue- did the "little leaf stitch" in blue on the brown hem and in brown on the blue hem where the panels meet):



Guest bedroom:

26  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: Need more storage in bathroom on: October 04, 2013 06:10:46 AM
What about doing recessed cabinets in that wall on the left? They wouldn't be very deep, but you could make them pretty wide. This is an incredible set-up, by the way. I'm jealous. We just bought a house last Friday, and the bathroom is our least favorite part. The sink is pedestal style, so there are no cabinets or drawers or even a counter. The sink just barely, *barely* fits in the clearance of 32", so even when we replace it with a sink/counter/cabinet combo, it's going to be tiny.
27  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Replace window with drywall nook on: October 02, 2013 07:47:48 PM
I've been searching around the internet for a particular project that I thought would be more common but apparently is not (or I don't know how to find it).

I just closed on my first house last Friday (yay!), and I want to make a modification to one of the windows. This window is in our dining room and currently looks at the side of the neighbor's house. If we can turn the carport into a garage, this window will be staring into the garage. Either way, it's totally unnecessary. It currently has two towels nailed up just so nobody can look inside.

Anyway, I want to remove the window and fill the space with drywall to make a little nook where we would keep salt and pepper, knick-knacks, etc. But what do we have to worry about for this project? Can we just put a layer of insulation between two sheets of drywall?
28  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Blind hem stitch on upholstery on: September 19, 2013 07:40:26 PM
I'm making drapes for our new house, which we close on in a week. I want desperately to do a blind hem stitch at least along the bottom (already gave up for the side hems), but I cannot make this work. The thread just wants to stay really bunched. I've tried increasing the stitch length. Is this happening because I'm using very heavy fabric and/or thread? Do I need to change tension? Ideas on how to make this work? Oh, and I'm using a 110/18 needle. Biggest they had.
29  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: New Cropped Hoodie Pullover on: August 29, 2013 05:35:17 PM
SOOO cool! It looks awesome and unique, and hounds tooth is the very best thing ever. Great job!
30  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Simple wrap skirt on: August 29, 2013 05:34:28 PM
Thank you very much Cheesy
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