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« on: April 03, 2019 01:14:26 PM »

While I didn't get good progress pictures as I was assembling the valances themselves, these were made from an extra set of my Mom's sheets that she kept (bought over 20 years ago!) when she bought her bed set, in case she couldn't find curtains that she liked. The interior I cut from foamcore boards, and then we laid those over the sheets and cut around them. We made two for her bedroom windows.

Each shape was wrapped in quilt batting, then fabric, then stapled together. The backs were finished with fabric stapled at the top and then folded over to hide the raw edge, then pinned up along the remaining edges and hot glued in place. Dad mounted them to the wall, but that left some very obvious screws showing on the outside, so I made covered buttons to hide the screws, then glued them over top. The buttons took almost as long as the rest of the project, as my mother refused to tolerate wrinkles! I had to gather each button around the metal form by hand, then holding everything taut, push it into the mold and add the backing while not letting go of anything. I couldn't feel my fingers for a while afterward! The extra buttons are to decorate her bed skirt eventually, but that project is her job. Wink


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« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2019 03:17:32 PM »

Using another set of matching sheets for the window treatment is GENIUS!

« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2019 07:42:55 AM »

Pretty! My mom used to buy extra sheets for the same reason, but never did anything like this with them. Usually she just sewed a tube on one end for a curtain rod!  Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2019 07:12:04 AM »

Ah, teh things we do for our mommies. LOL! The windows look great and the button idea worked perfectly.

« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2019 07:20:57 AM »

Ha! It's true, gozer. But then, she did all the raising of a tiny person, so I figure she definitely earned her curtains. Wink I agree about using matching sheets, craftylittlemonkey; she has a lot of good ideas and does a great job planning ahead for things. In this case, like two decades ahead. Now that's commitment. Grin My mom has definitely done the sheets into simple curtains thing over the years, too, Mina. My bedroom curtains as a kid were that way, and so were the curtains in her and my Dad's first apartment. I inherited them, though I would never want them as curtains, I'd love to make a dress someday. Then they would rather come full re-purposing circle. Smiley

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