Monthly Archives: April 2014

DIY Drapery Panel

curtain panel

Making drapery or curtain panels is really not difficult if you can use a tape measure and sew straight lines.  They seem overwhelming, but I promise, they aren’t.  I used a patterned fabric which can be slightly more difficult to get the patterns even on each panel.  If this is your first try you might want to stick to a plain or striped fabric.  These panels are made to be hung on a curtain rod with the rings with clips on them.

First, measure the window to see what the total length you would like the curtain to be when you are finished.  My fabric is 56″ across, so that is the width I started with.

To buy your fabric, measure the total length you need for each panel and add seven inches for hems on the top and bottom.  The lining for each panel should be 3 1/2 inches shorter.

Once you have your fabric cut, find a large place to lay it out.

measuring to cut lining

The lining should be 3 1/2 inches shorter, and six inches narrower.  When measuring to cut, mark the lining with a ruler periodically all the way up the lining and then draw a straight line to help with cutting.

Next, hemming the bottom.  fold the bottom up three inches, then fold over again three inches and pin and iron.  This will add weight to the bottom to help the curtains hang nicely.  Once, you have ironed it, you can sew a line at the top of your fold.  Turn and press a two inch double hem for the lining and sew.

For the top hem, fold the fabric over one inch and do the same for the lining.  Be sure that you are folding over the same way that you folded the bottom hem.

measuring for bottom hem

Then, lay your fabric and lining out on the floor again.  This time have the finished sides of your fabric and lining facing each other.  The lining should be slightly shorter than the drapery.  You want the lining to be a half inch lower on the top than the drapery.

Now it is time to sew the sides.

panel and lining size difference

Line up one side of the drapery with the lining and pin the side.  Sew a seam 1/4 of an inch from the edge and lay the fabric back out on the floor.

side seam


Then unpin and pull the lining to match up with the other side of the fabric.  It will pull your first seam onto the top of your curtain, but it’s OK.  Pin the second side and sew.

panel with sides sewn


Once you have that done, turn the curtain right side out, measure the sides until they are even and iron flat.  You are almost done!

bottom hem curtain tucked corner


The bottom of the curtain should look like this.  You are going to tuck the corner under and hand stitch it closed, being carefull not to sew through the front of your drape.

bottom hem with sewn corner


The bottom is done!  Yay!  Now, let’s finish the top.

top panel hand stitched


You are going to turn the corner under here as week, buut you are also going to do a simple overhand stitch to connect the curtain to the lining.  Again, be careful not to sew through to the front of the panel.

And you are done!  Now you can bask in your success…

curtain panel curtain panel with chandelier




Category: Create

DIY Birthday Banner

birthday banner





I have recently noticed a lot of DIY birthday banners for baby’s first birthday, and I love them!  However, since I am WAY past that, I thought I would make one for my nine year old to be…

I chose a color scheme that I thought my son would like and started my little project.

I printed the letters on card stock and cut them out individually.

banner font banner letter


Then, I made some patterns to trace to make cutting out my pieces easy and uniform.



After that, I chose a picture from each of his eight years to attach to the banner.  Once I had it looking how I wanted, I attached it to twine using ribbon.

birthday ribbon


I decided to overlap the pieces because I didn’t want the banner to become too huge.

birthday banner3


All thats left is to hang up the birthday banner and let the celebration begin!

birthday banner2 birthday banner

Category: Create

DIY Handwriting Pillow




There have been a lot of pillows on pinterest lately with handwriting, and I have liked how they look with a collection of pillows on a bed.  So, I decided to make my own DIY handwriting pillow.  I started with a trip to Hobby Lobby for a ready made pillow cover.  You can make your own pillow cover, but if you haven’t been to Hooby Lobby, they have a wall of pillow covers like this…

pillow wall


They are all $4.99-$7.99 AND you can use a coupon.  The cover I bought was $4.99 before my 40% off coupon.  I also purchased a black fabric marker for about $2.00.

The pillow is folded into a little bag, so I was sure to iron before starting.  I then decided to make a practice sheet out of paper the same size as my pillow.

practice sheet how to measure


I measured and marked every inch, then drew lines across the paper to practice my text.  I am using a poem that is special to me to embellish my pillow.  You can use a poem, a famous quote, words of inspiration…the possibilities are endless! (wink wink).

Once I had it how I wanted it to look, I added lines to my pillow using chalk.  I folded and creased my pillow down the center so I could center my text.

pillow with fold pillow with lines


You can place a cardboard cereal box inside of your pillow before using the fabric pen to prevent bleading through to the back of the pillow.

cardboard fill


Then, write out your text on the pillow in pencil before writing it with fabric marker.

pencil on pillow

Last but not least, trace what you have written in fabric marker.  The marker I used says to let it dry for 24 hours before washing.  Once it is washed, the pencil and chalk will wash away and you will be left with your own work of art!



This will soon be on my bed, but that is currently in remodel mode…


Category: Create

DIY Painted Glass Jars

painted jar display

I have been playing around with painting glass jars, but was struggling with paint that would hold up to water if I wanted to use it hold flowers.

This is the picture that inspired my little project for this week.

magazine cover


So, I gathered my supplies.

painted jar suppliesMartha Stewart paint

These are paints by Martha Stewart that I purchased at Joann’s for $2.99 a piece. I bought the package of brushes for $2.  The large jar is from a jar of Wegman’s sauce and the smaller jar that I paint blue (it’s not in this picture) was from a scented candle.

painting jar

I ended up painting three coats in the jars.  The directions on the paint say that it takes 21 days to cure, but you can even clean them in the dishwasher after that.

So, the finished project…

painted jars

And properly displayed with some flowers I bought at the store, and some clippings of the, very few, green things in my yard this time of year…

painted jar display


Category: Create

DIY Mail Organizer

finished paper organizer






I am sure I can’t be the only person with this unused space.  An organizer for all of the mail and school work seemed the perfect use of it.

counter over hang

I was so tired of the piles of paper on the counter or the kitchen table, between school work, mail, fliers for uncoming events…I just knew there had to be a better way.  My husband and I had struggled with what to do with this space for years.  We had thought about wine racks, or shelves, but never committed.  Then I came up with this.

We bought carpenter’s grade plywood, and measured for the size that we needed for our counter overhang.  Because there are four members of our family, we made for shelves.  I then finished the cabinet with the same finish as the rest of the cabinets.

paper organizer


I added drawers that are actually the bottom of gift boxes, which just happen to be the perfect size.

finished paper organizer


Then I added black drawer pulls and initials for each of our first names.

Thankfully the piles on my counter are gone and I am no longer searching for the paper with the date of the kindergarten concert…

Category: Organize