…without taking the curtain down.
Last week one of the projects on my list was photographing my dining room for a blog post. And as I was cleaning and fluffing the decor, so I could get at the shoot, I kept looking at my curtains.
This is what my dining room curtains have looked like for years now. When I made them I intended for them to just brush the floor or hang just slightly above. As in, 1/8th of an inch slightly, not 3 to 4 inches slightly! But this was how they ended up and I just lived with it.
Till now. I decided it wouldn’t take much time and effort to just add a ruffle to the bottom to get the length I wanted. Out came the hot glue gun – I didn’t even want to take the time to take them down to sew the ruffle on. Taking them down would have led to having to wash them and that was just taking too much time. I was behind schedule anyway. ( I really didn’t have time to be adding the ruffle but when I decide I want something done I usually figure out a way to accomplish it)
So I scooted my dining room table over to the curtains, plopped the end of the curtain on the table and waited for the glue to get hot.
I tore a piece of drop cloth a few inches wider than I needed and figured how much overlap I had and started glueing.
I ran a section of hot glue along the line I wanted the ruffle attached to, and then scrunched the fabric up as I went. If you work quickly you can scrunch a bit after the fabric hits the glue.
Work one section and then add more glue and work another section.
I went back and glued some of the ruffled parts down more as I went too.
I glued till I got to the other side of the curtain panel and just cut off the extra. I embrace the raw edge look I started out with the first panel using the hemmed edge of my drop cloth for the bottom. Since I ended up not having enough to do both panels with an edge that was already hemmed, I tore the hem off the first ruffle and embraced the raw edges even more
I think it really added a cottage-y feel to the room. Changed the look and feel more than I thought it would. I love the look but honestly I’m not convinced it is really ‘me’. This room needs a new paint job along with the living room. When that happens, no doubt I will make new curtain panels too. Repainting is such a huge job – I keep putting it off. For now I love that my curtains touch the floor and I think the ruffle is a fun bit of fluff.
Sew a Fine Seam
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