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May 27, 2009 Sarah Coggins

When we bought our home in 2003, I made the curtains for almost every window in the house including a pair of light yellow panels for the sliding glass doors in our dining room and a matching roman shade for over the sink in the adjoining kitchen.

Fast forward to a few months ago when I took down the panels to wash. They needed a good cleaning between dust, cat fur and general age. I thought I had used fabric that was washer & dryer safe. After cleaning, I ironed the wrinkles out, hung them up and … oops! They were about 4 inches shorter:

We decided to leave them up for the time being (they still worked – just looked a little funny) while I decided what to do. I considered purchasing new panels and a matching shade, but couldn’t find anything that I liked enough and for a price I liked. Instead I thought I might find a coordinating fabric and extend the existing panels.

On Friday while fabric shopping for the ribbon blanket and nursing cover, I came across a striped fabric that I thought would be perfect. On a whim, I went ahead and bought it. I pre-washed all of the fabrics that night to be sure I don’t repeat my mistake in the future. Sunday I checked the measurements of the existing panels and created new top sections for each:

Then on Monday I made a matching valance to hang in front of the roman shade in our kitchen:

Altogether I spent about $25 on supplies including the spring rod to hold the valance – a mere fraction of what it would have cost to completely replace them with store bought options. And now we have a look we both like that’s unique to our home.


  • Lida May 27, 2009 at 9:16 am
    That looks awesome Sarah and gives me some ideas of curtains to hang in the ever evolving scraproom. You are great sewing!
  • Linda May 27, 2009 at 9:27 am
    I like how you solved your problem with your curtains. You have been busy with all the baby projects, good for you! The booties and sweater your mom made are beautiful. Glad to hear that the baby is still doing well.
  • Ailurophile May 27, 2009 at 11:25 am
    I like the new look. It's pretty. Love your products on Etsy. You are quite talented. Hope you had a Happy Memorial Day. Good to have come across your blog! Take care :)
  • Debbie May 27, 2009 at 11:47 am
    Very clever, they look great!
  • Darcey May 27, 2009 at 12:41 pm
    Very cool idea! They look great!
  • KarenSue May 27, 2009 at 3:04 pm
    these are so pretty and you really are nesting! love all your projects!!
  • emily May 27, 2009 at 9:01 pm
    Those curtains are beautiful! I wish I knew how to is hard to find just the right set of curtains. And your home is gorgeous! Love seeing it!
  • Laura May 28, 2009 at 11:12 am
    You are so crafty! I am jealousss! ;) The curtains look gorgeous!
  • Cheri June 7, 2009 at 11:21 pm
    The curtains look fabulous!
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