It’s Curtains

I have several bolts of cotton/polyester and vinyl material that I purchased at auction from Repurposed Materials. I had in mind that I would sew window quilts because the house originally had them as extra window insulation. I also wanted to have plenty of material to sew outdoor cushions and to cover the dining room chairs, etc. Believe me I have more than enough!

We are having guests next week and now that the master bedroom is set up, I am going to have them stay there. However the bedroom does not yet have a door and the room faces the street and I thought they might be self conscious to sleep without privacy.  I decided to use the material I have to make a few curtains. I started with some rough burlap like material, but I was not too fond of the flaws in the weave. It is a cool material just not for curtains. I put a piece over an outdoor chair and found it is waterproof!

I switched to a roll labeled pack cloth. From the way this material behaves I believe it has a lot of cotton in it. It is a heavy shirting type of material in a bright white and I think it made really nice weight curtains. I have a relatively new sewing machine, a Singer Quantum Stylist 9960. It is a very nice machine and has several stitches to choose from. I even experimented with some of the decorative stitches but the curtains seem too large to decorate with the small stitches. With the family room furniture in place, I was able to use the new table as a sewing table.

Sewing machine

Sewing machine

Basically I wanted something simple that I could hang from shower rods. I bought some snap together cut out rings for the window curtains.

Window Curtains

Window Curtains

I had some clip on rings that I used for the outside door curtain. I just hung this one from four small brads nailed into the trim above the window pane.

Curtain on outside door

Curtain on outside door

I bought more rings to hang a curtain at the interior door to the bedroom too. One of the hardest parts was ironing all that cotton! It required a hot steam iron and elbow grease.

Ironing cotton!

Ironing cotton!

The material is 56″ wide so one width worked fine for this doorway.

Privacy curtain closed

Privacy curtain closed

The rings allow the curtains to open and close quite easily.

Privacy curtain opened

Privacy curtain opened

I will add a curtain to the family room bathroom too. That makes it easier for guests to use.

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