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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Polka Dot Finale

I'm finally out of the polka dots I was buried in for weeks.  I thought you might like to see the finished project and a little tutorial on making the curtains with the grommet tape. 
I bought extra sheets to make the curtains and duvet cover.  So all the beds are made with either the polka dot or the stripe sheets.  The duvet cover has the dot on one side and the stripe on the other, then buttoned at the bottom.   The duvet is on the top bunk only.  It's so much easier to make the top when you don't have to tuck in all the sheets and blankets.

The curtains were really easy.  I started by cutting a full size sheet in half  lengthwise.  Then putting narrow  hem on both sides, keeping the top hemmed side of the sheet for the finished bottom.  After measuring the window length and allowing an extra inch for the top I cut the sheet to the needed length. 

I had purchased grommet tape by the yard,  it comes with the grommets for the back side in the tape.  Then I had to buy the finishing piece for the front, and it just snaps on after the tape is sewn down.  The curtains ended up being just about an inch wider on both sides then the grommet tape.  It took a yard for each panel.   It takes an even number of grommets for each panel. 
After pressing about an inch down on the top I laid the grommet tape across the top wrong side of the curtain panels and stitched it down on the marked lines.  I set the tape down about 1/4 inch from the top according to the instructions that came with the tape and centered left to right of the panel.    There are 2 stitching lines, one just above the grommet and another just below the grommet. 

The next step is to cut out  the hole within the grommet.  Then turn the curtain over and pop the grommet cap thru the hole, this gives you the finished front.   It took quite a push to pop it into place. 
I sewed a piece of the contrast stripe fabric across the lower part of the front of the curtain and finished with some embroidery stitches by machine in blue and lime green thread.   There are funny little plastic tabs on the back that hold the folds in place.  I didn't intend for these to close over the window only add a little window dressing on the sides.  I extended the rod a little beyond the window so the window wasn't covered much.  Each panel, finished size is about 38 inches wide by 63 long. 
Finished,  well almost.  I have a couple of pillows to cover with left over scraps then all will be matching.  My daughter already had denim comforters on the other 2 beds.

Now to finish the paintings I was doing for this room and it'll be time to move on to another room. 

Thanks for visiting. 

Cynthia Eloise

15 comments:

Becolorful said...

Very fun. I have always been a fan of polka dots. How cheery are these.
Pam

Bella said...

great idea, I am getting my swing machine back from a friend on Monday, I have a few projects I need to tackle...

Andria said...

Great polka dots! What a great project. Happy WOYWW!

Julia Dunnit said...

They look marvellous - the roomlooks so fresh and welcoming. Fab job!

Mary C. Nasser said...

What an inspiring post!
I had never heard of grommet tape...how cool!!

Becolorful said...

eloise,
I was looking for something on my computer tonight and couldn't find it so I hit my history and reopened the last closed window which was your blog. This was not what I was looking for but for some reason I noticed the Alzheimer's Quilt badge. I often times read your blog in reader and just see the post and not the whole blog. I didn't know what the quilts were all about but I was curious. I thought you would be interested to know that my dad died with Alzheimer's at the age of 74 in late 2008. There was a beautiful golden leaf quilt that reminded me of him and it is now on the way to my home. Thank you for sharing this or I would never have known about it.
Pam

Spyder said...

Happy WoYwW I think!! ( i can't find any links, blogger is a pain!) Lovely colours
(lyn)

okienurse said...

Awesome project! I love how just changing the drapery and coverlets change the whole attitude of a room. Love the colors! Thanks for sharing. Vickie #46

Hearthandmade said...

those look absolutely fab!! seriously! I was tempted to make curtains for my living room but i have a giant giant bay window... and I think the fabric alone would cost £60! And i found a pair perfect size for £69!So il do that instead :p

Your blog is very sweet!

Claire

http://www.hearthandmade.co.uk

Judy Hartman said...

The curtains and duvet cover are such a pretty pattern and you did a great tutorial on how to use the grommet tape! Really nice!

Becolorful said...

So glad you shared these this week on Motivated Monday. Have a good week.
Pam

Janet said...

Polka dots are always fun. Your new curtains look so lovely. I wish I had more patience when it comes to sewing but sadly I do not! I'll leave that to people like yourself who know what they're doing!

kimmie said...

What a great project! Better than store bought too :)
I think your curtains will just glide beautifully along that rod. The grommet tape is brilliant!

Barbara Shallue said...

I can't believe I missed this. Love the curtains - you make it look so easy!

Nelda said...

Cyndee, love your curtins. Have to check in every once in a while to see what you are up to. Makes me want to return to sewing, made a skirt for dancing a few weeks ago, other than that zip. Don't have too much to sew any more. But can't give up the machines. I guess they're part of me.
I like your beach picture, may I use it in a painting?
Love, N.

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