Saturday, August 18, 2012

Breezy Patchwork Curtain

One thing about the new sewing room . . . for the first time I have a whole closet to myself to store the overflow.  It's a wonderful thing.  While I've done my best to organize all of the stuff in there, I still wanted a way to close it off to quiet the space down a bit when I'm not actively working in there.  There's a lot of busyness around the room in general (which I really enjoy actually as it gets my wheels turning), but the innards of this closet are not particularly lovely and I really don't have the time or money to paint the whole thing out and purchase swanky organizers.

Hence, the curtain.

Sewing Room Closet Curtain

In keeping with the use-what-you-got theme I've been rocking out lately, I pulled this gem out of hiding:
Full Flat Sheet

I acquired it a long time ago, from someone who clearly acquired it a long time before that.
Old Skool

I don't know if this qualifies as vintage technically, but it ain't new.  (I just looked up Montgomery Ward on Wikipedia and apparently it filed for bankruptcy in 1997 and officially shut down in 2000.)  Anyway, I would have opened up this bad boy and used it on an actual bed at some point, but I haven't had a full size mattress since I got this sheet so it's been sitting in a box for quite some time.  (Apparently I knew I would use it at some point . . . for something.  Yes . . . that's it.)

The great part about this is that a full size sheet is the perfect size for a closet opening.  A bit long and needed to be hemmed, but otherwise spot on perfect size.  (The first thought I had was a shower curtain which would have fit perfectly as well.  Of course . . . I didn't have one of those lying around.)
Back Wall - Pop Garden Curtain

Since I had already held my breath and cut into my Pop Garden stash to make my sewing machine cover, serger cover and my ironing board cover (my I *do* seem  to like to cover things, don't I?), I decided to keep on with it and carry some of that loveliness into this piece.  I found this old post over at JCasa and used it as my inspiration.  I wanted to have one continuous piece rather than 2 curtains so I modified the idea and put the patchwork across the top instead of down the sides.
Sewing Room Curtain - Detail 1

(As far as the patchwork goes, I just made up sizes on the blocks as I went along in the process based on the sizes of fabric pieces I had.  I think I started with 4" strips and modified from there.)
Sewing Room Curtain - Detail 2

Stay tuned . . . I made something for Little Miss with the chunk of fabric I cut off the bottom of the sheet.  Something that made her squeal with delight as she dubbed me THE BEST MOM OF ALL TIMES.  ;)

On a side note: I'm linking this post up with Kelly's My Precious QAL (which does not have to be quilt-y as such, but does need to be a project which uses up some fabric from the "too precious to ever cut into" pile).


August Finishes


Brennan's Mom August 19, 2012 at 2:37 PM  

That's pure genius! I should show this post to my husband and explain the value of hanging on to stuff one might use one day! ;)

Did you use a spring tension rod?

Skooks August 19, 2012 at 2:44 PM  

B's Mom - I didn't. This room used to be my office/the kids' playroom so we wanted the ability to use ALL of the space for the kids to play in, hence why the doors were removed in the first place. I should ask him, but I *think* what he ended up doing was getting a pvc pipe cut to length with some wooden holder thingies (yeah, clearly I do not know the terminology here) to hold it up on the sides. Due to the size though, I bet a shower curtain tension rod would have totally worked too. If you're interested, I could take a better picture of the wooden pieces for you. Or ask Mr. Skooks what they're called when he gets home.

Alia August 23, 2012 at 11:29 PM  

This turned out looking great! Don't you just love how something you pack away suddenly becomes useful?

Skooks August 24, 2012 at 12:17 AM  

A - I do! I try not to hoard stuff (I try to keep the junk quotient down as much as possible), but anything related to things-I-might-possibly-use-to-craft-with . . . well . . . that's hard not to tuck away. ;)

Elizabeth September 3, 2012 at 10:35 PM  

I love the resourcefulness! Your patchwork strip across the top is so cute and I love that you've got a theme going. Great finish! Thanks for linking up!

xo -E

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