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Honey I Shrunk the Curtains!

October 15, 2009

In the summer I thought I would do a little cleaning of my Ikea curtains. The curtains are in the kitchen covering the sliding door that leads to the tiny postage stamp yard we have. Since I live in a rental, these curtains were re-purposed from our previous home. I can't wait to make some custom curtains when we find our dream home! (That's another story) My dog comes in and out constantly through that door so you can imagine what happens to white curtains dragging on the floor. I thought - I should wash them! I washed in cold water and hung to dry. When I hung them back up they sadly shrunk about 10 inches! This caused my creative juices to flow and I decided to trim them with some black linen. I found some black linen at the fabric store - 1/2 price - only $5 per meter (we are in Canada!) and simply sewed a panel on the bottom. I felt the black panel looked lonely, so I added some black grosgrain ribbon along the bottom and running up the sides. Got to love the trusty sewing machine!
(Sorry there are no before photos - I just started blogging and have yet to get in the habit of before shots!)






Ta-da!


I am linking up to the The Shabby Chic Cottage Transformation Thursday!

13 comments:

  1. Great idea! I can't believe they shrunk so much! Thanks for stopping by today :) Blair

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  2. Fabulous!!! Now they look custom. And they are.

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  3. They look great! That's alot of shrinkage, but these look so much better anyway.

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  4. That works! Very creative and good job!

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  5. Good save! Welcome to the world of blogging. Be careful, it is addictive! :)

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  6. That is a fabulous fix. I love the black detailing.

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  7. Great idea...and it won't show the dirt!!!!

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  8. WOW, talk about making a good thing out of what could have been a small disaster! They look wonderful...Janell

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  9. The reason not to ever shorten my Ikea drapes prior to washing them! You did a good job and they look so cute now.
    Joyce

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  10. @cheapchichome. I'll bet you like the "after" better. Custom made!

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  11. Those are great! They have so much more personality than I imagine they had before. Love it with the ribbon frame... great idea!

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  12. That is very interesting Smile I love reading and I am always searching for informative information like this. This is exactly what I was looking for. Thanks for sharing this great article
    Curtain

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  13. I just shrunk my curtains after washing them yesterday. Glad to know I can lengthen them with some extra material! I wasn't sure how they'd look in the end. Yours look fabulous! Hope I can achieve the same result!

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