Monday, April 06, 2009

Curtains for the Kitchen

Finally got in the mood to make new curtains for the kitchen--after waiting ten months for inspiration! Why had it never occurred to me to use the gigantic tablecloth I picked up at the Boy Scouts' rummage sale?


It's exactly what I wanted and I had had it on my shelf all this time. I cut it three different ways for different parts of the print. I used the strip of smaller flowers, with rickrack, to border some long voile curtains on the east window.


And used strips of the central print, pieced together, to edge a voile valance over the kitchen sink.


Harvested the striped edge of the tablecloth to make a geometric-printed valance over the north window.

I bought the voile at Vogue Fabrics in Chicago last week, not with curtains in mind, but it was just perfect. And the tablecloth? Best dollar I ever spent!

24 comments:

Shelley in SC said...

These are so cheery and breezy for the kitchen. Definitely sure to make a mom smile while stumbling into the room for morning coffee!!

Leah said...

They are so perfect!

Paula said...

Anna,
You have inspired me to take a sewing class this summer. I can sew a staight line, but as far a putting a simple garmet togther,I am at a loss. Thanks for posting all your wonderful projects. I can't wait for my new tote. :)
Paula

Christine said...

You and I must have sprung from the same patch of earth! I LOVE these curtains - and your style. As far as I am concerned, there should be four arrows in the recycle symbol - the 4th being Repurpose!

Lisateresa said...

Good job, Anna. The prices you pay for thrifted things are more like rummage sale prices out this way! I never find things at thrift stores for $1 or less here. Even so, I'm still happy to find bargains - New England style.

Katherine in Atlanta said...

Those are absolutely adorable. What a good idea and I love the rickrack.

E. said...

I had a similar revelation about one of our bathroom windows lately. I'd had the fabric for a long time and planned to use it for a quilt when it hit me that it matched the upstairs bathroom walls perfectly. Started them at 10:30pm one night and finished after midnight!

The Hobbit said...

Yet another successful outcome to repurposing. I've also used those tablecloths for aprons.Enjoy yous post as always.

Margaret said...

I adore your curtains. What a cheery place to have morning coffee.

Linda said...

Cheerful flowers and stripes against a crisp white background - and rickrack! Absolutely perfect!!

rileyranch said...

Very bright & cheerful. That is on my to-do list this week, make curtains!
~Nadine

sara said...

So lovely! You've inspired me to set making a curtain for our bathroom window. It needs one badly!

Kimmie said...

lovely ;-)

Kimmie
mama to 7
one homemade and 6 adopted

Bethgem said...

Cheery's the word.

lady m's lavender cottage said...

They are so cheerful!

Spring certainly gives you that extra push to spruce up our houses.

Thanks for sharing :)

Lady M

libbydibby said...

love them.
and i LOVE Vogue Fabrics. When i lived in Chicago, it was a favorite haunt.

Very Verdant said...

So light and airy and fun! Love those new curtains!

YayaOrchid said...

May I ask if the voile is the white part of your curtains? I'm afraid I've never used voile, so I don't know how it looks. To me it looks a lot like some white cotton batiste I used on my kitchen windows. The fabric is very light and airy, but not see through. I paid $2 a yard for mine about 4 years ago. Any chance you could share what you paid for your voile?

Hannah said...

those are so beautiful!

Anna said...

Voile is similar to batiste, but even more sheer, I think. I think I paid $4 a yard.

Joy said...

They are beautiful. I love the old patterns in tablecloths.
Joy

AnnaVallance said...

I always buy vintage tablecloths-some are made into shopping bags but I love your curtains.

Rona's Home Page said...

I love the way the wind blows your curtains. I miss that in the place we live now. It's such a relaxing feeling.

Cheryl said...

Cute curtains and even better you had the tablecloth on hand.

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