Yippee! The new curtains passed muster!
You know the old saying, if at first you don’t succeed, try and try again?
Well, for the record, I really do appreciate you all pushing me to go back and take another whack at it. And I DO like the new version better than the first, and if you hadn’t pushed, the burlap would still be there and Mike would be hating it every time he stepped into the kitchen. Which would be bad, cause he does all the cooking! (however, the burlap treatment will be re-used in another less visible area soon, so think of it as just being exiled for now, ok?)
So Thank you again for being such good bloggy friends and not paying any attention to my spoiled brat theatrics. ( I was just kidding about the hate part, really!)
AND I actually had requests from some of you for a tutorial on my Pottery Barn inspired tie curtains.
I hope this is somewhat useful, it really is a lot easier than it sounds!
Start with a piece of already washed and bleached drop cloth.
For the kitchen valance length curtains I actually had a leftover piece that was just the right size.
One end was the factory hem so that became the bottom of the curtain.
The other side was a raw ripped edge, that is the side you want to use for the ties.
Another good thing that MMS points out about drop cloth fabric; it rips evenly!
VERY important to this whole process!
Determine how long you want your ties to be.
I chose 11 inches for mine. (mostly because It would leave me a 12 inch valance, and I was just trying to make the piece of fabric I had work)
Draw a line across the fabric at the 11” mark.
Grab a ruler and decide how wide you want the strips; I chose to go with 2 inch strips.
Snip a small starter cut every 2 inches along the entire edge of the fabric.
Now go back and rip at each cut to the pencil line. It tears easily, so be careful not to get carried away and rip too far past!
This is what it will look like when done.
Next part takes the longest.
Start tying the knots to your curtain rod. Choose a knot that looks good to you.
Just try to keep it consistent.
I used a knot that reminded me of a necktie knot. Start at the left end of the rod. The second tie will come over the back of the rod, pull that over the rod to the front(we’ll call that the Back tie), take the first tie, wrap it all the way around the back tie and tuck it through the top of the knot and pull it to hang down in front of the back tie.
I’ll try to get some pictures of the actual knot process and update this, but first I have to get Mike to hold the camera for me while I do it
It will end up shorter in length and hanging in the front of the over tie.
Snug it up by pulling the back tie down (it slips right through like a necktie knot)
I’m sure this doesn’t make sense, so just play with it until you get a look you like.
Tip: try to make the number of ripped ties even. If you have an odd one (like I did) you can disguise it, but it would be smarter to keep the number even.
Now for the dining room curtains.
If you have curtains that are already hemmed on both ends like I did, you can add the ties to the top this way.
Rip a bunch of long strips, cut them to size (mine were approx 22”)
Fold the strips in half lengthwise.
Sew the folded end to the top of the curtain material, leaving about 2 inches between each set. I didn’t measure, however, wider spacing will let the rod at the top show more, closer will make the ties cover the rod completely.
If your fabric is more than double the width of the window (for shirring) then go a little wider apart so it’s not too tight at the top.
Tie them up to the curtain rod the same way as the first set.
Or for a completely no-sew retrofit, as in this photo-
do as I did the first time and add pinch style cafe rings to the top of the curtain, hang it, then take the ties and wrap them around the rod, covering each cafe ring and then tying your knot. It will look the same, only if you slide the curtains open the rings might start to show.
If you make these, please come back and show me. ok?
I’m linking this to Make it for Monday, at Cottage Instincts. Cindy featured my first post about the Pottery Barn inspired curtains, so I thought I would link up the tutorial for this week.
I’m linking this up to Meg’s Everything but the kitchen sink party at A Little Knick Knack.