I Can't Believe I Did It !!!!

5.02.2010

On Saturday I gave you a little sneak peak of what I was working on this weekend. Well. I made them in one day, to my surprise, since I haven't used a sewing machine in over thirty years. Probably longer than that. My mind is so old it can't remember much anymore! The other thing I had to do besides sewing was some painting, too. I should have primed the piece first and it would have been finished a lot quicker. Anyway here are some before and afters and I must say I am very proud of how well my first sewing job turned out.


This is the before shot with plain navy panels and an old antique gold finished rod.
Then Mr. Savvy had a little accident with one of these panels when he went out the window
to fix something on the roof and on the way back in he got white putty on a panel.

So I simply went on line and ordered some new panels on sale from J.C. Penney for 
$13.00 for two panels. Hooray, I found some cheap replacements. Then I went to hang
them up and they were TOO short! Oh, no! So they have been sitting in the package in the
closet for the last six months or more. Then a light went off in my head and I new what I wanted to do.


I could just add red and white ticking fabric to the bottom for the added length. So I ordered the material
and then thought I would just use fabric glue to put them together, NOT!!  I knew that was way too 
much trouble so I knew they would need to be sewn. So the material joined the panels in the closet.


Then I kept thinking about the panels and the red and white ticking fabric and had to get a sewing
machine and then hoped I could still sew with one.



Yep, I still can. I got Mr. Savvy to help me figure out how to thread the bobbin and the
machine (since he is good with directions) and I started measuring, cutting, and sewing.


I wanted to add rope to cover the seam plus add to the nautical theme of the room, but could not 
find natural colored rope around here in the correct size. I went to Hobby Lobby and bought 
white rope trim and soaked it for a few minutes in brewed coffee that was left over and the color was
perfect. Smells like coffee, but it is the perfect shade! The rope is glued on with fabric glue.

I also had to paint the rod white. The antique gold had to go. Should have done that
long time ago, but was too lazy to drag it all down.



Much better!


And this is how it looks today. So much better. I love the ticking fabric added to the bottom. I could not believe I could sew again. Now no one look at the back side. No finished edges at the seam. I will have to practice more and learn some things to do a better job, but as long as they look good from the front I am happy!! What do you think??


If you are new to my blog and would like to see the rest of this room click HERE.


I want to thank everyone for responding to my post earlier today with your thoughtfulness and prayers for those in the flooded areas of Tennessee. There has now been 11 deaths confirmed. Five in Nashville. Our son said the rain has slowed down finally and they are cleaning up.


I am linking to the following parties:

Southern Hospitality  for Thrifty Treasures Monday

Between Naps On The Porch  for Metamorphosis Monday


Sumos Sweet Stuff  for Market Yourself Monday

The Girl Creative  for Just Something I Whipped Up

Smiling Sally  for Blue Monday

The DIY Showoff  for the DIY parade

Coastal Charm  for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday

Tools Are For Women, Too  Modern Crafts Woman party

Bobbypins and Boardwalk  for Boardwalk Bragfest Wednesday

Always Nesting  for WooHoo Wednesday!

The Shabby Chic Cottage  for Transformation Thursday


Y'all come back now,

KIM

85 comments:

  1. Your curtains turned out great. I really like the cording that you added. It made it even better. Good for your husband to ruin your curtain because you were able to make a much better replacement.

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  2. I love it!!! And what a smart idea to coffee stain the rope...who knew! And of course you can sew, you can do anything you put your mind to!

    Kat :)

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  3. You did a great job. How did you get the rope trim so perfect! Uh ohh, watch out rest of the house.

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  4. I love the curtains with the red ticking! I adore this room. I could look at it over and over again!

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  5. Kim, great job with the panels, they look really cute in that room. Love how you figured that one out.

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  6. I think you are one talented lady! I love the rope too! How did you attach that? It looks fabulous with the rest of this room. Very nautical! Love the painted white rod too!

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  7. Not only did you do it, you did it well! I love it, really finished them off nicely Kim, good job girl!

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  8. Kim...love the panels...the red ticking is the perfect addition! I am so proud of you and you renewed sewing skills...way to go!

    I love this room and it's nautical theme!

    Enjoy!
    Cathy

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  9. Good for you for getting to it and relearning how to sew. Your curtains look great and I love the addition of the red ticking. It is a beautiful room with so many great accessories. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. You did a great job sewing. The room is lovely. Dropping by from BNOTP.

    Allison
    Atticmag

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  11. Great job on those curtains! They go so well with the rest of the room, but at the same time the room doesn't come off as too "theme-y", if you know what I mean. :) I did something similar with white curtains in our master bedroom and I LOVE the 2-tone effect.

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  12. Yay!!! GREAT JOB Kim! Your curtains look great. Congratulations! Now what's your next project???

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  13. Great sewing job, Kim! Me and my sewing machine aren't the best of friends so I really appreciate how well this project turned out!

    Happy to hear the rain has ended and the weather is looking better in the flooded areas!

    Kindly, ldh

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  14. Hi, Kim! Oh, honey, you did good! Your curtains look fabulous and I love the trim fabric on the bottoms!
    Woo Hooness! You can still sew. Now what cha gonna do next?
    Oh, my prayers are with everyone in this area. So sad.
    Be a sweetie,
    shelia ;O

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  15. Kim You did do it!! Great job and they look so perfect in that room. If I had not seen the before picture I would have thought they were always this way/ Such a fun way to customize and make something work. Love them, this is my other favorite room in your house. Kathysue

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  16. Perfect now!!! It looks wonderful!

    Suzanne

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  17. Good job! I love it...I swoon over anything beachy or nautical.

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  18. Hi Kim! Your drapes look great! I love the ticking on the bottom. How smart that you used coffee to make them the right color! Everything looks fabulous...love the nautical theme! Happy week!...hugs...Debbie

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  19. You didn't just do it - you did a great job! I love the idea of the ticking at the bottom - very 'custom'.

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  20. Wonderful job! I love the room and the new curtains are perfect!
    Dee Dee
    PS- My hubby helps me with the bobbin too!

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  21. WOW!!! What a great job Kim they look FANTASTIC and the curtain rod looks so much better white.I'm glad to here that the rain is starting to let up some in Tenn.I hope your son didn't have to much damage from the flooding. Martina

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  22. OMG! I can't believe how many posts of yours I've missed. This weekend has been a blur! We've been gone all day to celebrate Will's b-day. Love the new drapes. I think you did a great job with your sewing machine. That was a good idea to use coffee to dye your rope trim too. I'm glad to hear that Ryan is doing ok in Nashville. I saw it on the news and wondered if he was spared. Hopefully, tomorrow won't be as bad. It has been so humid here lately, I kind of wish it would go ahead and rain and be over with! Looking forward to all your new sewing projects.

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  23. These look terrific, good job! Sewing is like riding a bike, you never forget!

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  24. I just love your home! So inspirational - and I need all I can get!

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  25. Love the design- looks like a model home- Great style-
    Karryann

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  26. I'm soooo proud of you...the curtains look awesome...great idea using the coffee for the rope!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  27. Well sometimes things do turn out for the best. If the curtains had been the right length you would not have these adorable ones now! Congrats the room looks wonderful.
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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  28. For not having picked up a sewing machine in decades, you sure did a great job!! Wow, I'm impressed. Just the perfect touch to your window.

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  29. For not having picked up a sewing machine in decades, you did an awesome job at sewing those curtains! Perfect and I love the cording to add that little somin' somin'.

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  30. I think they look fabulous. Love the red and white ticking and the rope is such a fantastic idea. You did a great job. Hugs, Marty

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  31. What a great change, I love the idea of putting the rope along the edge.

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  32. Love those drapes...you did a wonderful job...
    We live in W. Tn...had tornado warnings last night for hours but got lucky and just got some wind and a lot of rain. My daughter lives in Jackson, Tn. and it has been declared a state of emergency...they've got quite a few sink holes in their roads and some roads that have simply washed away. We will find out tomorrow how things are since my hubby and son both work in Jackson...

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  33. love this room. and love the red ticking you added.. just finishes it right off..

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  34. Hi Kim, what a great job! I did the exact opposite in Logan's room! Red flat sheet (for curtain) and blue ticking...I love how you added the rope detail!

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  35. Kim, those are too cute! I still haven't hung curtains in either of my boys rooms! My oldest is 5 too! I even have the curtains and rods! What kind of excuse is that?! lol!

    Take care!
    Jennifer aka the plus size Kelly Rippa!=)

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  36. Those could not have turned out any cuter at all! I am so proud of you. See, it was like riding a bike! Do you remember the name of those curtains? I am looking for something like those, but need a rod pocket. I love the rope finish! It looks awesome and so custom!

    Glad to hear your son is doing well. I sent you an email before I read your post! My SIL's front yard is underwater, but she isn't sure about her house. She had gone to her boyfriend's for the weekend and the roads were closed. She can't get home. She (and we) are grateful she has her dogs with her. Such a sad sight to see all that. Our best friends basement flooded, but it has subsided now. So scary.

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  37. Those panels are perfect for your room.

    I truly hope your son and family are doing well. Keep us updated.

    Lisa

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  38. The panels are perfect.

    I truly hope your son and family are doing well. Keep us updated.

    Lisa

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  39. wow, gorgeous embellishment, it just popped out the beauty of the whole surroundings...the room looks like a photo in a magazine, reminds me of pottery barn...great style! have a great week kim, and thanks for your visit...it is my pleasure! verbena cottage

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  40. i have to write again to tell you that bailey is sooo cute. saw your previous posts and your style and the combo pillows look so amazing...ah, doesn't look like on a budget though! verbena cottage

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  41. Nice job with the curtains, your room looks nice!

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  42. Hi Kim,
    Loved what you did to the curtains, such a great idea and
    it looks adorable and looks so great with the room. You did an outstanding job on the nautical decor, very nice, very cozy and pleasant appealing room. Great idea with the old swimsuit. Very cool!!
    Lots of neat accessories, don't you just love home goods!! One of my favorite stores.
    You have a great week,
    Blessings Nellie

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  43. The panels are just perfect, Kim. I love them! Good job!...Christine

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  44. Hi Kim, you did such a great job on your panels!! They look so nice.I hope everything is ok with your son and his family....Kathy

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  45. Very nice, Kim. Love the red stripe ticking.
    Robin

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  46. You did a great job KIM! The curtains look awesome!

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  47. Kim, that totally changes the look of your window treatment from nice to knockout! And, the cording just makes it! Great job!

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  48. What a very clever girl you are! They look amazing.

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  49. I like the trim you added -- nice touch in piecing the two together!

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  50. Good job Mom! Now, just perfect your technique so you can make some things for the baby's room :)

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  51. I am so impressed. I *LOVE* that room and everything about it. Can I plop that room in my house? Heh heh! =) I wish it were that easy. You are so talented, great job! Those panels are adorable.

    XO ~Liz

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  52. Lovely room, and the ticking is a perfect complement. Good Job!

    Karen

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  53. It is just the right touch, Kim. Happy Blue Monday.

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  54. Hi Kim! That looks great! This is one of my favorite rooms in your house...I think because I love the sailor look...I like to wear it too!

    My blog is under construction at this time...so please excuse the mess if you stop by!

    Nancy

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  55. I really love this! I wish I could sew. And the rope trim does look perfect. Love it when a project comes together!

    http://40daysof.wordpress.com/2010/05/03/my-stairway-got-hit-with-the-ugly-stick/

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  56. Absolutely perfect for your room, Kim. Great job with these beautiful panels.

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  57. They turned our SEW cute!
    And I am SEW proud of you that you were able to remember how to make them!
    I just made curtains for my office in this same exact ticking fabric.
    I need to "clean my room" so I can take pictures!
    My curtains are not finished on the back, either, so I wouldn't dream of sneaking a peak at yours!
    Now when can I make a reservation for a stay in this room?

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  58. These look terrific Kim! I do like them better than the old ones, they tie the room together better :O) Hope all is getting better for your son, and the others in the area.

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  59. you go girl now you have one of a kind custumn panles they look awsome you are makeing me want to take lessons i did it in grammer school but who remembers.you are just so inspiring :)

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  60. Kim, congrats on your curtain panel makeover. Looks like a million bucks. Also glad to hear your loved ones are well in Nashville. We did not have any problems here in Chattanooga. Please stop by my blog soon to get some details on my first giveaway. (You are already entered because you are following) Thanks!! Kim

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  61. I am so impressed! You did a great job, I would never guess that you didn't sew often. They really bring the room together...Bravo!

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  62. Hi Kim!

    The curtains turned out perfect! They are now perfectly custom made for that room! And the rod also came out great. so, now that you are a seamstress, can I send you some sewing projects I have laying around? LOL

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  63. that is soo lovely Kim :) everything falls on the right places! ;)

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  64. Hi Kim, I used to sew for "Country Curtains" from my home, but haven't sewn in a long time. I ended up selling my industrial machine, which I regret. I'm happy you were able to jump back in and do a great job with your panels. I love the red ticking and the trim you added (so smart to coffee stain it), very pretty. Everything looks wonderful.
    Stop by for a visit and check out my adorable bird nest jar topper. I made it last evening for Metamorphosis Monday! Have a wonderful evening, can't wait to see what you sew up next.
    Hugz,
    Kim

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  65. Hi Kim, I used to sew for "Country Curtains" from my home, but haven't sewn in a long time. I ended up selling my industrial machine, which I regret. I'm happy you were able to jump back in and do a great job with your panels. I love the red ticking and the trim you added (so smart to coffee stain it), very pretty. Everything looks wonderful.
    Stop by for a visit and check out my adorable bird nest jar topper. I made it last evening for Metamorphosis Monday! Have a wonderful evening, can't wait to see what you sew up next.
    Hugz,
    Kim

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  66. I love it, it looks professional! Think of all the things you could have been sewing :) Love the stain on the rope!
    Enjoy your week
    Kristin
    XO

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  67. How original...the rope trim is the perfect touch! I love your ideas that make your home unique! ♥

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  68. Very clever fix! It looks FABulous!
    The room looks great!
    ;-D Kathleen

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  69. Love em, Love em, Love em!

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  70. I have that same bed. :) And from one "southern style" blog to another, hello.

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  71. Kim, Your sewing skills have been resurrected and the curtains look great! Love the contrast in colors between the red/white and the navy. They accent the room so very well.
    hugs, Sue

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  72. What a beauitul room!!! I just love what you've done to those curtains!!! :)

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  73. You did a great job Kim!! I told you that it all comes back once you get started!! If you get a chance, I bravely started my blog today, and hope you can stop by! The url is below:

    http://creativedecoratingonabudget.blogspot.com/

    Thanks for your support!!

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  74. I'm a new follower via Southern Hospitality.
    Very nice, professional looking job! I'd love for you to show it off on Modern Craftswoman Monday...please stop by!

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  75. Kim, thank you for linking your curtains to the boardwalk Bragfest. Those panels look fabulous -- a very custom job. It is the perfect touch for this room. Congratulations on a wonderful project!!!

    On a totally different note, it is so tragic what is happening in Tennessee. It breaks my heart when they show all the destruction, the houses and cars flooded.

    I will most certainly keep your son and family in my prayers, as well as all the others who need help due to the natural disasters that seem to be almost continuous!

    (((((((((((((((((hugs))))))))))))))

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  76. Isn't it just the BEST when you can come up with a solution that is actually BETTER than the original? I love it...and it sure does look nautical. Genius.

    Warm blessings,
    Spencer

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  77. Woo Hoo! Thank you so much for linking to Woo Hoo! Wednesday. I alway look forward to all the great ideas I get from your posts. Hugs, Marla

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  78. Oh you made me laugh. I recently went through the same thing with my dining room curtains. I had actually purchased a sewing machine at least 15 years ago to replace my old one that had died. The last thing I remember sewing was in 1978!! So, I lived in fear of the dreaded "Bobbin winding and machine threading" and let it paralyze me until I spent big$$ ( at least for me) on the dining room curtain fabric. I reached out to my 92 y.o. Mom when she was visiting to help me. I made the curtains and I feel free after all these years. You know the saying "feel the fear and do it anyway"? It is so true. Now I need to lengthen my bedroom curtain panels that have shrunk!!

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  79. I've pieced together curtains like this too. It's a real money saver. Love the rope and ticking you used. The whole room is just adorable!

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  80. WOW! Those turned out amazing, I'm impressed with your sewing skills! And what a beautiful room, can I move in? ;)

    Glad I found you, I'm a new follower!
    -Ann Marie

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  81. Great job! I love the red & white ticking. Very creative to color the rope trim and then glue it on. The room looks beautiful.

    I, too, have held those in the Nashville area & S.E. in prayer. I feel so bad for them...cannot even imagine how they must be feeling.

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  82. Kim, the drapes look fantastic. You have the vision and the skills on the machine. Wow! Love the ticking on the border. ~ Sarah

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