Tuesday, April 12, 2011

New Valances

Well, it took a while...but I finished the new valances for the kitchen. Sheesh. You'd think it was some elaborate pattern or something. Nope. The problem is in my "short cut" tendencies. I thought of lining the valances with a blackout liner. I even saw it suggested on a blog or two. But, hey...I didn't really need that. My fabric was heavy enough. I'd be fine without it. Grr. I was up and down from the chair in the kitchen so many times it should have counted as a workout. I kept adding layers to block out the sun. Lesson learned.

These are the valances that were hanging in the kitchen until recently. 
(I like them, but I wanted to lighten up the kitchen a bit.)
*Please ignore the spotty window. Apparently, I was slacking on my chores.

And the new...

It's just a fixed roman shade. 
I didn't actually need it to open and close, so technically speaking...this was not complicated.

Simple, right?
This is what I saw when I first hung it up:

The sun was just accenting my less-than-perfect bottom edge. I knew I needed to add some fabric behind it, so I added a strip to the bottom and moved on to the other window. 
This time, I made the bottom hem extra wide to block out the sun. 
It still wasn't enough! 
And I had a new problem:

Obviously, my layers didn't meet up just right, so the sun was peeking through the middle now, too. Eventually, I got it. I had to sew an additional layer of heavy fabric onto the entire back of each curtain.
My simple little shades are quite heavy.
But I like 'em...so I'm calling this one a success;)

All Things Heart and Home


Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

They look like they were made by a pro! I love the fabric you used.

My shortcuts never turn out to be short, either.

Marianne said...

They are really pretty. Love the fabric and the look of them. We have a really good saying in Norwegian for those shortcuts that ends up taking longer. I just can't translate it. Oh well. Enough procrastinating here. I have three blogposts that needs to be finished and a newsletter. I better either just give up now or get started.

Sally Lee by the Sea said...

Very, very pretty and look professionally made. I'm a new follower from All Things Heart & Home. :O)

Susan said...

Beautiful fabric! Love the design too Marie. They're just lovely. :)

jill said...

The shades look great!

Heather @ Four Loud Monkeys said...

They look fab! Well worth the toil. love the material!

Kim @ Cheap Chic Home said...

I just adore the fabric you used for your roman shades! I have to learn not to use shortcuts myself ;). I did a post on my own roman shades last week if you'd like to take a peek :).

Kristin said...

You have been a sewing queen! I am so impressed! I bookmarked your dish mat and can't wait to make it. I am currently working on learning to make a sassy spring skirt.
This should be a hoot!


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