Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Custom Curtains for the Dining Room

This past weekend I made curtain panels to hang in our dining room.  I am really excited to share them but unfortunately my pictures will not do them justice.  Rainy weather has moved into our area and it appears it is staying for a few more days.  Once the sun comes back I will try to get some better pictures of my curtains.  I have made curtains in the past but these are by far my most favorite ones ever.  

I made the curtains out of Bosporus Flax by Covington.  I saw the red bosporus on another blog a while back and I have been waiting for the right project ever since.  You can find the fabric at a number of fabric stores online, but I bought mine at Hobby Lobby.  I was in the Hobby Lobby buying materials for a paper towel roll puppet (school project) when I saw that they had the fabric in stock.  

Not only was it in stock but the price was cheaper than I had seen online and I had a 40% off coupon.  It cost me $165 for 12 yards.  The next day I went back with another coupon (yep - I just keep printing them off) and bought the lining which was just plain white muslin for $32 for 12 yards and then some thread for $4.  Now I know at first it seems like a lot - $200 for curtains but I made 4 panels that were 98".  Anyone who has priced custom curtains or even just regular curtain panels knows that at $50 a panel I got a deal.  Just to further justify my purchase to myself, I did do a little internet searching and found 2 sources online that would make the same curtains for $650+.  By doing it myself I saved at least $400.

For those of you that scoff at the sewing part you really should reconsider.  A curtain is super easy straight sewing.  It is harder to measure and cut out the fabric than to run it through the machine.  You could even pick a fabric that doesn't need to be lined and save a step.  

This is a picture of the windows before the new curtains went up.  The previous owners left us these blinds.

So here is the finished product.  Again, I apologize for the crappy pictures.  These curtains are really beautiful in person.

The old-fashioned toile pattern in the fabric really plays well with the antique chandelier and the other antique pieces we have in the room.  The wall color below the chair rail is a dark gray.  I think I am going to add some decorative trim and paint it white and paint the wall above in one of the dark blues in the fabric.  I think the white trim would brighten up the room a lot.

I purposely made the curtains a little longer so that they would puddle on the hardwood floors.  I think it is nice romantic touch in a formal dining room.

I think I am going to remove the blinds now.  Since the curtains are lined they provide plenty of privacy and I really detest cleaning blinds.

I am also considering using ring clips on these to make it easier to open and close but then I would have to raise the hem a little.  What do you think - ring clips or leave well enough alone?

These curtains really added a nice touch to the room.  There is something about curtains that finish a space and make it more comforting to me.  I am just loving them so much my kids and my husband are sick of hearing about them.  Oh well, I will keep gushing for a while longer or at least until my next favorite project comes along.

~Gold Shoe Girl~

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  1. Very nice! I love how they puddle on the floor. Following via Coastal Charm.

  2. I love that fabric and I like your ideas for changing up the dining room. I have made all the curtains in my house and I like using the clips best. If you have a Tuesday Morning or Old Time Pottery in your area, they are good placed to buy the clips for cheap. I have saved hundreds by making my own (I don't even sew, I use fabric glue!).

    Robin Flies South

  3. Hi Alissa, I love your curtains. What a great job you did. I have never, ever made curtains. I only have blinds now, but curtains really do give a place a more cozy look. Thanks for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

  4. Hi Alissa, I love your curtains, you did a wonderful job on them. And the price is great for that amount of fabric in your curtains. I have been doing a Google image search for "Bosporus Flax" and your post came up. Your fabric is not Bosporus Flax but Folk Tales "Pistachio" by Mill Creek. The reason I know this is because I have purchased a few yards of each. I love them both like crazy and cannot decide which to use in my bedroom. Curtains, light Duvet cover etc. The Folk tails is a bit stiffer and doesn't have any gray in it at all. The Bosporus is "limp" for lack of a better word. Which would make it puddle easier. I am happy to see a picture of the Folk Tales with a gray paint, because that is the wall color I wanted. The Bosporus has alot of gray in it, other than that they do have very similar colors. I have to say I love the lambs though. I think I will end up with the one fabric in the Living room and one in my bedroom. Any tips on coordinating fabric with this color? Debra

    1. Hi Debra,

      I'm positive the fabric is Bosporus Flax as I sourced it online and also when I bought it at Hobby Lobby the roll was labeled that way. In any event, while the fabric looks okay against the gray walls it is not my first choice. The walls were painted that color by the previous owners and I am going to change things when I get the chance. I am probably going to do a white or off white wainscoting with a dark blue color on the top part of the walls. The gray is a nice neutral and you could probably pair almost any color with it successfully but I am just not a gray person. Hope this helps.


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