Wednesday, May 20, 2015

DIY Sewing Project: Simple Window Curtains

Since I already have my sewing machine, I won’t be contented only with the 1st project I made. I have to go on and do more projects in the future, after all that is the reason why I got the machine in the first place.


But to do that more complicated project, of course I have to start with simple ones, since I have zero skill in sewing. 


What did I choose for the 2nd project? Well, I chose to make simple window curtains. Simple that only requires one kind of fabric, a flat iron, and a sewing machine.


I went to Gaisano City and got an inexpensive Geena Earth cloth that is usually used in making curtains sold in a local department store and thread that will match the fabric color. Later that night, I waited until the kids were asleep, then started my project.


First, I had to iron some areas of the fabric that were wrinkled, measure about 22inches in length, not touching the full width of the fabric on 60”. The 2 of 1 inch is allowable measurement for the edging, the 4 inches I allotted for the top part where the curtain bars will be placed.


Since, I am no expert yet in guiding the fabric for straight stitches using the sewing machine, I had to fold, then iron the edges where I intended to run the needle. Then finally sew the fabric slowly but surely. Yet, I still have about 50% crooked stitches, huh! I need more more practice to get them straight and clean.

After few minutes, tadaaaa! I already made my first simple window curtain.


The next series of so called ‘working nights’ after the kids were in bed, I did the following; cut the rest of the fabric until I have 9 pre-cuts (we have 10 small window panes in total), iron them the next night, and then started sewing for 3 more nights. Overall, I made 10 pieces of curtains in 6 nights. Huh! Not bad I think for a working mom.

Here they are now, already hanged on our windows, still using plastic straw strings because until now I don’t have wooden or metal bars for our window curtains yet.


Anyway, making this project is indeed economical and satisfying. Economical in the sense that, with the 6 meters polyester printed fabric @ P32/meter (P192.00) turned into 10 pieces of 16 inches drop curtains + the thread @ P25. A total of P217 + 6 nights of sewing, indeed I saved about P683.00 because 1 curtain of this kind is sold around P90.00 here in the city. Satisfying because I got to learn another skill to add my other self-learned skills. Yikes! jack of all trades, master of none.. that’s me.. hehehe.

Next time is a simple short-pants for my little boy. Until then!

15 comments:

  1. Congrats on your sewing project. Like you, I always precut my fabric so if I have extra time, I will just sew. So far I've made 14 throw pillow cases naman and plan to sew more. lol.

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  2. I do needle point, but I have zero skills in sewing as well. This project looks easy. I want to try it.

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  3. Congratulations on your projects so far! I also have a Brother Sewing Machine but haven't learned to use it yet. Soon i hope!

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  4. Does Gaisano City also have fabric for clothes? Also, I love your curtains. I want to try making something like that - just a little longer. Hehe. :)

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    1. Yes they do have fabric for clothes too. :-)

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  5. Wow, your first set of curtains look dainty and cute! I've always wanted to do this but I also have zero knowledge in sewing. Your project just inspired me. :)

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  6. Love your new window curtains.. I can't sew but can really appreciate your handy work.

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  7. Wow! Congrats on your DIY project. For sure more will come.

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  8. Wow! love your curtain and looking forward for more of your sewing projects! Super talented mo naman Sis.:)
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  9. I also prefer to buy fabrics and sew than to buy the ready made one. Really saves me a lot of money that way :)

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  10. I'm planning to get one of those portable sewing machine so that I sew too.

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  11. Inggit ako, hehe. Plan to buy Brother sewing machine too. I saw it was on sale at Lazada. But I need to save more for it pa, hehe.

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    1. Naku sis, mas cheaper nga sa Lazada compare sa pinagbilhan ko.

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  12. Cool project! Simple but very cozy. Congrats!

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  13. I have a sewing machine which I got from Lazada for an opp I made for them. Hanggang ngayon nakaseal pa rin hehe

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