Friday, December 28, 2012

Shortened Kitchen Panels

I FINALLY broke down and bought some new sheer panels for my south kitchen windows. I didn’t replace the tier part of the curtains because they were still in good shape, and matched ‘good enough’. The other panels ONLY lasted 17 years. I don't know smile (Gee, don’t they make anything like they used to? Winking smile) The panels had ‘sun rot’ and when the panels were ‘skooshed’ together, you couldn’t see the damage, but I knew they were rotten. Four panels and $60 later, I hung my new panels, but I thought they were too long. They are close in length to what the other ones were, but still a bit longer, and they are also a bit thinner, I think. You can really see the bottom edge of the window trim, which was not that noticeable with the other panels. If you look in the picture, I have the bench pushed up against the panels, and I didn’t like that. I thought and thought about it, and finally came up with a solution to shorten them. The hems are scalloped, and I didn’t want to make the bottoms straight across because I knew I would make them look uneven, so I figured out a different method, and it worked wonderfully! Better than I thought.

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I know, I know. Most of you probably already knew this, but I figured it out all by myself, so just humor me, ok?  Thanks!

First, I turned the panels over, and I cut the rod pocket completely off the panel, right under the hem of the rod pocket.

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I folded the panels lengthwise in half, and then in half again, and I measured off the 11” I wanted to shorten them….

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…and cut that chunk off the length, right below where I just cut off the rod pocket.

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Next, I placed my rod pocket back with my panel, right sides together and pinned all the way across.

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I sewed the rod pocket back on the panel.

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I flipped the panel over, and sewed a zigzag stitch all the way across to hold down the raw edge……

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…and I’m done!

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I did that four times, and I’m a happy girl!! Rolling on the floor laughing

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Now why did it take me this long to figure it out?


Renea said...

The curtains look really nice. It is fun to get something new and also to know that you got your use out of the other curtains.

Packrat said...

Looks so nice!

Kathryn D. Duke said...

they look great!!! good job!!

Jeanna said...

They look wonderful! You will smile every time you look at them for the next 2 weeks!

StitchinByTheLake said...

Beautiful! I'm not sure I would have figured that out at all. Love it! blessings, marlene

Kristie said...

Look great! Only 17 years??? LOL!

Have a wonderful and Blessed day

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Your way makes sense to me. I don't sew anything other than quilts. Making curtains (or shortening them) makes me nervous.

Connie said...

Great job and the curtains look so much better short! I think you definitely got your money out of the old ones!


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