After the beginning failure of the window roller shade project and the subsequent acceptable prototype I spent a few days making shades for the downstairs windows. (I wish you were here to help me, Sis.)
Originally I was thinking of going the assembly line route: cutting everything, then stitching everything, then assembling. I realized this project would be better if I finished each shade from start to finish before moving onto the next one: each was a slightly different width, I needed the table as a worktop so I couldn’t also store the cut fabric there, a finished shade in the window was satisfying.
Accurate cutting of the fabric is key to an easy sewing regime and straight hanging once the shades are mounted. Each shade took approximately an hour to cut, press, stitch, press again, and hang. (It would have taken slightly longer if I would have also needed to hang the shade hardware. Thankfully it was already up.)
I did need to install shade hardware on one window and this is what I learned. If I wanted the shade to show a full face of fabric and not the roller top, the hardware needed to be reversed in the window. If the hardware were not reversed I could still hang the shade backwards but it would not go up and down in the normal fashion because the mechanism inside the roller only works one way.
I don’t plan to raise and lower these shades, they’re just for decoration. The living room and the front of the house are finished.
Due to the steps on the left and the powder room on the right the front window near the mudroom won’t be getting a curtain like the windows in the living room.
Next, the dining room double window. This fabric, which by the way I inherited from my mother, blends with a variety of slightly different color schemes.
The bottom line on the cost of the project is:
- old shades — free
- bolt of canvas fabric — free
- thread — on hand
- masking tape — on hand
- labor — priceless.
That’s right: free, Free, FREE. My kind of project.
What’s your latest free adventure?