In our sweet little new farmhouse in Tennessee I have a sewing room! (That deserves a few more !!!!!) Ok, it’s not just a sewing room, it’s a crafting, painting, jewelry, sewing room. What do they call those? Well, whatever it is, it’s all mine.
I’ve been working on getting some furniture set up in there and that’s involved some biggish time-consuming projects like painting and assembly. Not to mention all the organizing and putting everything away from the move. I wanted to do something in the meantime to make it feel more me – and something fast and easy!
So I raided my stash and did some ebay shopping. I changed out the heavy dark valances that were in the room and made up these pretty and colorful vintage handkerchief valances! I love them so much more.
There are a bunch of windows in the room so it really lightened the room and added a lot more color. Kato thinks so too.
These were so fast to sew too! Here’s a sort of mini tutorial for you in case you want to do something similar.
For the valances, I overlapped the handkerchiefs so the prettiest edges were showing. I sewed straight seams down the overlapped sections to hold them together.
For the casings, I used double fold quilt binding. I pressed the binding open and cut them a little longer than each valance section.
Fold the ends in and sew the casings down just inside the top and bottom edges.
Then you just have to slip in whatever curtain rod you are using. I am using those inexpensive tension rods.
The light shines through them and looks so pretty!
What do you think? Would you ever use vintage items as curtains?