One thing that I really wanted to do recently, was brighten up the window in our kitchen, as it was so plain, aside from our VW camper model collection.
I didn’t want curtains, as the kitchen is upstairs in our house, and isn’t remotely overlooked, so it’s not necessary. So I came up with the idea of making a faux blind, to just hang at the top of the window.
So I went into Truro Fabrics, my local fabric shop, and purchased this fab camper fabric…
Lovely and bright and very in keeping with the existing theme .
The trouble with my plan was, I haven’t sat down and used a sewing machine since high school. I was quite nervous, but knew that since I’d been given one several months ago, I needed to just sit and do it. Months later, on a quiet Sunday afternoon, I did just that. I sat down, measured, pinned, and threaded, and got sewing! (You really don’t forget how, people kept telling me this, and I was dubious, but it’s true!)
To make the blind, I needed to add to the patterned piece, as it wasn’t wide enough for the window. So I measured up, cut and got sewing, adding some matching checked fabric to each side of the camper fabric, and hemmed all four edges.
And here is the finished article, a faux blind, which is just the fabric, doubled back onto itself. It is simply pinned to a piece of wood, that has been there all along, just waiting to be covered up! What do you think?
I also had a little fabric left over, and made a handy carrier-bag storer. Which isn’t only useful, but will stop Loki (the cat who does his best to live up to his name) emptying the bag that once held them, all over the kitchen floor!
These are incredibly easy to make, I hemmed the two ends, created little tube edges for ribbon, and then attached the two sides together forming a big tube, leaving the ends for the ribbon, turned it in the right way to hide all the seams, threaded ribbon through each end (I didn’t have elastic, but ribbon works fine) and filled it with bags!
I think I had a very successful first time back sewing, and am really pleased with the results!
Have you picked up any long forgotten skills?
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