Hope everyone had a great holiday! I’m completely exhausted from ours…in a good way! All the decorating, baking, traveling, shopping, eating, present opening, finding a home for all those awesome new gifts….It’s just a LOT of fun crammed into one holiday. Now I’m feeling re-charged and ready to get back to work. I’ve already even removed all signs of Christmas from the house.
It’s been nice to focus on family and enjoy all the things that come with Christmas and take a little break from any big projects. Although, I have been sneaking little projects in here and there. Most of my projects have been centered around Hollis’ bedroom. I’ve even been stepping out of my comfort zone and trying my hand at new projects, like sewing….which is WAY out of my comfort zone. It’s like, around the block from my comfort zone.
I knew when I bought Hollis’ curtains, that I wanted to add something to them to jazz them up a bit. I really wanted black and white curtains, but never found any that I liked for a toddler’s room. Then I saw these on Pinterest and was inspired to try it myself. Luckily my mom and grandma had come for a visit a few months ago and gave me a nice little tutorial on how to use my sewing machine. After a quick lesson from them, it all felt a lot less intimidating.
Seriously, if I can do this project, anyone can. Here’s how I did it.
I bought just plain white panels from Target (I think they were $10 a panel) and found some black pom pom trim at Hobby Lobby (for $1.99 a yard) to add to them.
You should iron out the panels first, but somehow I missed this step. Then I pinned the trim in place where I wanted to sew it. I almost skipped this step too, but I’m so glad I didn’t because it really helped keep things lined up while I ran it through the sewing machine. Just remember to take your pins out as you go so they don’t mess up your machine’s needle.
Then I just went for it. The prepping took a while but was totally worth it. I had to use both hands, one to hold the pom poms out of the way of the needle and one to feed the curtain through. Once I got in a good rhythm, each panel only took about five minutes to sew.
Not too shabby for my first time using a sewing machine. This was definitely a good project for a beginner. I just put trim on the inside of my panels, but you could put it on the outside or even both inside and out.
I seriously love them. I kind of want to add pom poms to every curtain in the house. I think they are youthful without being too cutesy or childish. And the whole project only took one afternoon. I’m sure it would probably be even faster if you actually have some sewing experience!