Thursday, August 30, 2012

new old curtains

I found this vintage fabric at an estate sale for 25 cents. I was attracted by the pattern and the bold primary colors, all in spite of the icky polyester-ness. Unlike my grandmothers, who (Mom has informed me) were pretty excited by the introduction of the first polyester fabrics--What do you mean, it doesn't wrinkle?--I had no plans to put this near my skin.

But curtains, well that's a different story. Unfortunately, my lack of sewing skills stood in the way of new curtains. Stood in the way of them big time. But lucky for me, Mom had stopped by for a visit and seemed game to break out her mother's vintage sewing machine, which I own and can sort of use...if you don't count that ongoing battle between myself and the bobbin. As for that, we are total jerks to each other. So, I put Mom to work and went to take a nap. True story...

Easiest curtains I never had to make. Hey, Mom: you're the best!

P.S. Someone else had the same idea about napping. We are so smart. 


  1. Cool! You got the fabric for just 25 cents. Your mom did a great job sewing it! Now, you need to know how to care for that type of material, so you can reuse the fabric. You certainly cannot hand wash or put it into a washing machine. What you should do is soak it in cool water and mild soap. Dry it by wrapping the piece inside a towel, and carefully squeeze. Use lemon juice or salt when removing stains off the curtain. Hope this helps!

    Roxie Tenner

  2. Thanks for the advice, Roxie. Much appreciated!


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