So, again my Tuesday is spent carting the girl to dance classes in the morning and then to get the car serviced. We made it out earlier than I thought and all I could think about was blue velvet. Blue velvet, you ask? Yes. Blue. Velvet.
I had thought about changing the color palette in the dining room for some time now. The dark coral walls called out turquoise to me originally, but I just never felt it was right. I redid my hutch back wall in the previous blog with suttle notes of cobalt blue. Now, it’s time to bring the color to my curtains. Curtains, which I can now call drapes because they certainly look fancy now that they touch the floor. Hubba Hubba!
I purchased my curtains on Amazon because I liked the ivory color to them with the copper trefoil pattern. They worked but were missing something. I saw multiple pics on pinterest about lengthening curtains and decided I needed blue velvet to do just that. And today was the day.
I started my project by measuring each curtain panel width and the remaining distance to the floor. I got approximately 14″ tall and 55″ wide. I then added 3 inches to each measurement and cut 4 peices of velvet for each panel. I will add here that I was really trying to get every measurement perfect and failed miserably. It didn’t matter one bit. I will also add that my helper in this project did not, thank GOD!, injure herself on the very large and sharp fabric scissors but did trip on the curtain rod. 3 meltdowns and one busted lip later, I am happy to report she is fine.
I then took each end and folded it in. You can waste a bunch of time trying to iron your edges perfectly and then go back to hot glue, but it is a WASTE OF TIME. Just put a small squiggle of hot glue along the edge and fold over approx. 1 inch. Press and grab the iron to go over a few times. Looks great, eh?
I was working quickly and reached over the iron to grab the hot glue gun and seared my forearm. OUCH!
I was able to continue after having my own little temper tantrum and bandaging myself, because I am afterall – a nurse 😉
So, after you make your hems on the sides and bottom – don’t bother with the top hem because it’s going to be hidden behind the curtain. Just take the curtain down – flip it over to the back side and do a little hot glue at a time and iron, to ensure it holds. Then, when you’ve got the entire length glued – do another layer of hot glue to any remaining loose fabric, as shown here:
Iron again and let cool completely so you can hang it. Give it a good tug before you hang up to make sure it’s not going to come loose. It should be stuck together very well, even with a heavy fabric like velvet.