Thursday, September 23, 2010

Pretty as a Peacock

I did it!  I finished a sewing project!  Between the bobbin issue and my serious time management issues, I haven't gotten any projects done til last night.  I was determined though, so after another lovely evening at my sisters I finally sat down at the machine and worked on priority number one - the bathroom window curtain.  It wasn't a top priority because of privacy issues, it just was something I was dying to do!

So here's my lovely spa blue bathroom before ...

I recently decided I am enamoured of peacocks.  I ordered this beautiful vase for the shop a little while ago, but I loved it so much I bought it for myself.  Recently I found this adorable peacock fabric from by Dena Designs / Free Spirit, called Peacocks.  It was so cute, I had to have it. 

On to the sewing - it was a super simple way to make a curtain. First I hemmed the sides and the bottom by folding over the fabric about a quarter of an inch twice to tuck the raw edge inside, fingering pressing and pinning it down.  Those hems took a quick trip through the machine.  To make it a little fancier than having a simple pocket for the tension rod, I made the pocket twice as large as what I needed for the rod and sewed an extra seam halfway between the hem and the top (folded) edge of the hemmed fabric.  This allows for a little gathered ruffle at the very top because the fabric is about twice as wide as the curtain rod.  Super easy and fairly quick.  I haven't sewed in ages, so it took a minute or two for me to get back in the groove, but its just like riding a bike - you remember what to do in no time flat! 

I just love it!  One reason I wanted to add a curtain is because I'm renting the house and I don't want to put too many holes in the place.  Adding a curtain on a tension rod is an easy way of personalizing the space in a temporary way.  The other reason is that when the light is on in my bathroom at night, there is a flood of light that shines out into my neighbor's yard.  It just seemed too bright to me, and I felt like I wanted a little more privacy than the window film provides.  It felt like I was announcing to the world that I was in the bathroom.  Yick! 

So now I have a personalized perky peacock spa bathroom where I am totally comfortable.  I was so tickled to see it this morning - it started my day off just great!

Check out the buffet of creativity at the blogs where I linked up
Beyond The Picket Fence

The Girl Creative


  1. Oh, I like peacocks, too! You did a wonderful job. Your bathroom is really pretty. Thanks so much for linking :).

  2. Peacocks have always been a favourite of mine. You did a great job. Your bathroom looks great.

  3. I LOVE that fabric! It is absolutely darling! Thanks for sharing your “creative mojo” with me on Thrilling Thursday. I hope you will be back again soon :)
    ~Lori S.
    Thrilling Thursdays @Paisley Passions

  4. That really brings a nice bit of color into the batrhoom. Great job and thanks for sharing. I'm visiting from New Friend Friday at The Girl Creative. Good luck in your sewing endeavors. I tend to put down sewing for a while and then once I get back into it I wonder why I ever stopped. It's very relaxing and rewarding for me.