And, they’re done!

Ladies and gents, the curtains for our soon-to-arrive (eek! 9ish more weeks!) little girl are D-O-N-E! As in, no more huffing, puffing, squatting, standing, bending, stretching this big ol’ pregnant body to finish sewing these curtains!

In my last update, all I had left to do was line, sew, grommet and hang the curtains. No biggie, right? WELL! After a few hiccups with the sewing machine (it was in “a mood” for about a week — as in, it would not stop binding up), I got them finished!

I opted to line the curtains with dim out fabric to help block out any extra light that our horizontal blinds don’t block out…

…and then I simply measured, cut and installed grommets at the top of the fabric to easily slide back and forth on the drapery rod.

I will say that math is NOT my forte and that it took me many more hours (yes, HOURS) than I’d like to admit to figure out the exact spacing of the grommets. After some swear words, a nap and a tall glass of gingerale with lots of ice (and maybe another nap thrown in), I figured out the spacing. The actual cutting out of the grommet holes and the installation of the grommets was easy — phew!

And, here they are in all their glory! Pressed, hung and absolutely just as I hoped!

Totally, 100% worth all of the hard work, swearing, sweat, maybe a tear or two and savings by DIY-ing them myself. Oh yea, and the satisfaction of being able to tell my girl everyday for the rest of her life that, “Mommy made you these curtains.” Poor kid is going to be burdened with these curtains for the rest of her life. I hope her future husband likes them.

As for the rest of the room? I have nothing to show you. NOTHING. ZILCH. NADA. WE DON’T EVEN HAVE ELECTRICITY IN THIS ROOM! But, that’s a story for another time….

Aside from the curtains, the rest of the room sits empty…and I keep sitting cross-legged willing this baby not to make an early appearance because we are not ready for her arrival. Yes, the crib and dresser are on order and we even broke down and bought a glider for the room (more on that later). I hope that everything arrives in the next four weeks, leaving me 5ish weeks to get everything started and finished.

Plenty of time, right? And, who am I kidding….does the baby really care about ANY of this?! I’m thinking no. Phew, the pressure is off! :)

Source list for this project:
Fabric: Varenna Coral from Tonic Living
Lining: Dim Out from Tonic Living
Grommets: Dritz 1-9/16-Inch Inner Diameter Curtain Grommets, 8-Pack, Pewter from Amazon.com
Drapery Rod: Allen + Roth Metal Single Curtain Rod, Pewter from Lowes

I came across this great tutorial on Pinterest to help refresh my memory on how to sew lined curtains with grommets. I highly recommend anyone wanting to tackle DIY curtains to visit Ginger Freckle and read her tutorial.

To Sew, or Not to Sew?

After a few days of humming and hawing, I finally made a decision on whether to sew the curtains for baby girl’s room myself, or to have them sewn for me.

The verdict: DIY!

Why? Well, as much as the lazy, pregnant girl inside of me would love to have the folks at Tonic Living sew the curtains for me, the practical, can-do girl inside of me is saying to suck it up and sew! Also, the budget-loving, money-saving girl inside of me remembered that we still need to find a rug for the room to help dampen any hardwood floor squeaks and noises. The money saved on custom sewing can go towards the rug budget. Practicality wins again. Sigh…

So, it looks like my Christmas break (bearing that the fabric arrives before Christmas…fingers crossed!) will be spent doing this…


And a more of this…

Wish me luck!

I’m on a roll!

After a full day of work in the office, I was itching to get home and sew like a mad woman. After giving Mason a pat hello (and a quick break outside), I ran down to my make-shift sewing space (read: TV trays in front of the couch) and got busy.

On my lunch hour, I found the perfect woven fabric in navy to complement some ikat-inspired fabric that I picked up in Buffalo at Jo-ann’s. I love a deal — and the woven fabric was exactly that at just $2/metre from Fabricland. Score!

I’m very pleased with the finished product, especially the custom piping.

I love how the navy fabric on the back highlights the piping and gives the pillow an entirely different look. I’m also loving the concealed zipper — it’s very forgiving and looks rather sharp.

I’m very pleased with how the textiles for our living room/dining room are coming together. The space is now bursting with colour — navy, orange and white.

Since I started undertaking this project and sharing it on this blog, Twitter and Instagram (you can find me by searching: The236), I’ve had a few requests for custom sewing work. Such a lovely compliment — I just wish I had more hours in a day to sew for others! Maybe one day! In the meantime, I’m having fun scouring fabric shops and sewing to my heart’s content.

In case you are looking for me…

…I’m still trapped behind my sewing machine.

I say “trapped,” but, really, I’ve been gleefully sewing away. Every spare minute of my weekend was spent behind that machine. And, of course, I made sure to have some trashy TV on the tube.

I’m on a roll, folks! I shared a sneak peak of my living room drapery last weekend (more on that here) and this weekend was dedicated to throw cushions. Glorious, feather-filled cushions with piping and hidden zippers.

If you are interested in learning how to sew throw cushions with piping and hidden zippers, Anna from Shiny Happy Art has two great tutorials on YouTube that I found very useful:

Sewing a Cushion Part 1 – Piping and Zip

Sewing a Cushion Part 2 – Zip and Finish

Now, if you will excuse me, I have more sewing to attend to.

I’m alive. Promise.

Contrary to popular belief, I haven’t fallen off the face of the blog-earth….or Twitterverse.

Things are still chugging along at The 236. Think about it — will the projects ever end? NEVER! We love a good project.

But, lately my mojo to write about said projects has been MIA. I still owe a bathroom reveal post. Just trust me when I say that it’s lovely, magnificently functional and beautiful. I will share the final reveal soon. Promise.

So what exactly has distracted me from blogging?

Well, lots of things. Mainly, I blame Spring — my favourite season. Being chained to a desk and laptop every day at work makes me want to be outside. All. The. Time. We’ve been…


Tuning bikes.

Decorating for Spring.

Hanging at the park.

Watching Mad Men. Sunday’s episode had me almost jumping off the couch!

Cooking delicious food.

Satiating my Pyrex addiction.

Fabric shopping.

Sewing — and lots of it.

And, more hiking with Mason, of course.

Life is really awesome right now.