Varenna Coral

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

Resources:
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.

Sew Painful, Yet Sew Worth It!

Over the Christmas break, I managed to start work on sewing the curtains for our little one’s room. Going into this, I knew it would be hard work — not the sewing part (that’s the easy part, if you ask me!), but the physical part of prepping and sewing large pieces of fabric. Lots of bending, kneeling, squatting, sitting, standing in front of an ironing board for hours…..you get the picture.

Being seven months pregnant and tackling a project like this is no joke. Part way through cutting the fabric for the curtains, I had to stop and take a shower. The whole process made me break out in a sweat! I felt like I just completed an hour long hot yoga class followed by a 5km race. It was not a pretty sight!

The curtains, on the other hand, are coming together beautifully! I’m in no rush to finish them, so I’ve been plugging away a little bit here and there. Netflix has been entertaining me while I iron all my hems.

This weekend, I managed to get the hems of both panels ironed and pinned. I am now ready for the next step — inserting the dim-out lining in behind each panel, which means more cutting, bending, kneeling, squatting and complaining (oh, my aching back!)

I’m anxious to get behind the sewing machine and start piecing these curtains together. I want nice finished edges, so I took some time over the holidays to practice blind hemming stitches on my machine using some scrap fabric. The result? Perfection! I wish I used this technique on my living/dining room curtains last year, but I didn’t realize I had the right foot for the job until now. Ah well, live and learn!

Am I regretting not having these curtains custom sewn for me? Not yet. So far I have been enjoying the entire process and the money saved by sewing them myself has allowed us the ability to allocate our “baby room dollars” to other items — more on that later! Plus, I’m enjoying working on this project knowing that it’s going to be enjoyed by someone really special. :)

Curtain fabric: Varenna, Coral from Tonic Living

Fabulous Fabric

Since deciding on keeping the existing beige paint colour in baby girl’s room, it was time to turn our attention to fabric.

I knew that I wanted the space to be modern, graphic, colourful and versatile for years to come — but, that was it. As for a colour scheme? No clue. No clue at all!

That’s why I love Tonic Living. Their online fabric store {which is Canadian, by the way!} is a super awesome source. So many wonderful fabrics to choose from at reasonable prices. You can’t find fabrics of this quality, variety, etc. at a big chain fabric store. Don’t even bother….I’ve tried!

After snooping around for a bit, this fabric called “Varenna, Coral” caught my attention:

If you follow along in “blogland” at all, you might recall that Stefanie from Brooklyn Limestone used the same fabric in her little gal’s room. Isn’t it amazing? SOLD!

To make sure that we were on the right path, I ordered a swatch of the fabric along with a handful of other samples.

After playing around with all of the options, Ted and I settled on this scheme:

From left to right: “Varenna, Coral”: curtains, “Emilio Cosmo”: throw cushions, “Flatiron, Grey”: crib skirt — all from Tonic Living. The Orange Dot and Khaki Dot fabric samples are from Land of Nod and will likely end up being the crib sheet and/or change pad fabric.

So, I guess you can say our scheme is a mix of cherry-coral-orange-khaki-grey-white awesomeness! It’s totally not what I thought we would end up choosing {I’m eating my words right now — I always said I wouldn’t include “pink” in a girl’s room}, but I love it and so does Ted, which is important because he’ll be spending a lot of time in this space changing dirty diapers, right honey? :)

Now, the big debate is whether I should sew the curtains myself, or have the capable folks at Tonic Living do them for me. I’ve sewn curtains before for our living room and they turned out super fabulous {and I really enjoy sewing}, but I just don’t know if my somewhat tired, pregnant body has the energy to complete the curtains. The pillows and crib skirt can be whipped up quite easily — it’s the curtains that have me hesitating a bit. I’ll keep you posted!

As an aside, this isn’t a sponsored post. I happen to really love Tonic Living and am happy to promote a local Canadian business run by exceptional folks. Thanks Janine and Shannon for your help!