Tuesday, November 12, 2013

[Sew Fun] Project #10: Pom Trim Curtains



Finally!  I spent 2 straight months sewing teepees and teepees only, now that I finally finished my orders and vacationed the shop, it's time to prep for baby girl!  I did manage to sew a receiving blanket, but I'm not going to count that as part of my sewing challenge since I made a blanket for Project #7.  

For Ashlynn's nursery, I splurged on her curtains.  Since we didn't go with a traditional bedding set with an expensive bumper and save money with some other items, I spent a little more on custom black out curtains by Rocky Top Design.  And I still love them to this day.  

Since Kenley's room has 3 windows (single on wall and double on the other) and we are trying to do her room at lowest cost possible, I thought I'd try to DIY some curtains and just replace the (ugly) black out shades that were originally installed. 


For the curtains, I wanted something simple and went back to a style I had originally loved for Ashlynn's room.  The Pom Pom Trim curtain.  I even included them in my original inspiration board for Kenley's room as a must have item. 


While, Anthro no longer sells them, you can find similar versions at Serena & Lily or PB Teen.  Both of which sell for approximately $200, give or take, for the floor to ceiling length I was looking for.  I picked up a some plain white Ikea Ritva panels, which were $24.99 for a pair.  I had a third panel on hand from our previous house since I only used one in our new house's kitchen.  After wavering between aqua or black poms, I decided the black would have more contrast and would be more versatile if I ever wanted to use them in another room.

I've seen lots of DIY tutorials for these popular pom trimmed curtains, most recently on 6th Street Design SchoolHoney & Fitz, and House for Five.  Basically, this is nothing new or innovative. You can do it the way I did, or totally cheat and use a hot glue gun.


Materials
3 Curtain Panels (98"L each)
9 Yards Pom Fringe (approximately 104" for each panel)
Sewing Machine 
Thread in matching colors
Hot glue gun


I first pinned the pom fringe to the edge of the panel making sure there was enough left over to cover the pole pocket on both sides.  I then stitched the fringe using black thread on top and white on the bobbin to keep the stitching hidden. 


I stopped sewing right before the pole pocket, so I wouldn't sew it shut (obviously).   Now, if you wanted, you could hand stitch the trim around the pocket.... but really?


So, yeah, I used hot glue on the front and the back.  


A quick ironing and boom, knock off do-it-yourself curtains on the cheap.  All said and done, this ran me under $50 total. 



Two more projects to go!



17 comments:

  1. Hi Erinn! I love all your sewing projects. Just wondering how you learned to sew - did you just pick a project and start or did you take some sort of tutorial? I have a sewing machine that I've never used, but with my own #2 on the way, I'd love to start some projects.

    (Also, just fyi, most cheese you find in the grocery store, including goat, feta, and gorgonzola, is pasteurized so totally safe for pregnant women! I definitely would have struggled getting through my last pregnancy without goat cheese!)

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    1. Hi Jennifer! My mom got me the machine and taught me the basics - how to thread it, thread the bobbin, backstitch, etc. And I just got started. If you click the Sew Fun tag you can follow my posts from the very start. My first project was the mini quilt. I'm still intimidated to try clothing, but hoping to get over it and give it a try!

      And yes, I know about the grocery store - thank goodness!! But at home salads aren't quite the same as the ones you order out (or maybe just mine??) and I'm always too nervous to order soft cheeses from restaurants or be the annoying person asking, mainly because I don't really trust them to check, lol!

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  2. I love these!! And want them in every room of my house (who doesn't love Poms?!)!

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  3. Erinn did a great job on those! I like that you DIY things (sucessfully!!) instead of just paying someone else to do them. Love seeing all your projects!

    You've inspired me many time to want a sewing machine, but then reality sets in and I don't think I'd do as good of a job.

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  4. So so sweet! I love these and think they can easily transition through the years!

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  5. These turned out so great! I don't sew, but I might have to bust out my hot glue gun and give these a try!

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    1. Definitely a simple (and cheap) project either way!

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  6. Oh I love this look. So pretty and dainty!

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  7. I can name at least three rooms of my house that are about to get pom curtain-ed.

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  8. Love them! Ikea curtains are great for adding your own touch. Good Job Momma!!! The room is looking so so good!!!

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  9. That looks great!! Sew easy! I love how you do all these projects and share them on here. I NEED to clean an organize our third room so I can do some sewing in there (and have Ellie's play room in there too!)

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  10. those look great! So jealous of your sewing skills :)

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    1. Don't be jealous! This is perfect project for a beginner!

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  11. So, I see I'm rather late commenting on this post but only saw it today after searching for diy pom pom curtains. If you still respond to posts this old, please tell me where did you get your pom pom trim?? Thanks!

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  12. Hi Jess! I got it on Etsy from seller https://www.etsy.com/shop/emmyandsoph you can usually find it in Joann stores too!

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