Last winter I purchased a bag of unused remnants at a thrift store. Besides several small pieces of various patterns,there were two pieces of deep blue material with sunflowers in two coordinating designs. I loved them and thought one piece was large enough to make a summer tablecloth.
The largest piece of printed material is reminiscent of a quilt with lines, borders and sunflowers. When I got home, I put the material on my table. It needed a larger trim to make it long enough. I put the material away and began to look for trim. I had never made a tablecloth before, but it seemed simple enough. A rectangle sized for my table.
About a month ago, I was on Ebay looking at trims. One seller, who had bought a factory close-out of a deep eyelet trim, was selling 10 yards for $10.00. I immediately bought it.
I trimmed the material with pinking shears and began to hem all four sides. Then I added the new trim. I am not really a sewer so I am proud that it looks like what I imagined.
I added a small doily my sister-in-law crocheted for me years ago and topped it with a blue vase of sunflowers and lilies.
The coordinating fabric was in several pieces. I considered what I could make from it and decided to make new kitchen curtains for the summer. The kitchen faces west and all afternoon into the evening the sun beats on the window. I like a light color in the winter but a deep blue for summer was appealing. I pieced the material to make two panels. Again the object was two rectangles. Then I folded over the top and tacked it down to form a tube for a tension rod.
I considered adding trim to the curtains but had a different idea. I took some of the white eyelet trim and added a ribbon to the back to form a tube for a tension rod.
When I put it on a tension rod, I placed that rod in front of the curtains at the top. This creates a white shirred valence effect which I can use with other curtains.
I am really happy with result and look forward to the next few months of sunflowers. For about $14, I have a new beautiful tablecloth and kitchen curtains.
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