Hannah here: as is often the case with these things, decorating has been happening at snails pace, behind the scenes, in a spectacularly unimpressive way, bereft of dramatic before and afters. The afters, will come soon, I hope ,but they take a long time to form. One little job we managed to complete recently was printing our curtains. The kitchen is almost finished too which is shockingly exciting. I'll share some updates soon, promise!
Davina and I are addicted to printing in all it’s forms. You can use almost anything and it almost always looks good, especially if you follow our tips to keep it neat.
- A rectangular shaped bit of wood
- A sheet of craft foam
- Enough white cotton to cover your windows twice, so you have a nice gather at the top
- Curtain tape at the correct length for windows, but a bag of curtain hooks
- Sewing machine and thread
- Curtain tape
- Black acrylic paint and fabric medium
- Cloth or baby wipes
Step by step
- Wash and iron the fabric
- Double hem the curtains
- Make your stamp. Either find, cut, or have someone else cut a small rectangular bit of wood, as pictured. A kids wooden building block work well.
- Cut out a rectangle of craft foam and stick it to the side of your wooden block. Let the glue dry.
- Mix acrylic and fabric medium together in a pot then paint some ink on to the stamp and test it on a scrap of fabric to get the amount of paint on the stamp right.
- Use a cloth or baby wipe to wipe any excess paint off the side of the stamp.
- Paint more ink on to the stamp (which ensures a nice even layer of paint) and begin printing your curtain in a random confetti pattern. (I freehanded it but you could mark with a ruler and pencil if you want to be really accurate)
- Set the ink with an iron following the specific instructions of your ink.
- Sew curtain tape across the top of the curtain, then pull the threads to gather it together.
- Hang them up!
And voila, here they are!
The windows in our house are really good (the benefit of plastic windows) so we opted for light, floaty curtains and didn’t bother lining them. This is a really cheap, quick way to make curtains (or any other textile too!)
Happy Making Monday!
P.S what a hectic, wonderful few weeks! We went to WOW (post soon), ran a craft session there, Frankie turned 3, we were announced as speakers at Blogtacular, (wheeee!) we had articles in Mollie Makes AND held our first big event, Club Milk! Phew! Sleep?!!! what sleep?!