Well, I’m probably going to jinx the weather by saying this BUT….THE SNOW IS GONE! Spring is definitely in the air and I couldn’t be happier. Tulips are in the supermarkets, there’s that distinct damp yet fresh smell in the air, and I can send the kids outside in t-shirts without worrying that they’ll freeze a limb off.
We have so many birthday’s the first two weeks of April, that it feels like we’re existing solely off of cake and ice cream. I’m not saying this is a bad thing, but all the celebrating leaves little time for much else when you factor in work and activities as well. One thing I wish I had was more time to sew. I’m turning into a bit of a material hoarder, I’m a sucker for a cute patterned material and can’t seem to leave the fabric store without grand plans to sew some new pj pants for the boys or summer dresses for Ellie. Needless to say it doesn’t happen as often as I would like it to.
With that being said, you won’t be surprised when I tell you that I’ve been meaning to hem the curtains in our living room for a while now. And by awhile, I mean the 2 years that they’ve been hanging there.
They had essentially turned into dust catchers. This my friends, is not a good thing.
I took those bad boys down, gave them a good wash and then went to town with adjusting them down to an acceptable length. You’re probably wondering how I managed this without having to dig out my sewing machine, right? Here’s the magic ingredient peeps:
Some good old HeatnBond. It’s GREAT for quick projects and holds up super well. I used it to make the covers of our living room chairs awhile back and also for the cushion cover on the bench in our front entry. It’s my go-to when I need quick and easy. For my curtains I simply followed the hemline that was already there and folded it over 3 times. With each fold I ironed the edge down to keep it crisp and straight.
Once I hit the desired length I unfolded the hem twice and cut a piece of HeatnBond long enough to lay from the bottom to the top of my last hem line. Using my iron on the “Silk” setting I pressed overtop the strip. You don’t want to have your iron too hot, nor do you want to keep it on too long or else it will completely melt your strip and the tape won’t adhere to the rest of the fabric. Peel the white backing off and repeat on the other end. Fold your hem up once and then cut another strip long enough to extend along the bottom of your curtain. Follow the same steps as you did along your two edges.
Fold your hem over the tape, increase your heat a bit and iron your hem down.
Once I ironed the hem down from behind I flipped the curtain over and ran the iron over the hem from the front. This just ensured that the tape had bonded to the fabric. The weight of the hemmed bottom will be enough to keep your curtain from flying around. The hem will be stiff for the first little bit, but over time it will loosen up (without losing it’s hold) a bit. A quick iron over the rest of the curtain and these beauties were ready to hang in all their hemmed glory!
SO much better! They skim the floor and look 100x better than they did prior. And it took all of 1 hour total and no sewing machine.