Tara's Project Research: DIY Curtain Overload

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Guys, I don't know if you knew this, but there is A LOT to choose from when it comes to fabric. Like, crazy tons of amazing colors, prints, weights... and I'm a little overwhelmed, because when you're curtaining an entire wall, fabric is not cheap. At least how I'll make my curtains is simple, right? Nope! Tons of choices there, too. Today, I try to narrow it down.

After getting buried in a virtual pile of fabric swatches on the internet, I went to Gather Here in Cambridge to actually touch and compare bolts. Though I added more options to my short list (like the gorgeous Daisy Janie prints in the above photo), I did narrow down what I ultimately want. I can confidently say my curtains will be a large-scale print that has paisley/floral aspects in a warm red/orange/yellow colorway. 

Unless I go kelly green or teal. Who knows.

I'm planning a trip to Zimman's this week to check out more home decor fabric options, and will hope to actually purchase something this weekend.

And then figure out how to use my sewing machine. 

Did you know there are also A TON of ways to actually sew (or not sew) curtains? You can do tabs, or pockets, or hems, or tiebacks, or lined, or striped... just this one DIY curtain post has 10 projects. 

Since this will be my first sewing project since I made a lumpy snowman pillow in 7th grade, I'm going to go very basic. I'll just hem the darn things and hang them with clipped rings. Maybe if I'm feeling bored and ambitious in the dead of winter, I'll take them down and line them. But that's for February, not August.

Did your pairing research leave you with more questions than answers?

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