I'm so excited to be Laurette's guest blogger today. My name is Jolene and I'm a graphic designer, beginner seamstress and occasional artist. I have two beautiful little girls that give me plenty of inspiration and many challenges along the way. But I have been blessed with such a great mom, who has taught me how to be a good mom and a creative woman, all at the same time.
Besides the things I occasionally sew for my girls, I have a niece that I love to spoil whenever possible. One such occasion, was this past July. She just turned 7 and she's all about Hello Kitty. Her bed set came with an extra top sheet that needed a purpose, or an upcycle as it may be. And there lay a naked window with the need for flare.
To make this top sheet into a set of curtain panels, I just needed a few cuts and decent amount of hem work. I stared by cutting off the extra fabric not needed for the boxy sized window. Making just one cut to leave a nice 30"x80" section of fabric left over, to use later for other items in the room. Then I cut the width of the top sheet in half vertically, to make two curtain panels. Then hemmed all the unfinished edges. Once each panel was hemmed and ready, I ironed down the top flap I wanted to give me enough fabric to create a rod pocket and a 2.5" ruffled top. Two sewn seams per panel, and the cutest set of curtains were born.
Now a vanity ruffle skirt, a padded stool to come, and the room will be complete. So much fun, and so much purple and pink, just the way my niece loves it.
Thanks for reading my guest post. Hope it gave you a little inspiration, great ideas, and the courage to do a little sewing of your own; even if you aren't a seasoned seamstress, the basics are always possible.
Come read about a few more sewing projects for my girls and so much more at
A Jewel'd Design - www.ajewelddesign.blogspot.com