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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Goodwill is a great place to find craft supplies!

While looking on Pinterest, I found this pin of a doggie bed made from a night stand someone found at Goodwill.  So, of course, I needed that for my babies to lay in. But, since I have two of them, I needed one big enough for both of them.  I went to Goodwill and found an old nightstand and had it for months and months. At a different time I also found a one door cabinet that did not have a shelf in it and bought it too.  I was going to just paint that and use it in my laundry room.

After having them both for a long time and not doing anything with them, I decided to get rid of them to make room in my garage (for  more junk!)  Anyhoo, I decided the night stand was too tall and not wide enough for my two chi babies.  So, I looked at the cabinet and my wheels started to turn.  Here is the before pic and the rest is history!

 I took the top off, it had 4 screws holding it on. I took the door off and I pounded one of the sides until I got it off too.

I also had curtain fabric left and paint from other projects so I painted it to match my family room since that is where it resides.  I also had some small wooden candle sticks and I painted those black too and use E6000 glue to glue them on the bottom.  They made the perfect legs for the bed!  I also used my Silhouette and made vinyl lettering with their names on it.

Here is Lucy posing so beautifully for me!  She is my little Princess.

Here is Sophie, it took a few tries, but finally got a decent one of her in here.
They do like it. They don't lay in it much, but it makes a nice edition to my room.

I never knew curtains could be so simple to make....

My family room ceiling is about 18 ft high and 13 ft of that is windows.  So, I wanted to make my own curtains one, to save a little money and two, because I wanted to do it myself.  I finally found some fabric that I loved online from  and it was so reasonable. I think I paid 12.95 per yard and it was 30.00 per yard fabric. I also bought the backing fabric and it was something like 2.95 per yard.  So, for under 100.00, I bought fabric to make 4 panels for two long windows. 

What I did was use the width 54inches and cut in half to make two panels.  My windows are narrow and I wanted less bunchy fabric on each side.  Otherwise, it would have cost double that, but that would still be better than paying someone over a thousand dollars to make.

Here is the link I followed on Pinterest (Click her for link on Pinterest for Step by Step)  and my pics to go along with it - step by step.  She has the BEST instructions EVER!  If I can follow them, you can too.  Just take your time and when she says to iron the hems, please do this! That is what saved me.
Up close of my fabric.  I love it!
First,  I laid my fabric out and cut down the center to make two panels.  I had a cutting board I moved along the bottom and used one of those rotary cutters! THE BEST THING EVER!

Once I had these cut, I took each one and ironed the hems down like she said. See my ironing board in the back, so I really did do it! :)

 Just a close up of the ironed hems.

Then, you place your backing fabric under the hems and I cut it. She used a sheet, but I needed much longer, so I bought thin backing fabric.  This part was easy too.

The next few pics are my sewn curtains. I was so proud. 

Another smart thing I did was cut one, iron it, add backing, pin it and them sew them ONE AT A TIME!  If I had cut all at one time, ironed each one before sewing, I probably would not have finished in one day. But to do one panel at a time and see the finished product before making the next one, I got more excited each time to get them done.  They don't look like much here, but hanging, I am so pleased.

It was really hard to get a good view of them hanging.  But, you can see how long they are.

I still have not hemmed them! I was trying to decide if I should puddle them or not, but I think since this is a family room and it is casual, I won't puddle. I just have to get them hemmed now. I will do it while they are hanging.

Tell me what you think.  Also, if you want to try them, please refer to the link above, she is fantastic with her instructions!  Good Luck!