7.30.2010

Frugal Friday~

Welcome to this week's Frugal Friday! Today I'm sharing with you a project that I originally shared back in February. But a great project bears repeating.

From the moment I laid eyes on them, I longed to have a set of these beautiful smocked curtains.



And I knew then and there that I HAD to come up with a less expensive version of these beauties (i.e. one that didn't cost $108 per panel). And I had a plan.



Then while visiting my parents, my Papa dragged me to the basement to look at some of the things we stored at their house before we moved to Massachusetts. Lo and behold, in the box were a pair of curtains from the Princess' nursery.



I remembered them immediately (why had I stored them away? hello?) and knew they would make the perfect smocked beauties I envisioned.



They were inexpensive PB knockoffs...from Tar-jay I believe. But they were just what I needed. Slightly sheer...and they had the added bonus of having a "grid" woven right in. The plaid pattern saved me having to make measurements which was what I was dreading the most in my "smocking" plan.




Now, I have a disclaimer to make. If anyone reading this blog knows how to smock, please forgive me. I just flew by the seat of my pants.


I figured it would be kind of like creating in fabric, a hairstyle that I have done numerous times on the Princess.


And it was. Sort of. I started out by creating a sort of "M" pleat on every other stripe. Then I simply sewed each pleat through about three times and knotted it off.


I then took each of the "point" pleats of the "M" and seperated them pulling them down and over so that they met at the next horizontal row down, and the next vertical row over, and sewed them together again.


I repeated that process for 6 rows. I'm not gonna lie. It was kind of a pain. The first panel took me an hour and a half. The second only took about an hour because I had it down to "science" by then.


But I ADORE the results. And the cost was FREE!!! Well, I think the panels probably cost $20 for the pair 7 years ago. But...they were free today!


Now, one thing to keep in mind if you try to tackle a project like this on your own is that you are going to lose the width of the panels by half. So mine had to become stationary panels. They look lovely, however, over the Princess' bed with her old sheers under them.


This is a picture of the Princess' room with the smocked curtains before I redid it, but you can see the panels better in this photo.

Here is the Princess' room after it's redo, just so you can see how it looks today. :-)
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30 comments:

Tara@JustDevineStyle said...

The curtains look wonderful! You did a great job for "flying by the seat of your pants"

Leanne said...

Beautiful Curtains! Thanks for hosting!

Christie said...

The curtains are just beautiful! The entire room is! I have two girls and I sure wish I knew how to smock...love the hair! three pixie lane

Janell @ Isabella and Max said...

How very clever of you, and resourceful! It looks like a lot of work, don't other people's DIY projects always seem like a lot of work?! But what a beautiful result! Janell

Lolly Jane said...

cah~ute curtains-worth the hours! (:

thanks for hosting!

abeachcottage.com said...

wow! you are rocking those curtains, very clever

sarah

AliLilly said...

I think they look amazing!! Thanks for hosting! :)

Mary Ellen said...

I think flying by the seat of your pants is the best way to go!! Looks great!

Robyn said...

Those are just GORGEOUS! FABULOUS job!

Jess @ Frugal with a Flourish said...

I want to run out right now and make some of those!!!! Totally bookmarking this one! Thanks for hosting!

Vanessa said...

Those are so cute! Great job!

Kimberly said...

Those curtains are precious! They are so simple in that room but so great!

Megan said...

The curtains are absolutely gorgeous! I would have run screaming from such an intimidating task. You pulled it off beautifully!

the cape on the corner said...

wow, princess's room looks great! thanks for hosting, too.

Lori@ Paisley Passions said...

Love those curtains! Thanks for hosting :)

Heather said...

Wow, those are great!

One Cheap B*tch said...

What can I say? You did an awesome job on those curtains! Thanks for hosting! It's been a while since I was able to get to your partay!

Jeanine

dogsmom said...

I love the comparison photo to the Princess' hairstyle.

RJ @ A Life Designed said...

I *love* those curtains! Great job! I'm totally filing this one away for future use!

{jami @ i m a g i n e} said...

These look awesome! Great job! I don't think I'd have the patience for this project!

I'm hosting a Shabby Chic GIVEAWAY that I think you and your readers will love! It's an original 8x10 watercolor of a cute little pink bunny! So sweet! Please come check it out! i m a g i n e

xo - jami
i m a g i n e

Lolly Jane said...

That pink pillow & wreath really make the room pop with color and come alive- just DARLING!

Thanks for hosting :)

FineArtPainting said...

i love your curtains. you are just so creative.

... if you wish, ... you could add your tutorial into our linky so that our readers can find you. current linky is here:
http://www.finecraftguild.com/diy-tutorial-linky-party-8/

Rose

Life in Rehab said...

Wow, your drapes are darling, and I wish I'd seen that hairstyle when my daughter had long hair!

Thanks for hosting, I'm getting some fun ideas from the other folks at the party!

-Julie said...

Love those curtains! You did a great job!

Anne K. said...

The curtains are fabulous! What a super idea!

As luck would have it, my next podcast is about doing creative things with curtains. It'd be great to include this idea - if it's OK with you, would love to mention this project and link back to you through the show notes.

Erin Wallace said...

I'm your newest follower from the Friday Follows. Nice blog! Hope to see you at Dropped Stitches.

Erin Wallace
droppedstitches72.blogspot.com

Bliss Bloom Blog said...

LOVE the curtains! You're amazing!!

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LuLu & Co. said...

It's so good to be back and visiting you again!!! Can't wait to catch up on all you've been up to
happy monday,
xo,
LuLu

lovecrafts said...

Love it, thanks for sharing