Friday, January 21, 2011

Thrifted Window Shades with some DIY Love

So when I want anything I start at the thrift first. When I started working on the play/craft room, I decided I wanted maybe some tie up shades. So I put it on my search for list when I came across two mid-length shears. I'm didn't really think they were what I wanted but for a $1 each I knew I could do something with them.

That's when it struck me that I could use some fabric from my stash and add the ties myself. But to be honest with you, that evening I started tackling this project I wasn't in the sewing mood. I was in the "easy" mode. Enter Glue Gun. Quick, easy and instant gratification.

I just cut the pieces, ironed them and then literally glued the seam together and then glued it on to the shear.

Now maybe given the opportunity again I would probably just sew it and stop being lazy about it. But the glue gun worked great and since it's high temp it'll wash well on gentle. So I'm not worried and I think for what it is it looks great.

What do you think?

The larger window needed something as well. It was also a serious thrift store find meets quick DIY. A $1 bedsheet turned into window treatment!

This twin bedsheet which really isn't all that well made already had the hem at the top that was open at the ends perfect for a curtain rod.

I've also been wanting something with a scalloped edge or pom pom trim for that window.

So I just went for both and am glad I did.

I folded over the bedsheet long ways and cut my length. Then with it still folded over a couple times long ways, I cut one scallop (sort of the same concept when you fold a piece of paper to cut out a heart) and opened it up. Wah Laaa!

Because I didn't really want to finish the end of that edge (I was really uber lazy this particular day)I thought about the pom pom trim. Again enter glue gun. I added a cute bunting I made and now it feels so fun, bright and cheerful just the way a playroom should.

(pretend you don't see the snow piling up on my deck furniture outside. It's been a busy winter)

Two window treatments for a total under $5. Awesome! DIYing thrift store finds might be my favorite thing to do.

Do you DIY your thrift store finds?

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  1. This ROOM is SO LOVELY!!! I so want to play in there! Great job on that window treatment! I totally adore all things bunting, and plan on adding some to our basement playroom too :)

  2. Thank you for linking up to Sew Woodsy! Fabulous job on making inexpensive window treatments!!!

  3. I love that pom pom shade! Thanks for the idea:)

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