This is what you will need to hem the curtains.

Three Household Projects

November, the days are colder, shorter and make me want to hibernate. Since that means I’ll be spending as much time as possible indoors I might as well try and make good use of my time. So here are three “around the house” projects that I have been putting off, but really need to get done.

This is the window in the sunroom before the curtain.

Let’s face it, this sunroom isn’t getting used at the moment but in preparation for next summer I want to put up a curtain. There is a West-facing window that during the summer really heats up the room and lets the sun shine right on the couch. My issue with this is that over time sunlight damages fabric and I’d like to keep this couch in good condition as long as I can.

I was able to find a blackout curtain on sale at the fabric store. The size of the window is 42 inches (107cm) so only one panel was needed; it just needed to be hemmed. Start by measuring the length of your window, this one doesn’t have a curtain rod yet so I guessed where it would be placed and measured down from there. Add the seam allowance to your measurement.

After the panel has been cut, it just needs to be hemmed and it's ready to hang.

Lay the fabric out and using the measuring tape I measured from the top of the curtain to the point I needed to cut, 34 ½ inches (88cm). I marked this place with a pin and went along the rest of the curtain from one side to the other marking this measurement. I’m really bad at cutting straight lines, any of wrapping paper in the house will agree, so this line of pins will give me a guide.

Cut the fabric and hem. I did this with my usual technique of sewing a line folding on that line sewing again, folding on that line and sewing once more. This encloses the raw edge.

Here is the hemmed curtain on the sunroom window.

Second project is hemming the bed skirt on my bed. I have a box spring that is a smaller than standard height. This was to ensure that the detail work on the top of my headboard wasn’t always covered up with pillows. Since the mattress and box spring are on a typical metal frame this also meant that the bed needed a bed skirt to cover all that up. With the box spring being smaller the bed skirt has always been too long and me too lazy to do anything about it, but fold it under.

Every time I make the bed I need to refold, it gets caught in the vacuum; it’s really just a pain. I measured from the top of the box spring to the floor, then moved everything off the bed and pushed the mattress up against the wall. Leaving room for a seam allowance I followed the method from above, cutting off the excess fabric and hemming the edge.

The only step that I missed was ironing and I didn’t think about it until I had already put the bed skirt back on. If you have a bed skirt you’ll know how tedious it is to get it placed correctly. I wasn’t taking it off to iron, maybe I will in another three years since that’s how long it took me to get around to hemming it.

This is the bedskirt after hemming.

This last one is easily the project with the most payoff. If you have a duvet you’ll know that they never like to stay in the corners of the duvet cover. This is especially inconvenient when you go to reach for more blanket in the middle of the night and all you get is a handful of duvet cover.

Here is what you will need to keep you duvet from escaping the duvet cover corners.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 4 buttons – ideally that match you duvet cover if it is light in colour
  • Ribbon – again that matches the duvet cover
  • Needle
  • Thread – that matches the ribbon

Begin with sewing the one button to each corner of the duvet. To sew a good button you don’t want it to be too loose or too tight. If it is too tight under stress it will pop off. Your hand sewing technique doesn’t need to be perfect; the only person who is going to see this is the one that changes the sheets.

Cut four pieces of ribbon, looped it should be big enough to fit over the button comfortably and have a little extra space to for you to sew down. I started by sewing each loop closed then I sewed one ribbon loop to each inside corner of the duvet cover.

When putting the duvet back in the cover I like to start with the cover inside out and place the top two buttons in the top two loops then work the duvet cover opening down over the duvet, place the last two corner buttons in the loops and close up the opening.

Here is the hemmed bedskirt back on the bed and the duvet is all buttoned up.

Now that the bed is made up again, it’s time for a nap.

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