Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Anthropologie-inspired Curtains

My friend saw these hand-dyed batik curtains at Anthropologie for her guest bedroom, but you have to purchase each panel separately.  She would have needed four panels at $99/panel (ON SALE) which would have cost her $400 plus tax and shipping.  Instead of paying for the outrageously priced curtains, which would not have fit her uniquely sized bungalow windows anyway, she asked me to design them for her. 

We took a trip to Joann Fabrics with the Anthropologie picture on her ipad for inspiration.  She wanted blues and greens like the nearby ocean as well as batiks.  We selected four fabrics: a white paisley eyelet, grey batik, white cotton with rick-rack and ribbon, and sea foam green with circles.  All the material for both windows, metal clips, and rods to hang the curtains cost less than $50.  That's a huge difference from the $400 sale price. 

At the store, J. arranged the material - keeping the whites in between the batik and print. After several calculations I cut the various rectangular panels from about 9" to 5.5" and then sewed them together.  I finished the edges with a zig-zag stitch.  The final curtains are 42" wide x 40" long each.  They look beautiful in her beachy bedroom and are even more J. than the Anthro ones.

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