posted by Megan on
December 1, 2011
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When I first had the idea for this blog, these were the posts I really wanted to write. You see, I move…a lot. And one of my favorite challenges when I move into a new home is to fit what I have from my old home into my new home. Oftentimes, this incorporates re-painting, cutting apart, re-sewing together, and/or re-arranging old items…but I just love the challenge and it really gets my creative juices flowing! Some items get put in boxes or on shelves for “the next home” because I just can’t make them work; but many make a re-appearance in a whole new and fun way! It’s taken me a little time to get caught up on posts of my past homes and projects, but now I am finally ready to write my first This –> That post!
I’ve hinted at it here and there, but today I am going to talk about these curtains:
Like I said in my original post, I bought this fabric in the clearance section at JoAnns…I bought all that was left on the bolt for some insanely low price. When I made these curtains in San Diego, I had to figure out a way to make my curtains the right length and hang them with the material I had – there was no going back to buy more!
I’ve loved this fabric from the moment I saw it because it so perfectly tied my other fabrics together. When we moved to Quantico, I had every intention of using the same curtains. Unfortunately, as is ALWAYS the case, my windows were too tall for these curtains…and like I said, there was no buying more fabric!
After some brainstorming, I decided to cut apart one of the panels and made these two valences:
And because there was a tiny bit left from that one panel, I went ahead and made these tie backs!
So if you’re keeping track, that’s one panel down, one panel left. When it came time to determine my Thanksgiving table theme, I knew I wanted to incorporate these fun fall colors and tie the table into my entire living space. Since I had no other grand plans for the other curtain panel, I cut the second one apart to make my T-Day table placemats!
I simply used pinking sheers to cut the panel down into placemat-sized rectangles!
The final effect was so simple, and it cost me NOTHING since I already had the fabric!
I’ve used this same This –> That concept quite a bit over the years, and I am excited to show you the many ways I have repurposed and “up-cycled” some of my old projects!