Series: Easy to Make!
Hardcover: 96 pages
Publisher: Collins & Brown (February 1, 2011)
Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.8 x 9.2 inches
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Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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Title: Easy to Make Curtains and BlindsAuthor: Wendy BakerPublished: 5-7-14Publisher: Pavilion BooksPages: 96Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & HomeSub Genre: Sewing; Interior Design; Decorating; Upholstery & FabricsISBN: 978190397811ASIN: B00PPHG2RSReviewer: DelAnneReviewed For: NetGalleyMy Rating: 4 1/2 Stars.I have been sewing since I was a teenager, but have never been comfortable with curtains and never tried blinds at all. My main safe zone has been clothing, quilts, toys and decorative pieces. I saw this book and wanted to actually try it to see how hard it was to try a set of cafe curtains for my kitchen and a lighter weight full window treatment for the living and dining rooms. The I saw the beautiful sheers and thought of a bathroom I had years ago with curtains outside the tub with a sheer and regular shower curtain and thought why not use it as a starting point. I did the window using the two cafe curtain panels, made a matching valance for the window and carried the same theme to the bathtub just making longer panels and a bigger valance with a solid sheer. My bathroom ended up looking wonderful. I am so pleased. I plan to do the living and dining rooms next and have such high hopes.The book itself is so informative, with easy to understand step-by-step instructions with graphics to show examples. Ms Baker goes over the required equipment, the variety of materials and tells how to measure the window and configure required material. You can personalize your home and make it look like you had it decorator and professional seamstress on hand to do the work. Easy does not equate with cheap looking in any way. My rating is 4 1/2 stars.
What a cool book! It's basic but challenges. Gives step by step directions and advice for making wonderful window dressings. If it's been too long since high school home ec class - or if you never had a home ec class - this is a great review and guide to making individual curtains whether for a country kitchen or downtown office. Exact directions given for measurements, with many photographs of examples.Wonderful way to have things that not everyone has - make it yourself. If you don't know fabric or sewing terms, there's a guide that tells you nap from velour. A few basic stitches are needed. Not too expensive to add to the bookshelf. In full disclosure, I previewed a reading copy in NetGalley, but if you're a homesteader or just like being an individual, this is a good place to start. From dainty and sheer to bold there are possibilities in hundreds of fabrics. The author covers linings, pretty ways to attach the curtains and accessories.Well done, lovely book if you're starting to sew or remembering how it was done.
This book is gives you a good start for making your own curtains. I felt the instructions were easy to follow, giving you good advice on how to measure. The author even showed different styles of windows and your of curtains you could use. If you are a complete beginner at sewing, I think there would be some frustration at some points in the book. But I found it to be helpful to me and a good book to refer to on some issues you might have. There are even diagrams on different stitches to use. A lot would be basic info for a more experienced sewer.I would recommend to someone just starting out wanting something easy to make!* I received an ARC from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Good reference book
No patterns or really any useful information at all in this book. Was not what I expected at all.
only game in town but not very imaginative and too many old fashioned pinch pleated curtains.
I will be making all of my window coverings for my new home. This will be very helpful!
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