Five Essential Tools for Making Window Treatments + A Freebie

I’ve got a free guideline for you at the end of this post, so be sure to grab that after watching today’s video.

Sometimes people make more of something than is really necessary.  They may pretend they have expensive, high-end tools and equipment because they’re needed.  I get it that we want  nice things.  But, do we really and truly need  them?

To dispel any misconceptions of what’s truly needed, I’m here to tell you the absolute truth.

I’m sure many people sew window treatments with fancy tools and gadgets.  For those of you who are holding back from sewing because you think it’s too expensive to get started, here are my five essential tools I use when making window treatments.

I made this video for my Curtain Panel e-Course students, and I wanted you to have access to this information, too.  If I could only have five things, these are the ones I’d choose.

Just over a year ago, I covered the truth about sewing machines.  I speak of it briefly in the video, but to read all about that, visit this post  (but remember to grab the freebie first).  🙂

I put together a collection of the things I would order from Amazon if I were starting fresh today.

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Just so you know, I will receive a small commission if you purchase through these links.

First of all, my favorite scissors are available for extremely good prices at Amazon*.  I apologize to the left-handed among us.  Interior Design Diva is a leftie, and I found Gingher scissors for her a few years ago.  I searched and searched but couldn’t find them for you today, though.  So sorry!

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You can find a T-square at HobLob, but here’s one at Amazon* that looks to be the same.

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My favorite industrial tape in the entire world (and, I’ve been through many of these) is made by Stanley, which has served my needs the BEST.  Here’s the Amazon* link.

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Here are a couple of other items you might need for making curtain panels.

Although I teach in the Curtain Panel e-Course how to make buckram strips from flat-fold buckram, you can order it ready to go on the roll from Amazon.*   A time saver for sure.

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For making panels, we always need drapery weights.  I notice the price at Amazon* has decreased since my last personal order.

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Now for the freebie.  I’ve put together a simple guideline for making curtain panels.  It includes the procedures that are necessary for each step in the process, and in the proper order, too.  Enjoy!  🙂

Blessings~

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That Pious Church Lady

We’re on our way home this morning from chaperoning a youth trip with our church.  Those youth are such a neat group – full of energy, brains, and witty characters.  We were excited as we left Wednesday afternoon.

Before all of the packing was done, I sat at my computer Wednesday morning with nothing written for today’s post.  I stumbled across a Facebook post of a friend.  God drew me to her story, and I think He did it to show me He had today’s post in His hands all along.

Melissa strikes a chord that rings true with all of us on occasion.  Her story is so touching!

We are surrounded by vivid reminders of cancer’s reach and destruction while encouraged by the fellowship of suffering springing up in hallways, shuttle vans, and waiting rooms. Yesterday we were waiting in front of our hotel for the shuttle to pick up riders for the clinic. It was social hour inside the Residence Inn – snacks and drinks available for guests. Two women walked out to catch the van – balancing plates and wine. They both seemed a bit relaxed. We overheard the driver tell them he would drop them off at the Kroger next door. That pious little church lady inside me thought don’t they know van rides are for medical purposes?

I glanced at Maggie barely able to suppress rolling my eyes in annoyance. Then the younger of the two spoke to us. Before we made it from one parking lot to the next, we knew she had recently been diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time after beating it last year. She has three children at home – the youngest is five. She’s from Trussville, AL. Her name is Alecia. And she’s scared.

We shared the facts of Maggie’s situation, too. She laughed at the incongruity of reassuring Maggie that God held them both in His hand – while she was tipsy with wine. That’s when she acknowledged she wanted a bit of numbing. She looked like she might cry when she said, “And my hair has just grown back.” But she quickly shrugged it off, smiled, and said, “Hair is way overrated.”

Please pray for Alecia as she enters the battle again. And pray for me that I would stop my judgmental tendency of placing people in neat, pre-labeled boxes to save myself the trouble of relating to them. She left the van at Kroger telling Maggie, “I love you.” With inner church lady no where in sight, I was able to tell her the same. And mean it. How many times do I not get a chance to revise my judgment? Those times I don’t hear the details that pause my critical spirit before the door is totally slammed shut. The door of ministry. Understanding. Love. It hurts to begin to count the missed opportunities. If I learn one lesson from our time at MDA, may it be that one. Love first. Listen second. Speak last. And never roll my eyes.

Thank you for prayers as we finish this screening period and get started. We have details to work out. The first 28 day cycle of the clinical trial will require us to be at MDA for some purpose every week. We’re starting to get a sense of the schedule and what will be required, so we have decisions to make. We know our Lord is before us – in space and time – we need only follow. Good night. We love you.

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I ask you to pray for Maggie.  She turned 19 yesterday and has been in this cancer battle for several years.  She amazes us all with her positive attitude and cheerfulness in spite of some very hard times, medically and emotionally.

Thank you, Melissa, for sharing your story.  🙂

Blessings~

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Are You Trainable?

Winston is enjoying having a friend.  ID Diva’s new dog, Dorothy, is staying with us until she moves to a more pet-friendly apartment complex later this summer.  So…we have a new dog to train.  She has a bad habit of jumping on us in excitement as her form of greeting.  Training will continue until she understands our dislike of the action and behave in accordance with our actions.

We learn a lot from dogs.  It’s the same with horses, too.  When training either dog or horse, it’s useless if their focus is elsewhere.  How do we get them to change their focus from something else in their surroundings – to us?

With dogs, it’s love and treats.  Those two things mean everything to them.  Love and attention tops it all, really.

Horses respond to pressure – pressure against what they naturally want to do.  When we make their natural inclination uncomfortable for them, they are more likely to follow our lead.

That requires time and relationship.  We don’t ride our horses anymore, and they sure make good pets.  At the beginning, we trained them and built that relationship.  Now, even while we don’t “work” them, they respond to us (most often) in the ways we desire.

I collected a few pictures from December when the grass was dormant and they ate hay.

Their morning nap time – so rare for one not to be standing guard while the other two nap!

Because of our established relationship, they want to be near us and involved in what we do.

They come to us and respond positively to tying them up for hoof care or cleaning, which they totally rejected in the beginning.

We learn from horses and dogs that changing their focus takes time as they experience us.  Once we have their focus, they are trainable.

Are we much different than they?

God doesn’t treat us like dogs or horses, but He wired us with instincts for His involvement in our lives.  We desire His filling, His indwelling, His nearness.  When our focus is on the Lord, we are trainable.

Some might question whether God trains us.  We aren’t God’s pets to train, but the natural laws of training work in the same way in relation to our heavenly Father.

God allows pressure or hardships in life to change our focus.  Who do you turn to when life gets hard or unbearable?  My point exactly.

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When our focus is on God, things sure get a lot easier – even the hard stuff becomes bearable!

God allows consequences to our poor choices – or life situations in general – as learning and growth opportunities.  He loves us through all our behavior, good or bad.

When blessings come along, we are thankful.  One might wonder…

Is a blessing the same as a training treat – a reward from God?

We could never earn God’s love.  Our obedience demonstrates our love for the Lord, and that pleases Him.  It strengthens our relationship.  Therein lies the reward!

God’s love isn’t manipulation.  It’s pure love.  It’s a gift.

Let’s praise Him with gladness today, shall we?

Blessings~

 

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The Presence Within

Happy Mother’s Day!

The video I share today may seem unrelated to Mother’s Day, but you’ll see in a few minutes that it IS related.

You can find God’s Truth everywhere when you look for it. I discover wonderful things on YouTube!   As I searched for a song I was trying to find, this video popped up in the listing.

I clicked on it, even though it’s totally not related to music.  I was curious…

During the first few minutes of watching this video, I thought of this young man’s parents. I knew they must have prayed and grieved like c-r-a-z-y while he wandered away from the faith they instilled in him during his growing years. How they must have questioned God as their son pursued the New Age religion.

Why, God?
How could You allow this?
We did all the right things…why this?

I am so amazed sometimes at the power of God. He reached in and pulled this fellow, Steven Bancarz, out of the pit. I love this story, and I know there are many, many more like it. God is working! We don’t always think so or see it, but He is working things out in His own timing.

And He allows us to participate in what He’s doing – through prayer.

After watching this first video, I was hooked. I subscribed to the YouTube channel of Steven Bancarz and watched several that day. He clearly dove into God’s word after his salvation experience. He speaks God’s truths clearly and with authority because he studies and understands the Lord now.

He mentioned in a later video that he knew his mother prayed fervently while he was wayward. I was high five-ing her and cheering her on while watching that video alone in the Jersey City hotel room two weeks ago.

To you moms who have spent untold hours on your knees petitioning God to bring your child back from the pit, I say a special Happy Mother’s Day to you. God does hear our prayers, and the Lord will always have a tether to your child of God. They may want to temporarily rebel, but your child will return. It takes time, so don’t give up.

I have a personal history with this particular matter. Don’t think I sit here telling you what might sound good  without personal experience with it. You don’t know my history because I don’t air my dirty family laundry. But know this: I do understand the pain, the anguish, the betrayal of a child leaving your home, your faith, and your family.

And, you can survive it. You may not feel like you will, but cling to the Lord, and He will see you through. His grace is perfect, and He is perfectly working out your situation.

Start praising the Lord today – for what He is doing while you don’t see it.  Because I know He is working it out.  He loves you and is faithful to those who are faithful to Him. He will never leave you nor forsake you.

Do you know someone who is experiencing the trauma of a wayward child? Would you like to share this with them? I’d like you to, if you think it would help them.

Blessings~

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How to Dress Your Draperies

Whether you purchase ready-made draperies or make them yourself, you’ll want to dress them to fall nicely down the length of the panels.

How to Dress Your Draperies

I explained the process of dressing drapery panels on Facebook Live last evening.  If you missed the Live discussion, you can view the video here.

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After discussing the panel dressing aspect, I wanted to let people know about the free yardage calculation download  you received yesterday.  Hopefully, all who want to be in on the review this afternoon will be prepared with the printed worksheet.

So, spread the news…tell your friends…so they can get their worksheet before this evening – 5:30-6, Facebook Live.

Do you think you can make it?  I’d love to have you along for moral support, too!  😉

Blessings~

I’m sharing this post at Metamorphosis Monday.  Join us!

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Calculating Yardage Needs Doesn’t Have to Be Hard

You’ve decided to make some window treatments, so you head off to the store to shop for fabric.  You find something you think would be perfect!  But…then you ask yourself,

How much fabric do I need to buy?
How much will I really need?

Calculating Yardage Made Easy! @ CurtainQueenCreates.com

Measuring Windows and Hanging Rods  clarifies the ins and outs for you.  Measuring your window parameters is the very first step – before you can really begin anything else.  And, for further measurements, you need the rod mounted on the wall.

Plus, if your chosen fabric has a pattern repeat, you’ll need to calculate that into the equation.  Does this make you want to give up on the idea of making curtains before you ever get started?

I thought so.  That’s why I designed this worksheet for you.  To simplify things and give you all the numbers you need for three types of panels.

Gathered Panels

Gathered Panels

Plain (Flat Header) or Grommet Panels

Plain (Flat Header) Panels

Pleated Panels

Pleated Panels

Rather than trying to explain everything about yardage calculations, I thought I’d just give you the download.  For free!

Yardage Download

Simply print the worksheet pages and either laminate them or slide the pages inside sheet protectors.

Sheet Protectors

This way, you can easily write your computations with dry erase marker – and then wipe them away when you’ve finished making your curtain panels.

Yardage Calculations

The worksheet guides you through the calculation process.  I’ve done all the work for you!  You just fill in the blanks.

Update:  I explained how to use the worksheet on Facebook Live and returned to share it in this post.

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So head on over to get your printable worksheet pages.  I believe this will make your life much easier.  🙂

Do you think this will be your new go-to for calculating yardage?

Blessings~

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