We had these beautiful cranberry panels in our bedroom for years. Rich and velvety... given to us by a dear friend. Over the years, they have faded a little and the material has become a bit worn. Then, when installing the window ac unit, we had an incident. A big rip incident... not really a repairable incident.
So began the project of replacing the panels and figuring out what I wanted to replace them with. I could have gone to the store and bought ready-made panels but I wanted something a bit different. So I started thinking things over in my head and calculating costs of my options. Then we stumbled upon a beautiful bedspread leftover from a tag sale that was in beautiful condition.
Now some may gasp at the thought of cutting that bedspread up but I had something in mind. No fear here. I mean, is it better for the bedspread to sit unused in a box or to make it into something that would be used and enjoyed everyday? So the cutting began... after measuring carefully. I figured out how long I wanted each panel and added in extra for the pocket for curtain rod.
Then I measured out the pocket width adding in a little more to fold over the raw edge. Since it was a bedspread originally, I did not have to sew a hem on the bottom... it was already finished and that saved me some time.
I used pins to hold that in place until I began sewing a straight stitch on my sewing machine....
just take the pins out as you go with a project like this
I also folded over one side of each curtain to finish off the raw edges there. Again, since it was
already a bedspread, it did not have as many raw edges to finish... only the ones that I had cut.
I love how they turned out... they are so crisp and white...
and the detail is so much better than if I just picked out panels at the store
Because I was using a bedspread, the detailing on the two sets of panels are different.
To me, that just adds to their uniqueness.
Here is the after picture... I love the cottage feel of them!
I even had enough of the bedspread left over to make an accent piece for my living room
and, a couple of throw pillows!
Here is a before and after comparison
I love how they turned out. And, I love thinking outside of the box!
Hope this inspires you to try a project or two!
Praying you have many blessings and much joy!