Friday, April 29, 2011

What to do, what to do...

The curtains I liked...Brown.
My front porch has 10 windows.  10!  They are all 32 by 38, which seems an odd size window to me.  The curtains, something left behind by the previous owners, are all white lace, some of them very ratty.  They need to be replaced.  I was trying to find curtains, something more my style, yesterday, and only found one pair I really liked, for 10.99 a pair.  Yikes!  I don't know if I really want to spend over a hundred dollars on curtains.

So I looked at some of the fabric and dye on Dharma Trading, and thought maybe I'd buy some muslin and dye it.  A lot cheaper, though a lot more work.  Problem is...I've never used a reactive dye, and the process freaked me out.  So now I'm back to square one.  I suppose I could get some fabric from JoAnn's too.  I haven't found any fabric I like yet.  I'd like something simple.

I supposed the other option is to go to somewhere like The Family Dollar and look for some blinds, or cheap curtains.  I would really like to spend less than $50, but I'm not sure that's possible.  Though now that I'm looking at the curtains I like, and thinking about going to JoAnn's, I'm thinking it could be possible to get some muslin in natural, and then find some brown fabric like the one above and make my own...still some work, so much cheaper.  I think a trip to JoAnn's is definitely in order, as well as an order from Dharma (the muslin is so cheap!)


  1. Good luck. I'm not sure if there are Big Lots out by you, but I bought my bedroom curtains from Big Lots at $5 a window! Of course, you would need to find TEN of the same curtain, which could prove to be challenging.

  2. Don't fear the dye! Seriously. I used fiber-reactive dye on Julia's curtains in Buffalo. (You remember the purple curtains in the bright orange room??) Those curtains were actually twin-size sheets I got on sale at Target, LOL.

    Anyway - super easy. You can do it in a top-loading washing machine, but ours was a front-loader. So I used a great big Rubbermaid tote I had in the attic that I wasn't using for anything & did the agitation by hand. Nothing at all to be anxious about. :)

  3. Did you use all the chemicals that they list on Dharma? Urea, Calsolene Oil, Synthrapol, Milsoft ...I know it says it's all optional, but do those really help? I figured I'd do the washing machine.

    Shannon- I was thinking Big Lots too...I'll have to have a look, I know there's one somewhere around here.