Autumn creeps its way forward, and with it come cooler days and chillier nights. The air begins to nip, and eventually, frost graces the still and silent landscape. Winter is never far away.
Chills in the air
Bare windows are wonderful for drawing in the sun, but they cannot keep out the cold. Use curtains or blinds to prevent the chilly air from seeping indoors. Don’t run out and purchase new ones, though. Recycle old sheets or thin blankets, and create your very own DIY project. Rifle through the closet, ransack the cupboard, or go to the local secondhand store. Wash and dry the fabric before you begin, so that it is flat and free of wrinkles.
This is where you get to be creative as well as environmentally aware. This is green living at its finest.
These curtains are a beautiful way to add softness and personality to a room. If you want panel curtains on either side of the window, lay out the fabric from its longest direction. Take note of any patterns of interest beforehand.
- With a measuring tape, measure and record the full length and width of the windows. Ensure there is extra allowance for curtains to hang below the window sill.
- Cut two identical parts, and sew all rough edges to create a clean, finished seam.
- Cut fabric pieces large enough to form a loop for the connecting rod. Once again, sew around all of the edges.
- Create the loops, and connect them, at evenly spaced intervals, to the finished panel.
- Hang up your finished curtains, and step back to appreciate your handiwork.
Formed from one piece of fabric, tie-up blinds are another simple yet elegant way to recycle old sheets. Record the length and width of the window, and add extra allowance for width coverage.
- Cut one piece large enough to cover the window, and sew the edges closed.
- Add any elegant stitching if desired, or use the standard straight stitch featured on the sewing machine.
- Cut four long strips of fabric, and sew a clean finish on each one. These strips will become your ties.
- Approximately two inches from the edge of the fabric piece, sew two ties onto the front and two ties onto the back.
- Make sure they line up front to back to ensure ease of use.
- Accordion-fold the fabric, and use the ties to secure the blind at the desired height.
- To let down the blind, simply undo the ties.
Eco-living is simple to achieve. A simple act like reusing sheets is a great way to extend the life of a product, help the planet, and create a sense of personal pride and empowerment. DIY green living always leads to inspirational achievements.