As I have mentioned in previous posts, I am working my way through my new neighborhood (No not like in desperate housewives) sewing up a storm for naked windows, topless benches and design-less walls. I have come up with some pretty spiffy ideas that my neighbors seem to love and thought I would pass some along in an ongoing design series. Enjoy!
Design 1: There's a mouse in my house
One of my neighbors (now a pal) who lives a few blocks down has a 2 year old son. This duo loves Mickey Mouse and wanted to incorporate the mouse into her son's room some how. Since he doesn't take naps in his room, blocking the light from the west facing window wasn't an issue. So it was design all the way.
Idea: Mickey's pants cafe curtains. These red canvas curtains are lined and feature white button felt appliques. I loved the idea of felt buttons because they were a different texture and so a learning aspect.
The trick with the buttons is- since the craft felt was very thin, the bold red (go for the orangey red as opposed to a blue red) showed right through. Solution- line the felt buttons. I used heat n bond to apply the lining to the felt and to apply the lined button to the curtain panel for effort less stitching.
Here is a basic break down of the Mickey's Pants curtain. Cut red panel to size, press side, bottom and top hems. Cut and prepare lined felt buttons and determine placement on red panel. Trace placement with water soluble marker. iron on lined felt buttons (be careful to iron back side of red panel. Do not place hot iron on poly craft felt or you will melt it). Prepare curtain lining and pin it in place. Stitch side hems and bottom hem. Then stitch top. I made a rod pocket top but you can also go with tab or tie tops. trim threads and admire your cute as a BUTTON Mickey's pants curtains.
Edit: Finished Product in its new home!