Saturday, August 22, 2009

The Shade Project

I assembled the necessary materials and tools for this project in the sun room (an enclosed porch) which is not the biggest area in the house, but it is out of the way, meaning I can leave the mess until the second shade is done.

The shade will be made out of the soft beige twill, lined, and the ties are to be from the two printed materials. I covered the 1 x 2 by stapling the lining to the wood because the twill might be too bulky.

Hard at work. I'm not the best at sewing and put blue tape on the machine for a guide.

Steaming out the wrinkles and pressing the seams.

The finished product. However, I'm thinking the ties are too long and will probably remove 4 to 6 inches by cutting in half. The finished seams will not show since the cut will be on top of the 1 x 2.

One shade down, one to go. However, you know what is disgusting? I saw a shade I like better -- the shade is lined with a contrasting material and instead of ties, decorative buttons and loops are used to change the position. I am sure there is plenty of twill; I don't know what I was thinking because I bought yards and yards. Oh, well, I'll have to think about it. I envy people that know exactly what they want to do before doing it!

Until next time, God bless.

9 comments:

Donna said...

How wonderful that you sew so well!! Mr Sewing machine and I don't get along very well!!lolol...Looks great!hughugs

DJan said...

Well, I think it's lovely. No matter that you had some desire to do it differently, I predict you will like this one just fine once you give it a chance... I like the idea of the blue guides on your sewing machine, very ingenious.

Rae said...

You are so creative. I think it looks nice. If you are like me then it won't be long before you are changing things again. I am always seeing ideas from other places and then I need to make another change.

Lily said...

We are kindred souls! I thought I was the only one that put tape on their sewing machine! And yes, I often change my mind mid-stream. It's a woman's prerogative...

BTW - the shade looks lovely

Lynn said...

Donna, I've not gotten along very well with sewing machines until this one. It really is a nice machine; basic, but nice.

DJan, thanks. I shorten the ties and it looks much better. I'm starting on the second shade this afternoon.

Rae, actually, once I get something I like, I stick with it. However, I like that other shade so well I'm trying to figure out where I can do it. I might take down the curtains in the guest room and do the shades that I like in there...it is time to perhaps freshen it up ...AGAIN... it has been the same for 5 years...does that qualify for change? lol

Lily, glad to hear I am not the only one whose eyes cross staring at the little mark on the machine.......eyes don't cross as much with a big BLUE piece of tape...

AL said...

Hi Lynn,

You can sew you know, it's just within you but you don't practice. Look at the shade you've just done...it is almost perfect! Congratulations...by the way we have the same brand of sewing machine.haha

AL

Lynn said...

AL, these little sewing machines are very, very nice, don't you think?! I've had two portable Singers and had nothing but problems. I've made more things with this machine than I ever did with both Singers' combined.

Daisy Soap Girl said...

That's a great shade. I'm thinking of the possibilities with different fabric.

JamaGenie said...

The shade looks lovely (after you shortened the ties), but I'm with you on those people who know *exactly* what they want and *exactly* how much material and supplies will be needed. Very irritating people! Where's the fun in being so rigid???