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Decorating on a budget

RE: decorating on a budget

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Window treatments are essential in a bedroom since they add privacy, adjust the lighting, and maintain the temperature in your room etc

When it comes to window treatment majority of us always think in terms of curtains right?           I know, however, there are over 14 different types of window treatment to choose from apart from curtain (story for another day)

Since we are talking about affordability, we will stick with the very common option of curtain (drapes)

Sheer drapes (VOILE) tend to be significantly less expensive than your heavier window treatments (300 naira/yard) and they allow a lot more light into the room, even when they are closed. You can purchase them at just about anywhere along any major road in Lagos metropolis, and they are easy to install on your basic curtain rod.

You do need to be careful with sheer drapes because they are sheer (see thru), and therefore, not ideal options for privacy in your bedroom. However, they will work great for most families in the main living areas of the house: kitchen, living room, sitting room, entry, dining room, and wherever else you have windows.

Cheap Window Treatment Ideas 1 Make Your Own Drapes

If you have a sewing machine and basic proficiency, it is really easy to make your own inexpensive window treatments. All you need to purchase is the fabric, and you just need to hem the edges and sew loops onto the top (or slits through the top, if you prefer that method). 

Cheap Window Treatment Ideas 2 Use Old Fabrics

Even cheaper than just making your own drapes with fabric you purchased is using old fabric you already have in your home. If you have some sheets for a size of bed that you no longer have, convert them into drapes for a room. Similarly, if you find yourself with tablecloths that would look better on windows, spoil yourself. Dig into your closet, boxes, Ghana must go or wherever you store old clothes. You should find one or more set of old aso-ebi (Ankara, kente, batik) that can be converted onto a cute curtain if that fails ask you mama. I remember converting an old agbada into a shower curtain once.

Cheap Window Treatment Ideas: Be Flexible

The most important thing to consider when looking for cheap window treatments is that you should be flexible. Your rooms don’t all have to match completely, and a funky look will give it character. As long as you like it, that’s all that really matters. Your curtains don’t have to touch the floor. Mid length curtains are in this season. And there will be in for a while.

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DIY

How to Sew a Throw Pillow Cover

The good thing about pillow covers is that you could make them yourself. Here you will see ten easy steps so as to stitch a throw pillow cover. First, take a look at the supplies you will require to make your throw pillow cover. Remember that you may have to alter the measurements depending on the size of your pillow covers.
• 1 ¼ yards of 45″ fabric or 1 yard of 55″ fabric
• 2 ½ yards of trim
• 1 drinking glass
• 1 pencil
• 1 sewing machine, sufficient thread, few pins, 1 pair of scissors
• 1 iron with the iron board
• 1 rotary cutter, 1 mat
Step 1 – Cut the fabric into four parts – one for the front, one for the back and two smaller rectangular portions that you will need for the sides.

Step 2 – In order to make the process of sewing and turning easier, make the corners of the pillow covers round. Use your pencil and trace the rim of the glass on the inner side of the material. Mark all corners of the square piece and only two corners of the rectangular cut-outs.

Step 3 – Cut along the lines and if you wish to quicken the process, put two pieces together and cut them together, though for precision I would suggest you do one at a time.

Step 4 – Next you will need to use the overlong stitch or the zigzag stitch along the edges of each piece of fabric to keep it from fraying and to reduce thickness at the seams. Do this to all the edges. But leave out the straight edge of the rectangle.

Step 5 – A polished hem is required for the straight edges since they will be exposed. Fold ¼” or 3/8″ from the edges twice, to encase the rugged ends and stitch them down with the help of the straight stitch.

Step 6 – Now you have to pin in the trims. Begin at the bottom of the pillow which is also the right side of the fabric and carefully pin the trim ensuring that the sewing band stays on the outside. Use pins frequently so that the trim is not stretched. The pillow will be imperfect near the edges if it is too tight.

Step 7 – Next you must pin the whole pillow cover so you can prepare it for sewing. Place the rectangular piece facing downwards. Line the corners and pin carefully, making sure the material is not stretched.

Step 8 – Do the same to the second piece of rectangular material. You will notice the hemmed edges overlap. Remove all the pins while doing this so there is no trouble while sewing.

Step 9 – With the help of a seam allowance, sew all around the pillow. You can use a zipper foot if the trims or piping near the seam are too bulky. Before you sew the fabric, remove all the pins. Your needle could break and your sewing machine could be damaged if run on pins.

Step 10 – Now that your pillow cover is ready you can put your pillow form inside it. Slide it inside and yank the corners until the fit is right and you are done

Next article will be how to sew in zippers on pillow covers

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Chic Carpenta

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