I’ve taught myself sewing, mostly by trial and error, and I’m far from doing anything that requires more than basic stitching.

My sister and her family’s new home has wonderful light throughout the house but no window coverings except on the sliding glass doors in the kitchen so I sewed a fabric roller blind for her kitchen and a pair of curtains for the living room.

Here is a “before” photo of their kitchen prior to our painting the walls and cabinets.  You can see the roller blind in the window above.

kitchen window before

And here is an “after” shot. After the blind was down, I took it off the actual roller and cut off the extra blind material so it would fit the length of the window with a few inches allowance.  (The roller shade had been precut to fit the window’s width). Everything went without a hitch until we tried to attach the blind to the window brackets and discovered that the blind was too wide to fit. Argh!  Neither my sister or I give up easily, thank goodness, and after hammering the brackets to flatten them, we were able to get the blind in the brackets.

Maggi Kitchen Roller_edited-1

Roller Blind_edited-1


My daughter’s room served as my guinea pig for roller shades.  We choose a complimentary pattern to her window seat.  It’s youthful without being “childish.” Unfortunately, both my children keep their blinds down all day, making their rooms cave-like.  I love the light so I always lift up their blinds when they’re at school. Such an easy way to add a customized look to your windows without breaking the bank!

Linneacloseup      linneaview


The previous owners of my sister and her family’s home had used a painter’s drop cloth, which is made of duck cloth, for curtains.  I thought that was great idea so I copied it. I added some tassels to the top of the curtains to add a little flair. These living room curtains were a first for me.  I have sewed a few other items for our home decor but not curtains.  

livingroomcurtains      tasslescurtains


All of their windows, except for the kitchen, have new curtains or blinds.  I love how both the living room curtains and kitchen roller shade turned out!