Adventures in sewing: Making curtain tiebacks out of skirt hems

One of the best things about being off-contract for the summer is having time to catch up on different projects, including sewing projects. If y’all will indulge me, I will share these “adventures in sewing” with you over the next few weeks.

One of my more immediate projects earlier in the summer was to line all of our curtains with blackout fabric, to combat this (uncharacteristically) sweltering summer here in Portland. I cleaned out two stores of their blackout liners! 😀 I then attached the linings — which I had cut to fit our very tall windows throughout the house — to our curtains with either curtain hooks or clips. In my study, I then focused on finishing off the look by making curtain tiebacks.

Librarian for Life + Style | Adventures in sewing: Making curtain tiebacks out of skirt hems

My study, seen here, has more of a whimsical feel, and I had made cheery blue-and-white cafe curtains last year, as you can see in the pic above. When I was looking through my fabric remnants, I spied leftover fabric from when I re-hemmed my floral scalloped skirt two summers ago. And the lightbulb went off! Here’s a quick look at what I’m referring to:

Librarian for Life + Style | Rehemming a floral skirt collage

I had originally saved the leftover fabric (which was a good 5+ inches wide) to make a headband, thinking the scallops would make a pretty headband edge. But I found the scallops simply too big for that project. But as curtain tiebacks, they’re perfect! 🙂

You can also see the blackout liner fabric behind the lace fabric of my longer curtains in the pic below.

Librarian for Life + Style | Adventures in sewing: Making curtain tiebacks out of skirt hems

The best part about remixing skirt hems as curtain tiebacks is that one side is already hemmed! So I started with the scalloped edge, as that side was already done, and measured three and four inches up for the height. I then cut the fabric at the four-inch mark, then folded the fabric over at the three-inch mark to guide my hem. I sewed a straight line across, nothing fancy.

Librarian for Life + Style | Adventures in sewing: Making curtain tiebacks out of skirt hems

After my sides were done — the length was almost 14 inches — I then hand-stitched on the rings on both sides of the tiebacks. You can see the white plastic rings in the collage below. Sam then measured where to put the small gold hooks on either side of the window, and that’s how you anchor the curtain tiebacks. The rings loop onto the hooks, easy-peasy!

And the best part is, when you want the curtains closed, all you have to do is undo one side of the curtain tieback and then let it hang down on one ring. The curtain itself hides the tieback, so you don’t have to worry about losing your curtain tiebacks! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Adventures in sewing: Making curtain tiebacks out of skirt hems

And the final effect below. I love how this project worked out! I smile each time I see my floral tiebacks, especially when combined with my cafe curtains and longer lace curtains. The effect looks so bright and cheerful — and very much my personal style, with the remixing AND pattern-mixing! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Adventures in sewing: Making curtain tiebacks out of skirt hems

What do y’all think of this project? Would you ever consider reusing skirt hems for curtain tiebacks? Please leave a comment and let me know!

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