Even unwanted clothing can be used to create small window dressings
Spring is here and for many of us it's the perfect time to organize and
decorate. As winter passes into spring, it's out with the old look and in with
the new look. This is a great time Polyester Linings Fabric Suppliers to
bring some new ideas into your home and liven things up!Spring is a great time
to find bargains on decorating accessories at yard and garage sales. As the
seasons change, many times your local thrift and consignment stores will have a
change in inventory. This is the time when many folks finally donate unwanted
merchandise that's just been sitting around the garage or house. Spring
cleaning!My advise??..have your own yard or garage sale and make some extra
money on those items. But, lucky for us frugal shoppers, there are some folks
who just don't want to take the time.
So, be sure not to miss out on decorating
supplies, furnishings, accessories, paint, wallpaper, and fabrics that can be
found at many thrift stores.Sometimes pulling items from one room to another and
simply re-organizing, fixing up, or just using an item in a different way can be
enough. Add a fresh coat of paint, different window dressings and replacement of
furnishings, and WHA LAH! You have a new room.Need some paint? If you can be
flexible about color, check the mis-mixed table at your local home improvement,
hardware, or paint stores. You can find high quality paints for a fraction of
the original retail cost when colors don't turn out exactly as they should have.
Sometimes you can find a slight variation of just the color you've already
picked that will work just as well with your selected color scheme and save you
lots of money.I buy these mis-mixed paints (usually for $2-3 per gallon or less)
throughout the year and store them appropriately for later use. This way I go
shopping in my own paint department first to see if I can accommodate the
decorating plan I have chosen. Planning ahead and grabbing these types of
decorating supplies when they're a bargain is a great way to maximize your
savings.Collecting fabrics for future use is also another great idea.
unwanted clothing can be used to create small window dressings, pillow covers,
and accessories. Many people give away scraps of fabrics or sell them at yard
sales. Be sure to check clearance and end piece items at sewing and fabric
shops. It's really so simple to make a curtain or a pillow. Usually only
requires sewing simple seams.For more complicated tasks, if you can't figure it
out for yourself, you're sure to find a how to book at any library or search
on-line for free information.I've found some excellent ideas for decorating on a
budget, do-it-yourself projects, and some great decorating theme ideas from HGTV
(Home and Garden Television). Even if you don't get this wonderful T.V. channel
in your home, you can go on-line at HGTV to benefit from some wonderful
ideas and projects by professionals.
There's a lot for do-it-yourselfers here!
You can get some great ideas for areas of your home where you just don't know
what to do with it.Before you make your plans, check out several books at the
library on home decorating. You will find no shortage of books on this subject.
Glance through them and grab ideas to incorporate into your own decorating task.
If you have a specific challenge to overcome, likelihood is someone else has
already encountered it, conquered it, and written a book or web page about it.
Use their knowledge! It will save you time and frustration of figuring it
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Shades without busy patterns are the easiest
Roman shades are a simple and elegant window treatment to block the sun or
prying neighbors. Nicer than plain plastic shades, but less expensive than
ornate window shades,Products
Fabric Manufacturers Roman shades provide the perfect start to a beginning
home decorator.Roman shades can be purchased from home improvement or department
stores, or they can be custom made by in interior designer. The cheapest way to
decorate your home with Roman shades is to make them yourself. Get ready to
refresh your math skills!To make Roman shades, first measure the window you'd
like to put them in. Measure the height and width of the window from inside its
frame. Or, if you want the shade to cover more than the window, measure the
height and width of the surface the shade will cover. Your shade will probably
need to be between 45 and 54 inches wide.
Before you shop for your fabric, you'll
need to calculate the number of dowels and the amount of fabric you'll need. To
figure out how many dowels you will need, divide the window height by six to
nine inches, which will be the space between each dowel fold. You'll need to
find a number that goes evenly into your window height. For example, if your
window height is 64 inches, divide by six. You'll then need eight dowels for
eight pleats. Each dowel needs 1.5 inches, so multiplied by eight, you'll need
an extra 12 inches of fabric. You'll also need an extra six inches of fabric to
mount the shade, meaning you'll need 18 extra inches for this example. Add this
to your window height to get your final height. Add two inches of fabric to your
Now you have the size of the fabric you need. Whew!Next, the fun
part: selecting the fabric of your shade. Shades without busy patterns are the
easiest to work with because you won't need to make sure the pattern blends
seamlessly with each fold. If your window gets southern light, consider picking
a near-shear fabric. This will produce a warm, soothing light in your room. Take
a picture or your room, fabric swatches of your furniture, and a paint sample of
your room when you shop. You don't want to finish making your Roman shade to
discover it clashes with the rest of your room!While you are out buying your
fabric, buy the rest of your supplies:Drapery-lining fabric. You'll need an
extra 0.25 inches to cover the mounting board.
Blind cord Window cleat Quarter-inch
diameter window dowels, 0.25 inches smaller than the window widthA wooden
mounting board, 0.25 inches smaller than the window width that's 1x2
inches.Half-inch diameter shade ringsScrew eyesStaple gunChalk or air-soluble
markerYardstickThe easiest way to make a shade uses lots of pictures and few
words. Find instructions at a home improvement store or for free online to make
your own Roman shade. Find patterns that make the type of Roman shade you want,
whether it is flat, pleated, or with a sunburst. You'll probably need a sewing
machine to make the Roman shade quickly, especially to attach the lining to the
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