Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Doing the Polka (Dot)

Over Christmas vacation, the daughter whipped up some crazy polka dot curtains for her apartment bedroom.  We found some great pink upholstery fabric on clearance at Hobby Lobby.  She needed heavy fabric to block out the streetlights at night.  They turned out lovely if a little eye-popping.

Passersby outside get to be wowed by the crazy stripes on the wrong side of the fabric!

Not to be outdone, I made some polka dot curtains for our downstairs bathroom. I'm embarrassed to admit that the old curtains were just that -- old!  They came with the house, and we have lived here seventeen years.  (Hangs head in shame.)  I kept them because I liked the light, white eyelet and the scalloped hem.  They went well with our cutwork shower curtains.  Lately, though, I've noticed that the curtains had become shabby without the chic.  Ok, they were kind of falling apart.

Really hard to see the faint dots, isn't it?
Being too lazy to shop around, I wandered through the local Jo-Ann Fabric debating the merits of eyelet (limited choices, high prices), decorator fabrics (too busy/heavy), and calico (just didn't like 'em).  I finally stumbled on a faint yellow polka dot in the nursery fabrics.  As I said, I was too lazy to go to another store, so even though I didn't love the fabric, I figured, what the heck.

While the finished curtains don't have the charm of the original eyelet, now that they are finished, I do like them.  They are simple and they marry the white walls and woodwork with the yellow tile.
The old and the new.  Not a huge difference, but at least the new ones aren't falling apart.


  1. Love them....just enough of a change! There is something so sweet about small polka dots.

  2. Looks so clean and fresh - perfect for a bathroom! I love the pink and polka dots your daughter chose! Very fun.

    Dough, Dirt & Dye

  3. Very cute, both your daughter's and yours. I am a bit biased because I do love me some polka dots.


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