Why I’m Not a Craft Blogger

I tried to make my daughter curtains.  Out of a tablecloth.  That sounds simple enough, and I know how to sew, thanks to 4-H, but they turned out horribly. And it wasn’t exactly my fault.

I sewed straight lines.  I measured correctly.  I even matched the thread.

I did not, however, choose the right material for the job.  The tablecloth I made them from was a vinyl table cloth, and the curtains stayed stiff and straight against her window.  They would not budge open, and they rebelled when tied back.  My purpose was to make “blackout” curtains to block the early morning and late evening sun.  They did that, but they also ended up blocking the sun all day long.

But they were a pretty pink paisley pattern.

We tolerated them for about a year.  I would go in every morning and tug them apart, willing them to stay on the side of the curtain rod.  They would slowly inch back into place, covering the light.  I tied them with ribbons at some point, but it was like bunching thick wrapping paper together and expecting it to look elegant.  They were a failure.

It’s too bad I didn’t take any pictures of them before I threw them away.  On the bright side, they looked better than this:

ugly curtains

And that’s why I’m not a craft blogger.

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  1. Haha! I’m with you. My son has always been really crafty and artistic, but I used to dread his projects when he was younger and needed help with them. Now that he’s older, he can do it all himself. But I don’t know where he gets his talent!

  2. Well, Emily, look on the bright side. At least you did not try the Scarlett O’Hara thing and make a dress out of the curtains. I don’t think I have enough space to describe my less than expected task results. Best wishes on your next endeavor. BTG

      1. Of course, I cannot think of Scarlett’s dressmaking without remembering Carol Burnett’s spoof as her Scarlett wore the drapes, rod and all, down the stairs to an awaiting Harvey Korman’s Rhett, one of the funniest TV moments.

  3. I can sympathize. I love making teddy bears even though my talent is quite low. No one could accuse me of copying it from a pattern. My bears never looked anything like the McCall’s or Butterick patterns. 🙂

    1. I think as long as you love it and find joy in what you are doing, it doesn’t matter if they don’t look like the patterns. What you do sounds wonderful because of your passion for it.

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