This Wednesday finds me using my kitchen table as my workdesk to cut up 90 yards of fabric into the 66 pieces needed for 11 sets of curtains for my church.

2014 06 04 woyww cutting out curtains

You can’t see it here, but I have the curtain and lining fabric rolls feeding off a couple kitchen chairs at the end of the table. When I need more fabric I just grab a bit from each side and pull.  (Yes, I’m sure I’ll be exhausted by the end of the day!)

The piles on the floor and windowsill are the offcuts. The piece on the table is for one of the swags. It will be pleated along those jaggy edges, making the pretty drape.

Butterick 3804 swag & jabot curtains

This is the pattern I’m using. It’s quite classy & elegant, I think. It may appear complicated, but the shapes are simple; it’s the pleats that give the drapey look.

110 yard fabric

In case you wondered what 90 yards of fabric looks like, the two bolts on the ends are each 45 yards. The one in the middle is 20 yards for the sheers which will go underneath.

A7914 Leaf | Greenhouse Fabrics $26.95 wholesale

This is the fabric we choose, btw, it’s from Greenhouse fabrics and has a lovely shantung look in the background. Now that the cutting is done, I’m excited to get them sewn and see how they look hung up!

Wondering why I posted a photo of my messy work table? Then you need to get acquainted with the phenomenon that is What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday. It’s a weekly blog hop where we all get a peek into the creative inner workings of folks from all over. Julia is our hostess and you can find all the details over at her place.

Happy creating!

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14 thoughts on “WOYWW – The 90 Yard Dash, Or, Cutting Out the Curtain Fabrics

  1. Wow, 90 yards of fabric – that takes some handling!! You win the fabric contest this week!! That green fabric is lovely and will look great hanging up 🙂
    Hugs, LLJ xx

  2. WOW. What a project! Which view are you making? I LOVE the fabric. Where will they be in the church? You’re going to share photos of them finished and hanging, right?

    1. I’m making the bottom left view, the lining will be a solid ivory.

      The curtains will be going in our fellowship hall and kitchen. Hopefully they’ll dampen the sound a bit as the room is quite echo-y and talking with folks at church get-togethers can be difficult.

      Right now they are doing some long neglected painting in the church. Once those rooms are done I’ll hang the new drapes AND take pics to share. 🙂

      1. Those are going to be beautiful. I can’t wait to see pics. Your church is fortunate to have you, btw.

  3. Wow that is a lot of fabric and it must be hard to lift and sew, I have to get new curtains for the bedroom soon and I think the packet ones are looking fantastic, no sew and easy peasy. I do love the green of yours, don’t forget to share when they are hung.

    hugs Eliza & Yoda
    no linky julia took him on a siesta

  4. That is one gorgeous fabric – but what a labour of love! Hope you don’t get too hassled with it, and it goes smoothly. Hugs, Chris # 10 xx

  5. Wow – that’s a lot of fabric and a lot of work! The pattern looks very elegant and the green fabric is just beautiful! Be sure to show us the finished project.

    I’m slowly visiting desks this week; hoping to get my visiting done by tomorrow.

    Happy belated WOYWW
    Peace, Kay (39)

  6. WOW busy lady! I love the fabric for your curtains! Can’t wait to see the finished project! I haven’t been able to post on Wednesdays for a while and I have missed it! Sorry I am so late getting around! Thanks for sharing. Vickie #62

  7. To say this is industrious would be a gross understatement. What a gorgeous undertaking. Love that fabric and that pattern. Nothing like a fresh bolt to inspire. Keep smiling and creating.

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