Saturday, August 15, 2015


I decided to go ahead and mend the curtains as it was the easiest, fastest thing to do.  Definitely a temporary fix, as they'll rip again, the next time I wash them! I hand-sewed, as that's easier for me, than machine sewing.

 I sewed up the long rip, using a whip stitch:


There was a rather worn, starting to tear area at the other end of the same panel, so I sewed that up, too, but with a backstitch:

Not the Neatest Repair
The smaller tear near on the second panel gave me more trouble; I tried to whip stitch it together, but the fabric was so worn that it kept tearing when I pulled the thread!

So, given the fact that the design incorporated cutwork embroidery, I decided to try a different approach:
It turned out a bit wider than first intended, because the fabric kept tearing!

Not the neatest mending, but, I didn't want to invest a lot of time and effort as I realized that whatever I did was going to be a very temporary fix.  The curtains are too worn to survive the next wash.

I ironed them and hung the up; the repairs are not that noticeable:

The Mended Curtain Panels

With the valence and side panels in place: the dark area is the window a/c unit (you can see the power cord behind the headboard; the other cord hanging half way down is the pull chain for the ceiling fan).  I move the curtains aside when the a/c is on.

Window with Curtains
I will start thinking of new curtains.  But for the time being, the mended curtains will suffice.  I won't be washing them again until at least the end of the year.

What would you have done?  Would you have mended them?  


  1. Those curtains are beautiful.. Yes... I think I would have tried to mend them too.. If you get another few months of use from them.. it will be that much more time you get to enjoy them..

    1. Judy, yes, that's what I thought, too. :)

  2. Very nice :-) I wouldn't have mended them, but that is only because I don't know how to sew! Otherwise, yes.


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