From 2014-2016 I chronicled my crafty endeavors on the site Adventures-in-Making. I’ve selected a few of those DIY’s, Recipes, and other posts to share on the site.
I have spent quite bit of time working on my studio lately, and in the process have embraced a few truths about my personality. 1-I like to turn chaos into order 2-I love clean visually simple spaces with little subtle details 3-Rainbows are the best.
With that in mind, I set out to turn this basic curtain (that hides the closet that houses the clutter) into something a tiny bit more special.
To be honest, I had been thinking about making some changes in my studio for a while, and the bifold doors to my closet were in desperate need of sprucing up. I did some research online and apparently you can replace slats of bifold doors relatively easily with fabric these days so I considered removing the old slats and replacing them with some new material.
However, in the end, I decided to simply refresh the curtain that the doors hide behind. I might still replace the slats on my bifold doors at some point in the future, but, for now, I am really happy with how the curtain turned out.
Anyway, I have an absolute wealth of Sharpies, and I decided to use them to doodle a faux-embroidered rainbow trim across the curtains.
First I cut strips the length of the curtains and about 8″ wide to doodle on.
I ironed under the raw edged, and put a seam down the middle as a reference point for the decoration.
I then gleefully sorted my Sharpies by color (to understand my glee, see points 1 and 2 above) and chose the best colors for my rainbow.
I divided the length into a small portion for each color, and made a light mark where each color began and ended.
Overlapping those marks a bit, I began to draw shapes with small dots and dashes– mimicking the stitches on decorative embroidery pieces. I used a lot of botanical shapes (cause I love ’em) and tried to break up the space with a lot of variety.
When I had the strips all filled up with decoration, I pinned them to my curtains, and used a simple zig-zag stitch on my machine to attach them for good.
I really like the little touch of color this added, and it was tons of fun to doodle inch-after-inch of floral rainbow.
One day I’ll show you some of the other rainbows I’ve captured in here…
Cause they’re the best.