Wednesday, June 1, 2011

All That Glitters Isn't Gold...

Remember when I bragged shared in this post about the steal of a deal I got on fabric?  I snagged 35 yards for around $7 bucks. Yeah...well, frankly, sometimes you get what you pay for.

After I washed and dried the fabric for the curtains, it wrinkled up like a prune, and I can't seem to get the wrinkles out.  I've ironed, I've thrown the fabric in the dryer, and I even tried my friend's tried and true 'spritz' and hang method.  Nothing has worked to knock out those darn wrinkles.  

*Allo wrinkles...and furry over sized dog bed

While I pressed on with my curtain making plans, it took much longer to pin and prep those stinking curtains than I anticipated.  I also had a heck of a time getting an accurate hem line.  So, I'm going to have to let out a few seams and re-hem the blasted fabric, as once they were hung they were all sorts of crazy lengths and cattywampus hanging there on the rod *eye-roll*.

Now, on a positive note, I really like the color.  Once we repaint the room a greyish/putty color, the curtains will look great.  And come on, they practically paid for themselves!  Nevermind the fact that every morning I wake, those wrinkles are mocking me...or maybe smiling at me (when I turn my head sideways). 

So, my goldmine is more like fools gold...but, if any of you smarty pants readers have a tip on knocking out those wrinkles, then you'll just make my week! 


Lindsay - Paint Me A Picture said...

(since I can't reply to your comment I will just do it here :)

I have no idea why my children are such early birds. I have tried to embrace it gracefully but I still mumble and complain. I love sleep... almost as much as I love my children :)

I have no tip for wrinkles, but the curtains actually look kind of organic and not too bad. The curtains in my bedroom are made from sheets I had my mom hem. Fancy, I know.

danielle @ take heart said...

maybe you can just pretend they are that crinkle fabric ;)

Erika Marie said...

there's always the old saying: when life hands you lemons, make lemonade.

of course, my twist on that saying is: when life hands you lemons, throw them back and demand chocolate!

at any rate: make lemonade (with chocolate on the side!) run them through the washer again, and when they come out, twist them into tight pretzels, tie a string around them, and dry them out. Then, the "wrinkles" will be more a part of the design and you can say you meant it to be that way!

or, you can rent a clothing steamer they use at many retail stores and see if the steam would get the wrinkle out?

Nikki said...

Well...three say leave the crinkles...that just may be good enough for me!

Jami Nato said...

I never wash fabric if it's are for crafts. Same goes if I'm making curtains...which I've done once. basically I never wash new fabric at all for feat I'll ruin it. Ha. Anyways, is the fabric 'lining'? That's terrible to work with!

Heather said...

(Sorry, I'm a bit behind in my blog reading.)

I agree--embrace the wrinkles! From your picture, it does look like the wrinkles were meant to be there. Wrinkle them and krinkle them more like Erika suggested. :)