Sunday, January 23, 2011

how to turn this.....



into this.......





in 3 easy steps....hahah noooooo just joking !!

Do you now how expensive custom made pelmets are? Well, working in the industry i do and wanted to make something to cover the roller on Charlies blind before she came home. We had pulled down her fairy Austrian before when we painted and the blind was looking a bit bare.

So my brother gifted us a tele at Christmas[what a wonderful brother!! the sound was about 5Min's behind the picture, it made for some funny tv viewing]

The box was sturdy and strong and cheap and because nothing is screwed into it, it didn't need to be wood.
My old boss where i used to work making swags and tails and pelmets would have a fit ;)
So i cut box and taped and glued ends in.....



Coverered with batting, I had left over warm and natural so used two layers.

Cut material 2.5 times width and 10cm to depth for something to hold onto.

Joined and gatherered along long ends, gathering up to fit pelmet.

Starting at middle, hot glue [and be careful, I've never had so many burns !] the top edge on roof of pelmet about 4 cm over. Glue all around making sure to pleat corners.

I also worked on the back of the couch to rest it on and it was the ideal height for me and so light, not like wooden pelmets.

Now to do bottom edge,hot glue pulling firmly, making sure pleats are kept straight, keep checking to make sure you havent gone skew whiff!

To tidy up , cut off excess material and put masking tape on top about 2 cm back. as her beds underneath i lined the inside with old scrapbook paper...


I then poked holes in the top where the brackets were and tied it on to the L brackets...

and the cost, 20.00 for fabric , 5 glue sticks and some masking tape, not bad eh???

and because it looks so good heres another pic, it picks up her dark purple wall beautifully...

16 comments:

jenny said...

Oh you clever chicken... your pelmet looks FABULOUS Jen... gorgeous color and how cool is that purple wall...
How special for Charlie to come home to a new look room :)))

Jenny x

Doreen G said...

You used to make swags and tails--you have gone up in my estimation Jen.
I reckon anyone who makes curtains and the like is a genius.
Oh and I love the pelmet.

Rossylalah said...

oooh love the color! yeah I'd pay good money for that Jen. Hope Charlie appreciates all the (hard) work!

Wax Beach Artist said...

Wow! This came out beautiful and I love the color. Your hard work paid-off, it's gorgeous. Take care of those burns...ouch!

Sherry Edwards said...

That looks brilliant Jen! Great job.

I once bought a video about how to make your own swags and tails, but still haven't made any!

Debbi Baker said...

Wow that is fantastic Jen - you are very clever! I love the pleated look - adds so much texture. And I know what you mean about the weight of wood ones. I've recovered several in this house and the really long ones weigh an awful lot and are very awkward to work on!!

~*~Patty S said...

beautiful purple Jen and now I know what a pelmet is...never heard of that before
oxo

Katherine ( Katie) Corrigan said...

Clever and gorgeous...oh and my favorite color!I enjoyed my visit to your lovely blog. Hugs, Katherine

Margaret said...

Oh you're so clever Jen! love your ingenuity, I think it looks fab! Mx

Georgianna said...

What a great project! I was going to make some from plywood but wouldn't have thought of this. Thank you for your visit – I'm glad you liked the stamps!

Georgianna

Vicky said...

Very clever! The colour is gorgeous too, very elegant :)

Oxana said...

WOW!!!! So clever! I love this pelment!!!
Hugs
Oxana

Ro Bruhn said...

What a brilliant idea, how clever you are even to think of using the box for such a project, it looks fabulous.

Blissful Pumpkin said...

hi Jen,
That is amazing. What a clever idea.

Kyles =D

lee said...

Fabulous ,I just love taking a pigs ear and turning it innto a silk purse, love budget decorating ideas too!
Lee

Melinda Cornish said...

I love how it turned out...the purple is beautiful!