I love curtains gently swaying in the breeze. There is something so calming about them. It makes me want to grab a glass of iced tea and pick up a good book and just sit. Don’t you just love this picture? I could relax out here all day. (This is not my deck, but I wish!)
We have 4 pillars on our deck and I hung curtains over them shortly after we moved in and have had them there ever since. Unfortunately, the fabric fades and deteriorates so every couple of years I need to re-make them. I had been noticing a lot of canvas being used and thought that it might be a little more durable than the thin cotton I had been using. From past experience, I knew I needed 10 feet of fabric for each panel. I decided to pre-wash the canvas before I sewed the casing and hem and am I sure glad I did. Canvas shrinks like crazy! I expected a little shrinkage, but 12 inches? Wow! My 10 feet turned into about 9 feet. What was I going to do?
Canvas is relatively inexpensive, but still, I didn’t want it to go to waste. After a little contemplation and asking for opinions, I decided to add a band of matching fabric from some of the pillows I made for the deck furniture. It kind of reminded me of when my mom would sew funky ribbon on the bottom of my “too short” bell bottom jeans, just to make them last a little longer. I wasn’t very sure if I would like it or not because I DID NOT like those jeans. (Sorry, mom!) I couldn’t think of any other suitable alternatives so I went for it. I absolutely love the results. I would do it again on purpose. What do you think?