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I purchased a malachite sheet set from HSN several months ago (now unfortunately sold out) after an extensive search for the perfect malachite fabric and a burning desire to recreate Sally Wheat’s fabulous malachite curtains. I’ve been waiting for what seems like forever to get the living room to a finished enough state that I could make and hang my own DIY malachite curtains!
And I love them!
I’m so happy I painted the walls white! In this picture, you can see that they are just a touch warmer than the ceilings, and I think the white background is perfect for the bold emerald green. Wait until you see what else I have planned for this room!
I chose not to line the curtains thus far, because I’m kind of obsessed with the stained glass effect of the sunlight illuminating the panels. The fabric also has a good drape to it on its own, so I don’t think they need the added weight of a lining. I may change my mind in the future though.
Malachite plus brass is sooo my favorite! Looks pretty good with my favorite peacock lamp as well…
Since the sheet set is no longer available, I’ve sourced two other malachite fabric options for you below:
Do you want to know how I made these? It couldn’t have been simpler!
I have a deep-seated aversion to sewing machines and a passionate love affair with Heat-N-Bond, so you’d better believe these were no-sew! Even better, because I made them from a flat queen-sized sheet, I only had to hem ONE edge, and as I previously mentioned, I haven’t made the decision on whether or not to line them yet. The most time consuming part of the whole process was ironing out the deep shipping creases!
First, I folded the sheet in half head to foot:
This gave me the perfect height and width for my window – the panels ended up being approximately 91” tall by 50” wide. They are just barely wide enough to cover the window completely when closed, but I mostly care about how they look open and pushed off to the sides. I laid out the folded sheet and sliced along the fold line.
Then I ironed my Heat-N-Bond a little ways in from the edge, so that I could fold the edge over twice for a nice clean finished hem.
Hemmed and waiting to be hung!
Let’s just say actually hanging the curtains was a bit frustrating…
Nope, Brynne, that little extendable curtain rod you’ve dragged through three moves now isn’t going to cut it on your large new living room window. Go buy a new, much more substantial looking one! (Of course, a new curtain rod will mean you’ll have holes from the old one to spackle and touch up with paint…)
Have you completed any long-awaited projects recently? Love malachite? Hate malachite? Let’s chat!