Octopus Curtains Are The Answer

July 25, 2017

I really need to write a blog post called “A long overdue life update filled with exciting announcements” and/or “I have an epic backlog of projects to photograph and share” but I know that will take a good long chunk of time to make happen, so instead I’m popping in quickly as I finish my morning coffee to share a few thoughts on an understated sewing project I finished last month that is bringing ‘KonMari-level’ joy to my life.

Yes I’m talking about octopus curtains.

Never underestimate the power of sewing something you actually need. Especially when you can display that something in a place where it gets daily love and appreciation. And even more especially when the fabric that something is made from makes you smile! Those are the types of projects I want to share whether they’re “exciting” or “blog-worthy” or not.

It’s so rewarding to make something with your own two hands that serves a real purpose for you, whatever that thing may be. I know we Makers tend to read blogs for inspiration, and though two squares of fabric covering a window aren’t particularly inspiring by themselves, what they represent is. I’m talking about sewing with intent.

I want to create more things with intent. I want to spend more time evaluating what I actually need in my life and consider what projects and materials I’m spending my money on. I want to sew more things that make me really, really happy. For me that might mean never sewing a pair of jeans or attempting to make my own bras (even though I feel like I should to prove …something) and I’m totally okay with that.

The theme of sewing with intent is stirring up a deeper conversation within myself about doing more with less and being happier for it. It’s a pretty heavy subject lately, minimalism and fast-fashion and ethical making and all of that, and I’m considering all of those things seriously. But I can’t take anything in life too seriously or it sucks the joy right out of it, so that’s where octopus curtains come in.

These curtains make me happy. They’re also useful and I appreciate them every single time I see them. I used a piece of fabric from my stash to make them. They’re minimal in their purpose and construction, yet they don’t feel sterile. It’s tough when you want to work towards a more minimal life but all the minimalist inspiration out there suggests every surface of your house should be white or grey. I’m experimenting with ways that I can invite more color and fun prints into my life and still work towards a more mindful, minimalist lifestyle.

Octopus curtains are the answer!

Does anyone else struggle with this? How are you working towards a more minimal life and still maintaining a thoughtful fabric stash full of fun color and prints?


p.s. this amazing fabric is from the 2014 collection Tokyo Train Ride, designed by Sarah Watts for Cotton & Steel.