The other day I shared with you my Valentine Love banner and started pulling together our Valentine Vignette early today, when I just stopped. I knew what was holding me back, but didn’t know what to do about it . Until I decided to make a Cottage Lace Mantel Skirt…
It’s the mantel….I’ve thought about staining the mantel darker…or painting it white?
I haven’t been able to commit to a permanent change which left me thinking about a quick and easy solution (picket fence changed out). I’ve use vintage runners but they are never long enough and I wanted to cover the whole mantel.
Mr. C and I hit GW last week (3 times) and I found this pretty piece…
A lace curtain panel…and is scalloped on both sides. I knew this would work for the mantel skirt I wanted to make and was only $1.99. so what did I have to lose! Since there was only one panel it could still work (if not long enough) because both sides were scalloped.
My mantel is 12″ deep and I wanted a 5″ overhang. No hemming since I used the scalloped edge. I cut the lace panel 17 1/2″ deep (the panel was 36″ wide). The curtain was 24″ too short so I cut the other side the same 17 1/2″ wide.
I draped the panel over the mantel, and used part of the other side to “match” up the pattern to make the skirt long enough . Once the pattern was matched I did a quick machine seam or you could do by hand.
I wanted the sides to have a fitted look to them…
I turned the skirt inside out and laid down (wrong side out) and pulled the extra sides out and placed pins against the mantels edge as a guide to use for sewing, you can also do this by hand.
I flipped it right side out again…
and slid it over the mantel sides and adjusted. I really like how it looks, more of a cottage feel while covering the wooden mantel.
So pleased…and met all my needs…inexpensive, quick and provided cottage charm.
Have you made any skirts for your mantel?