Simply does it

Sometimes, it would seem, it's the simplest ideas that take the longest to form.

It certainly applies in this case.  I had a little problem and it's only taken me the best part of three months to figure it out.

So, what can this pile of randomly coloured flowers possibly mean?

That I've finally figured out what I'm doing about ties for my Thrifty Curtains?  Yes, indeedy.  That's exactly what it means.

At first I thought I'd sew something.  Then I thought a crocheted something would be better.  Then... nothing.  No inspiration struck, no idea seemed to suit.  I thought of using the Rose Ties pattern I'd used in the bedroom, but I didn't really feel that roses suited these curtains.

Then I remembered some other flowery patterns I'd come up with a while ago.  They might just do the job, but how to use them exactly?  I wasn't sure exactly where I was going, but I started flower production anyway and crossed my fingers that some little idea might float to the surface.

Very fortunately, it did.  The oldest idea in the book really, but I think it's just what I needed for these curtains.  I just kept it really, really simple.  No extra leaves, big bands or ties, just simple, simple chain crochet, and pretty, pretty flowers.

I like it.  The fabric of the curtains doesn't need anything more added to it and these plain, pared down ties don't get it the way of those big fabricy flowers.  Simple but effective.

I'm going to be writing up the pattern for these little ties, so if you want a simple solution too, this might be just the thing.

I've also had a few people ask me about these little flowers.  They are the same ones I used on my Eclectic Grannie Bag, so I was thinking another tutorial may be in order?

So stay tuned, the pattern and possibly a tutorial too could be coming soon (ish!)

 S x

Update - 14th June 2012 The pattern has arrived!
Click here to go to the Cherry Heart Boutique, the Simple Curtain Ties pattern is in the crochet section.


  1. They are just right! I love your curtains. I wish I had the confidence to make my own! Great job Sandra. Im pretty new to your blog and am so glad I found you. Love Katie xx

  2. They are gorgeous and your curtains are pretty fab too!


  3. Very pretty tiebacks. I love the look!

  4. The tie-backs are really pretty. I have checked out your granny bag - its really lovely. I agree it looks terribly boring on Ravelry but with the embellishments it looks stunning. Lily. xxx

  5. Love the look and so would my kitties! :D :D :D

  6. lovely flowers, indeed!!!
    xxxx Alessandra

  7. This is a very practical and usefull project.

  8. Hello Sandra

    I'm really going to have to stop looking at your blog for awhile until I get my cushion back done....all these pretty pretty things you do are so tempting to have a go at.
    These tie back are lovely too!

    A new follower

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  10. Hello dear Sandra, They are gorgeous and look perfect with your cheerful curtains! Last night I crocheted some roses for curtain tiebacks from the book Cute and Easy Crochet. I was so happy they turned out well, as I am still learning. I already had made the flowers, now I just need to make the chain for the tiebacks. I love the colors you used and look forward to your pattern and possible tutorial. You always make such beautiful things! Love, Paula xo

  11. Yes, it is simple...but OH! so CUTE!!!

  12. They are so beautiful and perfect!! I love this idea!! I have to put this on my project list! Thanks for sharing!! xo Heather

  13. They are just perfect Sandra and perfectly thrifty and crafty too!

  14. What a sweet lovely touch to add to your curtains.

    blessings, jilly

  15. Ooohhhh.....your flowers are so pretty Sanda! Beautiful tie backs.
    I look forward to your tutorial very much :-)
    Have a lovely weekend.
    Carole x

  16. Just wonderful! Love the crispy freshness of your curtains too, it is just a perfect combination! Love it!

  17. Well, these are just perfect for your curtain!- what a brillioso idea!
    Love the colours you have chosen, too.
    Happy weekend!

  18. Hi Sandra,
    Thanks for your comments on my blog.
    I'm afraid you do distract me or rather the very tempting things that you make do and I'm itching to try my hand at some of them. However my cushion back is coming along fine and work permitting I hope to finish it in the next few days.

    Keep well

    Amanda :-)

    at Crafty in the Med

  19. Oh, so cute! You have added such a sweet cottage look to your lovely curtains!
    Thanks for sharing, Sandra!