I have been focusing so much on the kid's rooms and our family room that our master has started to look way left behind. I decided the very first thing our (mine and my husband) room needed was natural light. Once a room has adequate light, I feel more inspired to create. To add light, I made curtain holders for our dark, sun-blocking curtains (my husband works night shifts and sleeps during the day so these are necessary).These were pretty easy and best of all, they were free. I just used scrap fabric and spare buttons.
While it is probably pretty basic for most/all sewers, this was my first button hole. It took serious sewing machine manual time to figure it out, but I did it and I think they look great.
I just cut out 2 white rectangles (I have 2 curtains/windows), hemmed each side, made a button hole on one end and hand sewed a button on the other because I couldn't figure out how to do it on my machine.