Thursday, April 4, 2013

Nursery Update: Curtains!

Surprisingly one of the most difficult aspects of moving into a new home is figuring out window treatments!  Currently much of our home is outfitted with the beautiful white paper shades from Home Depot that cost about $5 and are raised and lowered manually and held in place with what looks like chip clips. They serve the purpose of creating a little bit of privacy and shielding at least some of the sunlight.

Our beautiful Home Depot paper curtains

Curtain chip clip
They certainly do not keep the room dark though and with a newborn I needed a dark space for him to sleep. I didn't want to actually purchase shades or curtains yet because I wasn't sure how we'd be decorating the space, so I decided to just purchase some blackout liners from Target and use those until I figured out the curtain situation.

7 months later, I finally got around to it and I decided to make my own curtains. I figured I could just use the blackout liners I already bought and sew those into the fabric I chose. This was the first time I was making my own curtains and it did not go as smoothly as I'd hoped, but I feel that I learned enough from it that I will be more successful in my next curtain sewing venture. That or I learned enough to know that I should just buy pre-made curtains next time, I'm still undecided on that.

I used a few tutorials I found online to give me a little guidance, this one at Sew Many Ways and this one at Ten June were the most helpful. I'd give you my own tutorial but I think it's safe to say I shouldn't be teaching anyone to make curtains, just yet. There are a few flaws which I'm sure only I notice, but I think they look very cute in the nursery and they serve the purpose of creating a nice dark room for William to nap in.

Making curtains I learned the value of the saying, "Measure twice, cut once. " I'm thinking next time I'll measure 4 times and hopefully cut only once! I also learned that the time spent sewing is about 1/4 of the time spent ironing.

Peek a boo

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