Sewing curtains is probably one of the easiest home-improvement projects there is. However some may think it’s a project too daunting to imagine, so I recommend you start with your child’s room. If you have fun making the curtains for your child’s room, you’ll soon be coming up with other ideas for window-dressing the rest of your house.
If you’re replacing drapery or mini-blinds in your child’s room then you’ve probably been concerned about the hazards of long hanging cords or pointed drapery pins for some time now. Your baby’s crib or child’s bed should never be close to long dangling mini-blind or curtain-pull cords, and knowing you’re going to replace these window coverings with curtains, go ahead and cut-off those cords with your scissors. Leave the existing (cordless) blinds or curtains on the window until you’ve completed making your new ones.
Start by measuring your window with a long yard-stick and make note of the height and width of the area you would like to cover with curtains, not necessarily the size of the window. Next, you’re going to add three inches to both the top and bottom measurements, an extra six inches for hemming. If you like a full curtain flounce which is better for sheers, offering more privacy, then double (or triple) your width measurement. This means you’ll probably add an additional panel or possibly two more.
Take your measurements with you to your local fabric store and select a light-weight cotton (washable) fabric with a fun print for your son or daughter’s room. There are so many wonderful prints to choose from, and you can completely change the look of your child’s room with curtains.
If your child’s room is decorated in a jungle theme, choose a “go-with-anything” black and white zebra stripe, or tigers hiding among flowers and palm leafs. If the universe is your theme then choose a print with stars or rainbows. Find more decorating tips for your child’s room in my article “Inexpensive Decorating Themes for a Child’s Bedroom”.
After you’ve selected your fabric, figure out how many yards you’ll need by determining how wide the fabric is, then multiplying your window length measurement by the number of panels needed for your (doubled or tripled) window width measurement, and adjust according to the width of your selected fabric. Or find a sales person to help you. Just remember to get matching thread and an extra yard of fabric if your going to make coordinating throw pillows or just want back-up fabric in case there were measuring errors. Once home, cut your panels and drape the fabric over one of the windows in your child’s room to visualize the finished product. This will inspire you to sew and hang your new curtains.
You will only be hemming the top and bottom of your panels, as the salvage running along both sides of your fabric already is a “finished” edge. To sew the top rod-pocket hem as well as the bottom hem, fold the raw edge over approximately ½ inch, pin in place and sew down using a straight-stitch on your sewing machine, or sew by hand using a whip-stitch.
Then fold over the edge you just finished sewing approximately 2 ½ inches, pin down and stitch close to the fold-line. This will create the fabric rod-pocket needed to pull the curtain-rod through. And because the top hem and bottom hem are both the same you will be able to interchange the panels after washing, if you chose a fabric with an all-over pattern.
Now pull the curtain-rod through the rod-pockets until all your panels are gathered onto one rod. Either hang your new curtains over the existing mini-blinds for additional privacy and darkness, or remove the old window treatments and install the curtain-rod hardware, securing to it to the wall.
Once you’ve finished hanging your new curtains, you’ll realize how simple it is to completely change the look of your child’s bedroom or any room in your home. Now stand back and admire your handiwork!