Monday, May 6, 2013

The intimidating curtains

curtain stuff

A few weeks ago, I bought these things to make curtains for Abbie’s room.  Yes, I said weeks…  Her room is on the west side of the house, so in the afternoons (during nap time) her room gets pretty darn bright and hot, even with her blinds closed.  So I knew I needed to make curtains for her.

The white-ish fabric that you can barely see on the left is black out fabric.  The lady at the store told me to just buy tension rods and sew a loop at the top of the black out fabric and cut it to fit the window and you’re done.  So I bought the fabric, plus some extra to do that.  And then I decided that I wanted to be able to use her windows so I didn’t want to put black out fabric on tension rods behind her blinds because then we’d never use the windows.

So now I have the fabric to do it all, and I just don’t know where to start or exactly how to do it, which is why it’s been sitting here for weeks. I don’t have enough black out fabric to completely line the curtains, so I’m going to have to figure out how to strategically place the black out fabric on the back of the curtains so it covers the opening of the window.  Sounds easy enough, but it’s really hard to concentrate on how many inches need to go where when you have kids running around and have to stop and go find them every 2 minutes.  Maybe some people can plan and do math in their heads with distractions, but I’m not one of them.

I have started a little anyway.  I evened up the black out fabric and I cut 3 pieces of the curtain fabric to equal lengths.  And then I realized I didn’t have an iron so I stopped and ordered one, and it got here a few days ago.  I just haven’t gotten the courage to attempt to make them again.  I will soon though.

And the 2 fat quarters on the top are for pillows I’m going to make for her room also.  Never made a pillow but it can’t be that hard right?  I’d say I’ll have the curtains and the pillows done by December.  Maybe.


Unknown said...

Sweet -- I am wanting to make the white curtains in Claire's room 'black out' curtains too. I can get the fabric here but will learn from you how to do it so then I can just copy you. :)

Unknown said...

I would love to learn how to make some cute curtains for the kids. I'm so lame, I just bought some and hung them up. But they aren't fun or anything.

I have the littlest sewing machine, but never have the time to watch youtube videos to learn how to sew.

So I feel your pain! The only time I get anything done at all is during nap/quiet time. Callie gets the nap and Wilson plays the ipad in his room.

Em said...

That's it. I'm coming to Arizona. We can knock out those curtains in an afternoon!

(Why don't you just buy more black out fabric if you don't have enough?)

Elsbit said...

Em, plan for your visit to be in October when I am there! ;)