Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Baby Girl's Nursery Part II - Curtains 101

WARNING: This post contains no pictures just practical info and resources.

Baby girl’s room is the only one in the house that does not have blinds on the windows. A dark room is essential for a baby so addressing the windows in this nursery is a priority. My husband and I talked about installing blackout roller shades (not exactly pretty) or blinds similar to the ones in other rooms ($$$). Since we knew that we would also hang curtains in the room, I decided to make curtains lined with blackout fabric and forgo the blinds to save a little money and keep the windows from feeling too fussy.

If you would like to tackle making and installing your own curtains you’ll need the following:
  • Sewing machine – nothing fancy needed
  • Cotton thread and straight pins
  • Iron
  • Fabric, the yardage is really dependent upon the length of the curtains. To calculate yardage measure the area that you would like the curtains to cover (top to bottom) and add 4 inches for seam allowance to each panel. You’ll most likely need two panels per window so multiply the length per panel by the number of windows, then multiply that number by 2. If your fabric has a pattern add 1 to 2 yards to your total. This is very important because you’ll want to cut each panel at the same point on the pattern, otherwise the patterns won’t line up when the curtains hang side by side. The fabric I used was $9 per yard.
  • Blackout drapery fabric. I purchased this fabric from for $4.98 a yard. This time I added an extra ½ yard to my total yardage just in case.
  • Harware. I really wanted white wood hardware, which is a bit pricer than metal, for this project and I found great deals through Capital City Lumber. Regardless of whether you use wood or metal you will need the following:

    - Drapery Rings ($7.67 for a pack of 7 - 7 per panel is standard)
    - Drapery Rods ($14.15 per 4' rod and $32.88 per 8' rod.)
    - Rod Brackets ($11.67 for a pack of 2)
    - Finials ($9.68 for a pack of 2)
    - Drapery hooks – to attach rings to curtains ($1.49 for a pack of 14)
Total cost for supplies (excluding sewing machine, thread and straight pins which I had on hand) = $292. This may sound like a lot, but it averages out to $73 per curtain panel – including hardware. You could easily spend $140 per panel on custom curtains and $200 on similar hardware.

Tomorrow, Curtains 102: Cutting, Pinning, and Sewing.

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