Today I’m sharing how to make blackout curtains.
My mom and I made the blackout curtains for Owen’s nursery. Babies slept best in very dark rooms, so blackout curtains are great for blocking outdoor light any time of the day. They’re also energy efficient and help reduce noise.
These were pretty simple to make once we figured out our game plan on how we were going to sew them. I tried my best to show the steps with photos but it was kind of hard because we were dealing with so much fabric.
Here’s everything I used to make these blackout curtains:
6 yards of fabric … the fabric I used can be found HERE
6 yards of blackout lining … the fabric I used can be found HERE
1-1/2 inch white grosgrain ribbon … JoAnn Fabric
5/8 inch white grosgrain ribbon … JoAnn Fabric
white thread … found HERE or JoAnn Fabric
scissors … found HERE
pins … found HERE
Measure Out the Fabric
Start by measuring and cutting the curtain fabrics for the panels. If you’re working with an 8 foot tall room, you’re going to want your panels to be 100 inches tall. You need to add 10 inches to that to account for hems. But keep in mind, your length is going to depend on how high your curtain rod is hung.
Since we were dealing with so much fabric, we folded the fabric over, measured out 50 inches, and then made the straight line cut.
We didn’t cut the width of the yellow fabric, leaving the 55 inches intact.
Cut the same length, 100 inches, on the blackout liner.
Then, cut 4 inches off of the longer side of the blackout fabric.
Sewing the Black Out Curtains
Put the right sides together (yellow fabric and soft side of blackout fabric), matching up the edges of the curtain (as shown below), and sew the long sides together.
Since there’s 4 inches less blackout fabric than yellow fabric on the long sides, you may have some excess yellow fabric in the middle, but don’t worry, that will work itself out– just stay with me.
After sewing the two long sides, turn the panel right side out.
See how the blackout fabric is on one side and the yellow fabric is on the other side?
Remember how we cut off those 4 inches? Well, there ended being about 2 inches of yellow fabric on each side because of the blackout fabric being 4 inches less.
Next, fold the top of the panel down and turned it under by half an inch. Do the same for the bottom.
Pressing the Curtains
Press the panel on all four sides.
The picture below is showing one of the longer sides of the panel.
Sewing On the Tabs
For the tabs, I use grosgrain ribbon cut into 4 inch strips. I like grosgrain ribbon because it’s more reinforced than satin.
Sew the tabs an inch from the top, with 5 inches in between each tab.
Use thinner grosgrain ribbon on the ends because it looks better hung when done this way.
To do the bottom of the tabs, fold the ribbon and raw fabric under 1/2 inch and sew the seam across the panel, over the bottom of the tabs.
Hemming & Hanging the Curtains
Hem the bottom of the curtains. The bottom hem of my curtains ended up being 4 inches with 1/2 inch folded under.
If you want to make sure your blackout curtains are hemmed perfectly, go ahead and hang them before sewing the bottom hem. Then you can measure exactly how long they need to be or pin them to the correct length.
Don’t forget to hang your curtain rod high– closer to the ceiling than the top of the window. This gives the illusion that the room is taller than what it actually is.
And don’t cover the window with the curtain panels, by doing this, you make the window appear to be larger than what it actually is.
I love how these blackout curtains turned out. The fabric is perfect for Owen’s nursery, and they do a great job blocking light. They’ll also help save energy. And remember, these are great for a master bedroom as well.
PS, all of the step-by-step photos were taken with my iPhone. Check out my post on how to take better photos with your smartphone!