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 outside 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 that I 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
We started by measuring and cutting the fabric for the panels. My panels needed to be 90 inches tall, and you’re supposed to add 10 inches to that to account for hems, but we actually ended up cutting them to be 101 inches. NBD. 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 50.5 inches, and then made the cut.
We didn’t cut the width of the yellow fabric, leaving the 55 inches intact.
We cut the same length, 101 inches, on the blackout fabric.
Then, we cut 4 inches off of the longer side of the blackout fabric.
Then we put the right sides together (yellow fabric and soft side of blackout fabric), matching them up (as shown below), and sewed the long sides together.
Since there’s 4 inches less blackout fabric than yellow fabric on the long sides, we had some excess yellow fabric in the middle, but don’t worry, that worked itself out– just stay with me.
After sewing the two long sides, we turned 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.
We folded the top of the panel down and turned it under by half an inch. We did the same for the bottom.
Then we pressed the panel on all four sides. The picture below is showing one of the longer sides of the panel.
For the tabs, I used grosgrain ribbon cut into 4 inch strips. I like grosgrain ribbon because it’s more reinforced than satin.
We sewed the tabs an inch from the top, with 5 inches in between each tab.
I use the thinner grosgrain ribbon on the ends because it looks better hung when I do this.
To do the bottom of the tabs, we folded the ribbon and raw fabric under 1/2 inch and sewed the seam across the panel, over the bottom of the tabs.
Then we hemmed the bottom of the blackout curtains. The bottom hem ended up being 4.5 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 provide plenty of room darkening. They’ll also help save energy.
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!
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