Friday, July 9, 2010

31: baby’s room curtains

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I have FINALLY gotten some curtains up on the girl’s window. It’s been bare since we painted and trimmed the room, and with the hot sunny weather it was becoming a necessity to find a way to block out the sun and heat during the day!


With no plans for the day (I had the day off of work – using up vacation time before Mat leave!) I decided I had been procrastinating for long enough and should just get some sort of window treatment up, even if it’s not permanent.

I wasn’t really doing it as a tutorial, so the photos below are pretty random, but if you’d like to know how I did something send an email or leave a comment!

Disclaimer: Before I have family and friends getting me in trouble, YES I was up on a ladder a little bit today (ok, a LOT), however I did so very safely and with these now up I should be finished with the ladder for the rest of the pregnancy (I think).


I had purchased these IKEA Lenda curtains back in April - the day Craig left :( – and have been wavering over whether I wanted white or coloured curtains in her room ever since.

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I also picked up the double rod while I was there.

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The great thing about IKEA curtains is that they are made ridiculously long so that you can hem them to whatever length you need. I took 11 inches off the bottom of each of them to get them to a nice floor length.

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Not knowing what I wanted the final product to look like, I grabbed some fabric I had picked up on sale a little while ago and cut out a rectangle as wide as the window.

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I hemmed the edges, turned it inside out, and sewed a double line along the time for a rod pocket.

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I don’t know if that is how you are supposed to make a valance, but it worked for me. You could also sew on some cute ribbon ties (like this) or use ring clips to hold up a flat panel.


I showed you these before, but for the bunting, I just cut out and hemmed triangles of fabric.

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I found some ribbon I liked (green not pink as seen below) and just sewed it on.


I used some ring clips to attach them to the rod in front of the valence.

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It is FAR from perfect, and I still have a little work I’d like to do to make sure it hangs properly but overall I’m pretty pleased with the day’s work. It’s made for a nice little area for nursing and cuddling. I’m also going to consider using the ties that came with the curtains to pull back the two sides. I need to find some sort of blind for the window first; until then the curtains are the only source of privacy and light filtering.

What do you think? Any suggestions on how I can perfect it?

Visit Transformation Thursday at The Shabby Chic Cottage for more great projects!


Mandi @ Finding Home said...

I adore the bunting!! These curtains are so pretty. I love the layers. Glad you didn't fall off the ladder though!!

Michelle@Fromhousetohome said...

They look great, very sweet room!

Molly @ A Bit O' Shine said...

Lovely! What a sweet and beautiful room!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

What great fun curtains! stay off the ladder!!!

I joined in the fun and came over from Transformation Thursdays


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