|Jonas with his matching blanket and curtains|
The idea that Jonas wouldn’t like his matching curtains never occurred to me. Luckily, after taking his blankie out of his bed and showing him that it was whole, he quieted down and it was all okay. We even had a little conversation and a smile about the dump trucks and cars. Thank goodness!
His room needed curtains since summer is approaching and it is light here in northern
until almost 11 p.m. Without anything on the windows, he would most likely wake
up around 4 a.m. as well when it starts to get light outside. Germany
I’m not the biggest fan of curtains, but I
didn’t want to have blinds due to the cords.
I’ll admit, I bought curtains for the main bedrooms. With the price of material these days, it’s
hard to sew them for less. However, they
are too thin, so I will need to sew on a darker sheet behind them to block out
more light. Good thing I can sew.
For this duvet inspired curtain, I used some scraps of red material, a long piece of blue material I bought at Ikea, the bottom end of one of the bedroom curtains (cut off at the window), and the rest of the duvet cover with the automobiles. It only took me one night after the kids went to bed, and I think it really adds to the room and makes it more colorful.
Here’s the how-to:
|Red curtain loops|
2. I first made the loops for the top of the curtain. This is pretty easy. All you need to do is cut a few strips of material 4 inches by 10. Fold them in half and sew along the side leaving about a quarter inch. Then turn them back right-side-in and iron flat with the seam in the middle.
|Pinned Loops on main fabric|
4. At this point, I decided to add the automobile duvet piece of material to the curtain. I ripped out the seams and then cut the material to fit. Then I sewed in the bottom edge a quarter inch. Finally, I sewed this piece upside down on the blue material about a foot from the top seam with the loops so that when it is folded back over it hangs like a second curtain over the blue one.
6. At this point, the curtain looks a bit like a duvet cover. In order to make it look more like a curtain, I sewed around the edges again and then sewed another seam a few inches from the bottom so that it looked like a hem.
My duvet curtain was finished, which was good, because it was almost midnight and I was really tired. I had tried to do this project during the day, but every time I laid the material on the floor, my kids thought it was something to play on. Now I need to find the time to finish the other curtains…