On to other things like an almost completed nursery! A few weeks ago you had a sneak peak at the window treatments with the non-DIY roman shades. Initially I was going to have custom ones made, but I realized Pottery Barn sold ones very similar to what I wanted for only $148 per window. I couldn't pass that up. I considered only having these shades as the window treatment; I love the simplicity of it. However, given my window condition there is a lot of light leak along the sides of the window. I opted to add drapery panels to the side. There is a lot of talk about not having full length drapery panels in nurseries, but I will hope for the best. If this child is like his father then we probably won't have a problem with him swinging from the drapery...if he is like me...well that could be an issue. 50-50 shot, right?
|Underside of Pottery Barn Roman Shade Showing Mechanism|
Why stop at just a drapery panel? I though I should go ahead and make it a blackout lined drapery panel...really should have done this project before my belly expanded 12". I could have done this as a video DIY and provided everyone with a laugh as I attempted to crawl around on the floor to lay this out and iron over the hems. This also would have been good to do before furniture went into the nursery since that was the only empty room with tons of floor space to lay out the fabric; while this is a relatively easy project it is a lot of fabric to deal with!
First you will want to have a space (the floor or a very large table) that you can lay out the fabric. My drapery fabric is from Premier Prints, so the 54" fabric is actually 55" wide edge to edge. The blackout fabric is from Hobby Lobby and is 53" wide which gave the perfect 1" overlap on each side. After ironing the chevron fabric and cutting the length I needed I laid it face down on the floor. I determined the length by ceiling height + 2" double turned bottom hem + 1" double fold top hem + 5" double fold top for drapery pole pocket.
|Fabric face down plus blackout lining face up|
A double fold hem is when you simply fold over the fabric and stitch. A double turned hem is when you fold over the fabric and then fold it over once more, so you are folding then "turning." They really should have come up with better lingo for all that!
|Stitch Witch in lieu of pinning|
|Iron all your hems in place; use 4-6" strip of stitch witch every 12-24"|
|Double Fold Hem Along Sides|
At the top of the drapery I cut back the blackout on the portion I will fold over to create the pocket for the pole - no sense in having the extra weight. Slight warning: given the thickness and weight of the completed panel the pocket style may not have been the best idea...certainly the easiest, but it does not hang as effortlessly as I would like. I plan to go back and either add grommets or "button holes" to attach drapery hooks...once I don't have this belly in the way!
|Top of Drapery Panel|