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DIY WOODLAND NURSERY CURTAINS

Learn how to easily make DIY woodland nursery curtains. Perfect for any nursery with the optimal balance between light filtering and blackout curtains.


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Let’s just start off with what might be a controversial topic. Blackout curtains in a nursery, or no?

How about we meet in the middle and get the best of both worlds!

My logic was, if my son can fall asleep in the car or stroller with the sun blaring, then he should be capable of falling asleep in a semi-dark room with blinds and curtains. The goal was to have curtains that darkened the room some in hopes of helping make nap time a little easier, but also let in just enough light so that our son would not grow accustomed to only being able to sleep in a pitch black room.

Some may say that the blackout curtains help little ones to nap during the day or sleep longer in the mornings and not be woken up by the sun… if only that were true. Three years later and our son still wakes up like clock work no matter how late he stayed up or if the sun is still sleeping.

Seeing as how I have a slight obsession with flannel and it is a heavy weight fabric that could work great for curtains, I decided to try it out. I have never seen nor heard of flannel curtains, but that didn’t stop me from giving it a go and I am so glad it didn’t!

The flannel fabric ended up being the best choice for our woodland nursery curtains! Not only are is the pattern adorable, but the fabric provides the optimal balance between light filtering and blackout curtains. The curtains are heavy and dark enough to block most of the light, but the lighter portions of the flannel allowed for subtle filtered light to peak through.

These DIY woodland nursery curtains were the finishing touch and beautifully framed our woodland nursery signs.

The curtains are designed to provide two different ways of hanging – a rod pocket or clip rings.

VARIATIONS OF THIS PROJECT:

  • Add tabs to the back for a different hanging option.
  • Customize the appliques with a different animal, flowers, trees, etc.
  • Keep it simple and skip the appliques.

SUPPLIES

  • Flannel Fabric (the amount needed for the desired height and number of panels)
  • Drop Cloth
  • Bear Applique
  • Paper
  • Thread
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Measuring Tape
  • Pins
  • Iron
  • Sewing Machine

If you would like to use a Cricut for the bear applique pattern:

HOW TO MAKE DIY WOODLAND NURSERY CURTAINS:

MEASURE AND CUT FABRIC

Begin by laundering and ironing all fabric to be used for the curtains.

All of the bedrooms in our base housing were on the second floor, which had 8′ ceilings. With that being said, I custom made these curtains to be hung by clip rings and not gathered on the floor. Therefore, my curtains are 92″ (7’8″) long.

The full width of the fabric was used to determine the curtain width. In my case, the width was 44″ based off of the flannel fabric used.

All measurements stated in this tutorial are based off of this length and width (44″ x 92″). Simply add or subtract some fabric to either the drop cloth or flannel portion to get the length that works for your space.

Measure and cut 81″ panels from the main fabric – I used flannel.

Measure and cut 44″ x 15″ pieces from the drop cloth. You will only need one for each curtain panel.

Since our son’s nursery had two windows, I cut four pieces of both the flannel and drop cloth.

Iron all of the fabric pieces to be used. Next, fold over the top 3″ of the drop cloth and iron down. This is going to create the rod loop for the curtains.

BEAR APPLIQUE

There are two ways to cut out your bear appliques:

  • print and cut the pattern from the computer
  • or cut a pattern using a Cricut.

Once you have the bear patterns cut out of paper, lay them on the leftovers of your main fabric and cut out one of each bear for each curtain panel. Again, I had four panels so I needed four of each bear – papa, mama, and baby.

Pin the bears onto the drop cloth and stitch around each using the overcasting stitch on your machine. I recommend doing a test stitch to see what size stitch width and length you like for this application.

SEW THE MAIN PIECE

Instead of a true hem, I chose to leave frayed edges around the curtains.

Using the straight stitch, sew 1/4″ from the edges around the main fabric. Slightly fray the fabric all around.

SEW THE HEADER

Pin the top of the main fabric to the bottom of the drop cloth on the backside with a 1″ overlap.

Drop cloth has a tendency to fray easier than other fabrics. Because of this, I elected to sew 1/2″ away from the edges to allow for any excess fraying to take place.

Using a decorative stitch and a contrasting thread color, sew 1/2″ from the edges around the drop cloth. Again, I recommend doing a test stitch to see what size stitch width and length you like for this application.

My decorative stitching is 1/4″ wide with the outer edge being 1/2″ away from the edge of the drop cloth.

Make sure to sew along the bottom of the rod pocket (3″ fold over) and not the top edge. Slightly fray the fabric all around.

Use clip rings or the rod pocket to hang your beautiful new curtains.


Simple, right?! I have to admit, I was nervous to try and take on the task of sewing curtains. Due to the fact that curtains consist of very large pieces of fabric and are a focal point in a room, I really didn’t want to mess them up. Thankfully, they ended up being incredibly easy and the hardest part was measuring out the long panels to make sure the pattern wasn’t crooked.

We have enjoyed these curtains hanging in our son’s nursery for the last three years, and my hope is that you can do the same with yours!

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DIY HEART GARLAND

DIY Heart Garland

Learn how to make a DIY heart garland with our free printable and Cricut file. Perfect for weddings, bridal showers, baby showers, and Valentine’s decor!

DIY Heart Garland

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Love is in full bloom! Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and there must be something in the water. I don’t know about you, but I have been seeing loads of engagements and pregnancy announcements lately. And you know what that means – weddings and babies!!

With every wedding comes a bridal shower and with every baby comes a baby shower, both of which need decorations! Why not make decor that can be used for both?! Plus, this heart garland works perfect for Valentine’s Day! I am currently using this garland and this door decor in my home for Valentine’s Day!

This garland project came about when I was helping to plan a close friends bridal brunch. I knew I wanted to keep this garland for future use, so I decided to stick with neutral tones to use it for other purposes.

I chose to use pink and gold glitter scrapbook paper in addition to some natural colored brown wrapping paper with gold dots. The shimmering neutral tones and twine used in this garland pair beautifully for a subtle farmhouse look.

close-up of diy heart garland hanging on a wall

We have had this heart garland for a couple of years now and I am still finding more ways to use it!

Various Ways to Use this DIY Heart Garland:

  • Hang on a wall as a backdrop for photos!
  • Pair with streamers for a party!
    • Pink + White streamers for bridal shower or Valentines Day.
    • Pink + Blue streams for baby shower or gender reveal.
  • Use as a decorative garland on fireplace mantels and stairways.
  • Decor in a nursery or little girls room.
heart garland with pink and white streamers

Two Ways to Make the Hearts:

There are two different ways to make these Valentine’s hearts: by hand or using a Cricut. I highly recommend the Cricut, I absolutely love mine and it is much faster at cutting than me!

If making the hearts by hand, you can download your free printable here and follow along below. Simply skip Step 2 and Step 3.

SUPPLIES

STEP 1 – PLAN THE GARLAND

Determine the number and length of your garland. I made a total of 8 strands of garland and each strand at 6′ 8″ long.

Next, plan out how many hearts you want on each garland. I placed 7 hearts on each and alternated their locations every other strand.

diy heart garland haning on a wall

Calculate how many pieces need to be cut. If using one-sided paper, each 3D heart will need 4 pieces in order to make them double-sided. Only two hearts are needed for double-sided paper.

For my hearts, I used scrapbook paper and wrapping paper that were only one-sided. Therefore, each heart needed 4 pieces. I preferred this because it made the the hearts stiffer and more sturdy.

STEP 2 – SET UP THE CRICUT FILE

Open the Cricut Design Space app and connect your Cricut machine to your computer.

Open the Heart Garland project file.

Duplicate or remove any hearts needed to fit on your paper size and arrange on the canvas. Press the “Make It” button in the top right corner.

diy heart garland Cricut file

STEP 3 – CUT THE DESIGN

Select your material size in the left margin. You may have to rearrange the final cut layout on this screen. Press “Continue” in the lower right corner.

select material size in cricut design space

Follow the prompted instructions on the screen to ensure your machine settings are ready.

Place the paper on the machine cutting mat and load the mat into the machine by pressing the double arrow button on the machine.

select settings to cut in cricut design space

Press the Cricut logo button on the machine to begin the cut.

After the cut is complete, unload the mat with the double arrow button and load a new sheet of paper onto the mat. Continue cutting the design until you have all the pieces required.

Once you have enough hearts cut out, unload the mat and press the “Finish” button in the bottom right corner.

finish cutting in cricut design space

STEP 4 – ASSEMBLE THE HEARTS

It takes two hearts to create one 3D heart. If using one-sided paper, paste together two matching pieces to create a double-sided heart.

Mix and match the hearts to find combinations that you love and place them into pairs.

For every pair of hearts, cut a line down the center from the top to the middle of one heart, and the bottom to the middle of the other heart.

cuts used to join the hearts together

Slide the two hearts together to form a 3D heart and place a string of glue down the seam. Place the 3D hearts upside down to dry.

Once dry, lay the hearts along the twine to determine placement. I placed each of my hearts 8″ apart and shifted the pattern down by 4″ for every other garland.

Lastly, attach the hearts to the twine with glue at the seam and let dry.

hearts attached to the twine with glue

Hang up the strands of hearts and enjoy your new DIY heart garland!

How did you use your DIY Heart Garland? Share it with us! Tag us on social media with your creation!


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