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.
- Flannel Fabric (the amount needed for the desired height and number of panels)
- Drop Cloth
- Bear Applique
- Fabric Scissors
- Measuring Tape
- 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.
There are two ways to cut out your bear appliques:
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!
MORE DIY NURSERY PROJECTS:
- Woodland Nursery Signs
- Floating Corner Shelves
- Industrial Pipe Shelf
- Ultrasound Picture Frame
- Painted Wood Letters
- Paper Mache Deer Head
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