|I relied very heavily on this tutorial from View Along The Way which listed everything out so nice and concise, step by step. I'll direct you there if you want to make your own as well as to the bottom of this post for what I will do differently the next time I make blackout curtains for there will be a next time. Of this I am certain.|
|Nice and straight stripes, how much hope I had in you.|
|Even here, as the hemming process, the world was full of hope.|
|And still there's hope. One panel front has been completed and it's now on to the second, checking at every step that the stripes would line up.|
|Always checking and rechecking before sewing anything.|
|And yes! It appears we have stripes that will line up and thank goodness for railings and stairways that allow us the room necessary to determine these things.|
|Hemming of the top and bottom began with the helpful aid of an Amazon envelope so that the hems were ironed absolutely evenly all the way across. And still there was hope.|
|Nice and dark even in the middle of one of a rare sunny day. The line of light across the middle is what was the bottom hem before the curtains were rotated and so did not have any blackout material behind them|
|Voila!! They make me so happy :)|
Tips & Tricks:
- In the tutorial it mentions measuring what you want your finished panel's width to be and then subtracting from that to figure out how wide your blackout lining needs to be. In the future I'll do the opposite. Take the width I want my panels to be and use it for the blackout lining and then add inches onto that in order to create the finished width thus ensuring they are wide enough to cover my windows completely.
- When looking for tutorials on how best to sew curtains with horizontal stripes every single post I read had you start with one solid piece of fabric and sew alternating stripes onto it rather than sewing strips of fabric together. This would have been infinitely easier and not a whole lot more expensive had I known about it before having purchased the pirate fabric and moving.
- Ultimately this project did not end up being cost effective after I special ordered fabric, had to buy additional fabric, and blackout lining despite all of those things either being on sale or bought with a coupon. If in fact I had succeeded in making them as long as I initially wanted they may have been more cost effective.
- In the end though, every time I walk into the nursery and see these curtains I am filled with pride and do so love the patterns so they were worth all the time, energy, sleeplessness, and tears. :)
Have you ever had a project that you spent hours or even days on just for it to not turn out? Where you able to fix it, or did you have to scratch the whole idea?
Thanks for reading and happy crafting!
***This post is linked up at Living Well, Spending Less***