Nursery In Progress: DIY Velvet Back Tab Curtains

Wednesday, January 14, 2015
I figured I'd tackle decorating the nursery before it gets too hard to move around. The first task was to replace the existing dull cream curtains. One of those curtain panel was 5 inches longer than the other (WHY!?!), and it was driving me nuts!

Enter some plush velvet in navy blue and forest green. We're having a girl, but I wanted to keep the major accessories neutral, and go with an enchanted forest sort of theme. I sewed two panels, each made of half blue and half green fabric.

Making back tab curtains isn't complicated. All you need to do is hem 3 sides of each curtain panel as normal. The top of the curtain requires a little more work, but if you can sew a straight stitch, you can totally manage this.

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Here's what the top part of each curtain panel looks like. I made a 4 inch wide hem, and folded some heavy duty black webbing under the bottom seam, and added another two lines of stitches to secure them to the top of the curtain. Each strip of black webbing is roughly 5 inches apart. Putting the strips closer together will make your curtain ruffles smaller and more full.

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Here's what it looks like all stitched together. You could make tubes of fabric out of the same color fabric as your curtains instead of using webbing, but in this case, the velvet would have been too thick, and it was faster to use the webbing. It hangs just fine this way. The best part about these curtains is that they pleat well without the need for any extra curtain hardware.

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Interested in making your own back tab curtains? Here are two tutorials that go into more detail:

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And here's what they look like hanging at full length. The nursery doesn't get a ton of natural light, so the dark curtains were tricky to get a good shot of. Hopefully things will look a little more put together when the nursery is complete.
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