DIY // How to Make Back-Tab Bedroom Curtains

3 years ago
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Today, I’m sharing how I made my own bedroom curtains with blackout lining. I went with a 84″x54″ length, and three blocks (pattern on the top and bottom). It’s SO gorgeous in person. I am in love!


A few things to keep in mind prior to selecting your fabric.

  1. These curtains are heavy once done, so make sure to install your rods with supporting threaded anchors. The oversized threads on these anchors are designed to screw directly into drywall. They’re available in nylon or brass. The brass version with a hook holds more weight than the center screw type. While threaded anchors hold well and are easy to install and remove, they leave a nice-sized hole behind should you decide to redecorate in the future.
  2. Buy your fabric in one piece. If you want to make two panels, add everything together (you can cut it yourself once you start making your curtains). This way, you will save a few extra bucks.
  3. Get an extra yard of fabric for your throw pillows. It will look great to have the same pattern on your bed as well.
  4. Making bedroom curtains requires adding blackout lining to keep the light outside.


YOU WILL NEED:
  • 4 yards fabric for your middle section. This includes .5 yards for two 18″ throw pillows
  • 2.5 yards of fabric for the top and bottom.This includes .5 yards for two 18″ throw pillows
  • sewing machine
  • yarn that is in the same color as your fabric
  • 4.6 yards of blackout lining (I got mine from Hobby Lobby for $5/square foot

Here’s our process. (This was my first time-making curtains, so a few of the tips I picked up from Home Fabrics and Rugs while checking out, and the rest I figured out as I went.)

STEP 1

Lay out the fabric that you’re going to use for your middle section, and measure/cut two pieces of 56 inches, and one 7-inch piece for the top (back piece).


STEP 2

Cut two 28-inch pieces of your fabric that will go on the bottom, and a 7-inch piece that will go on the top.


STEP 3

Sew together the bottom and middle piece, with both fabrics facing each other on the pattern side. Iron the folds, for a finished look.


STEP 4

Cut two 84-inch pieces of your blackout lining, and lay them on the backside of the sewn fabric (from steps 3-4). I was told at Hobby Lobby that you can use either side of your blackout lining for the top, so use whatever you prefer!


STEP 5

Fold the bottom up and inside. My fold was 3.5″ inches. Now sew it together!


STEP 6

Fold the sides and sew them together. Mine was 1 inch on each side.


STEP 7

8. I made my curtains in a lined back tab style, since it seemed the easiest for me. But you can finish your curtains in lots of other styles.


STEP 8

For the top part, I used my two 7-inch fabric cuts, and added six tabs to the back.


STEP 9

Once I sewed the top together, I attached it to the rest of my curtain.


I believe I could have done this last part better, so please sew the top (front fabric) on first before you add the back fabric and the tabs.

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SPENDING FOR TWO 84×54″ CURTAINS AND TWO 18″ PILLOWS:
  • 8 yards of Fabric – $61.56 with a coupon of $26.36 in savings.
  • 4.6 yards of blackout lining for $19.95
  • yellow yarn for $1.95

Total: $83.46

This would make the curtains to be around $30 each, and the pillows $10 each. Pretty good deal for a custom-madeset, don’t you think?

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