Here we go, travelling back in time, to when I was crazy pregnant and doing projects but not having the energy to post anything about it...
So back in the day, when the nursery was a makeshift guest room, I'd dressed a twin bed (cough-airmattress-cough) up with bedding from Home Goods and Delia*s.
Then, when we did the nursery, I somehow dressed the windows using very similar fabric as the bedskirt shown above.
So, logically, when I was faced with dressing the small window in the playroom, my logical thought was, "hey, I bet I can turn that bedskirt into a tiered curtain."
...what, you don't have thoughts like that in the middle of the night when you're freakishly pregnant?
I figured even if I couldn't make it work I wouldn't be out anything since the bedskirt was haphazardly thrown into the guest bedroom closet- so out came the scissors!
First, I cut the the ruffled skirt off of the flat panel. If your bedskirt is not ruffled, you will not have an easy time making it tiered. I with with the ruffly tiered look because the bedskirt was already gathered.
(Whoops- Naked boppy, cutting in.)
Then I measured the window and added half the width to it, and then divide it in half! (Example, if you have a window that is 20 inches, add another ten inches to it, making your total curtain 30- divide that by 2 for two panels, making a bunch of 15 inch rectangles)
Now, the trick with a pre-gathered skirt is to make sure you are measuring your needed length from the top of panel. Your panels will be more trapezoid shaped, so be careful- they're supposed to look that way!
Now, because my window was very small, I was actually able to use the large part of the bedskirt (the part that goes under the mattress) as the "curtain" part. I finished the raw edges on the bed skirt tiers and the large curtain pieces by folding the edges over twice and doing a straight stitch down.
I then sewed my ruffles onto the curtain causing the top of one to overlap the hem of the previous by about 2 inches so there was no exposed panel.
To allow it to hang on the rod, I simply sewed ribbons evenly across the top to get the tab-top appearance we achieved with the curtains in the main part of the nursery. The point of this was to coordinate while still being different.
And then I hung them up and realized that Nate was absolutely right. There was way too much white for a kids room.
After I pressed it (for obvious reasons), I took out some of my Wild Thing fabric to add more ruffles and color. There is a real way to gather, I didn't feel the need to do it because I was really pregnant (that's a good defense, right?) I made the ruffles the most pin crazy and lazy way possible. I pinned the sides. Then I pinned the middle, and then I kept pinning half way between the pins until there was a nice ruffle, and straight stitched right over that bad boy. AND I only broke three needles. Badass, right?
The curtains ended up costing only what I had spent on this fabric for other pieces of the nursery (I don't remember the exacts, but I think I only used 2 yards or so). Adding the Wild Things also added a hit of whimsy and really brought the room together- I'm glad I slept on it and made the decision to do it.
Overall, this curtain project made me realize how important it is to grasp the concepts behind sewing, not just knowing how to sew a specific thing. If I had only known how to sew with flat fabric and patterns it never would have occurred to me to use the bedskirt. The weird, newly sentimental part of me likes it too because the bedskirt was in the room while we were waiting to get pregnant. I feel like it's a weird mom reminder how lucky I am to have her.
Plus, I didn't have to drive all the way back to IKEA for more curtain panels 8.5 months pregnant. Always a good thing, right?