Oh boy! Oh baby! Oh baby boy! Today we debut a new nursery on Sew4Home. Our original Stylish Baby Nursery series remains one of the most popular on the site, but we knew it was time for another look at baby's room. This new series is sponsored by our good friends at Michael Miller Fabrics and is created using their new Color Story concept. We chose the Citron-Gray Color Story for our modern baby boy nursery. It is a wonderfully happy yet soothing palette, and the sleek geometric shapes of the motifs create a trendy, upscale look that mom and dad will appreciate as much as baby. Because, let's face it, who's really lookin' at all those pretty pieces at 2:00 in the morning! We will showcase eight projects over the next several weeks, starting with today's full-length panel curtains, which feature our favorite plastic grommets for easy hanging.
Unlike most fabric collections that are filled with coordinated prints in multiple colorways, color is what this story is all about. Michael Miller's Color Story concept combines hues that consistently work so well together, they create their own ambience, their own feeling... their own story. These fabric color pairings are also currently prominent in other areas of fashion, interior style and pop culture: Citron-Gray, Aqua-Red, Cocoa-Berry, It's a Boy thing, It's a Girl Thing, Lagoon, Orchid-Gray, Retro, Rouge et Noir, Sorbet and Urban Grit.
Like good friends who hang together over time, Michael Miller's eleven Color Story pals will evolve from one release to another. Their stories will update and build momentum as color trends evolve, but their compatibility will remain. You'll be able to add new fabrics within the same Color Story, knowing they'll fit in and work well together.
Sewing Tools You Need
- Any Sewing Machine (we recommend the Janome Memory Craft 6300)
Fabric and Other Supplies
NOTE: The yardages and supplies listed below as well as all the instructions are written for TWO curtain panels. Depending on the size and number of your windows and the height of your curtain rod, you may need to adjust your measurements accordingly.
- 7½ yards of 44-45" wide print fabric for the main panels: we used Feeling Groovy from the Citron-Gray Color Story by Michael Miller Fabrics
- 4 yards of 44-45" wide print fabric for the upper grommet and inset panels: we used Citron Tiny Gingham from the Citron-Gray Color Story by Michael Miller Fabrics
- 4¾ yards of 44-45" wide plain fabric for the lining: we used a standard white lining-weight cotton
- ½ yard of 44-45" wide complimentary plain fabric for curtain tie backs: we used a scrap of our white cotton lining fabric
- 3 yards of 3" header tape for upper grommet panels
- 16 large grommets (8 per curtain) for upper grommet panel: we used two packages of Dritz Home 1-9/16" Drapery Grommets in Brushed Silver (8 grommets per package)
- 4 small grommets (2 per tieback) for curtain tiebacks: we used one package of Dritz Home 1" Drapery Grommets in Brushed Silver (8 grommets per package)
- All purpose thread to match your fabrics
- See-through ruler
- Fabric pen or pencil
- Iron and ironing board
- Scissors or rotary cutter and mat
- Tape measure
- Straight pins
Our panels finish at 84" x 50", which is a pretty standard floor-length curtain size. Because we are using grommets that run through the center of our 6" high top border panel, the actual hang length is about 81". One panel would be enough for a small window, two for wider windows.
If you need to adjust your cuts, adjust the main panels rather than the top grommet panel or the accent insets. Adding to or subtracting from just the center panels will be your easiest adjustment.
If you are brand new to measuring and cutting curtains, take a look at these helpful tutorials we've done previously:
- From the fabric you are using for the main panels (Feeling Groovy in our example), cut the following:
TWO 86" high x 39" wide rectangles. These will be your Center Front Curtain Panels.
FOUR 86" high x 7" wide rectangles. These will be your Side Curtain Panels.
- From the fabric you are using for the upper grommet panel and the side inset panels (Citron Tiny Gingham in our example), cut the following:
TWO 51" high x 13" wide rectangles. These will be your Upper Grommet Panels.
FOUR 86" high x 5" wide rectangles. These will be your Side Inset Curtain Panels.
- From the fabric you are using for the curtain lining, cut TWO 83" high x 43" wide rectangles.
- From the fabric you are using for the curtain tiebacks, cut TWO 5" high x 18" wide rectangles.
- Cut TWO strips of the header tape, each 51" in length. These will be the backing for the upper grommets, and will also help to give body to the curtains.
At Your Sewing Machine & Ironing Board
Create the individual curtain panels and lining panels
- With right sides together, pin one long edge of one Side Inset Panel to each long edge of the Center Front Curtain Panel. In other words, you pin a inset panel to both outside edges of the middle panel.
- Stitch together, using a ½" seam allowance. Press both seams open.
- Repeat for second curtain panel.
- With right sides together, pin one long edge of one Side Curtain Panel to the remaining long raw edge of each Side Inset Panel. In other words, the order of your panels should be: Side Panel, Inset, Main Panel, Inset, Side Panel.
- Stitch together, using a ½" seam allowance. Press both seams open.
- Repeat for the second curtain panel.
- Create a double-fold hem along the bottom of each of the curtain panels. To do this, fold up and press the bottom edge 3½", then fold up anadditional 4" and press again. Stitch close to the fold to finish the hem.
- Find the two Curtain Lining Panels. Create the same double-fold hem as above: 3½", then fold up an additional 4". Remember, the lining piece will finish shorter than the panel piece.
Assemble curtain and lining
- Lay each Curtain Panel flat on your work surface, right side up. Place a Lining Panel right side down (the hem will be showing) on top of the Curtain Panel. In other words... right sides are together.
- Align the lining and the curtain along ONE side, matching the TOP raw edges, and pin in place.
- Using a ½" seam allowance, stitch from the top of the panel to the bottom. When the seam is completed, the top raw edges should be lined up, and the lining hem should be 3" shorter than the curtain hem.
- Remove from the machine and lay the panels flat again.
- Pull the lining so it aligns with the opposite side of the front panel. This will cause the sewn side to roll towards the back a bit. That's what we want it to do.
- Pin and stitch this side with a ½" seam allowance, again lining up the top raw edges and sewing from top to bottom.
- At the very bottom corner of the panel, fold under the remaining raw edge of the side hem.
- Make a short "L" stitching line, in thread to match your fabric, to secure.
- Remove from the machine and lay it out flat again. Now, in order to lay flat, both sides of the front panel will curve around to the back. Again... that's just what we want it to do. You should have an equal amount of the side curtain panel rolling to the back on each side of the curtain (about 4" of the Feeling Groovy on each side in our example).
- Match the raw edges of the front panel and the lining along the top edge, making sure the center point of the lining matches the center point of the front panel. To find your center point, you can either measure from each side or fold the entire unit in half and mark.
- Once you have the centers lined up, pin the top raw edges together, then sew with a ¼" seam allowance. You DO stitch ALL the way across, including across each folded edge. This will keep the curtain and lining together as one panel during the final steps.
Upper Grommet Panels
- Find the two 15" x 13" Upper Grommet Panels. Fold and press each panel in half lengthwise (so they are now 51" x 6½").
- Open up the panel to reveal the creased fold line. Fold in and press each 13" edge ½". Then, fold in and press one 51" edge ½".
- Measure 1½" from the long FOLDED edge. Place the top edge of one strip of the header tape at this point along the length of the Upper Grommet Panel.
- Edgestitch the header tape in place along both sides.
- Repeat to create the second header panel.
- Pin the long RAW edge of one Upper Grommet Panel to one finished curtain panel, placing right sides together and lining up the top raw edges. The folded ends should align with the seamed sides of the curtain panel.
- Sew together with a ½" seam allowance. Press the seam allowance up towards the grommet panel.
- Fold the Grommet Panel back along its original creased fold line. If you've done all your measuring correctly (and of course you have!), the ½" folded edge will end up just behind the Grommet Panel/Curtain seam and nicely cover the seam allowance.
- Pin this folded edge in place from the FRONT of curtain. Your pins should run just below the seam line, but check the back now and then to match sure you are catching about 1/16"- 1/8" of the folded edge. Pin in place all along the top edge of the curtain. Here's about where your pins should fall on the front.
- To attach, you will be sewing directly along the seam. This is sometimes called a 'stitch-in-the-ditch', and I like to use my Janome Ditch Quilting Foot with its helpful center guide to keep my seams straight. If this is not an option you have access to, the carefully-placed pins you put in help indicate where the stitching line should be.
- Keeping track of your stitch line either with a specialty foot or with the line of pins is important since the folded hem edge will be hidden under the presser foot when you are sewing. Choose your favorite, then sew directly next to the seam, removing pins as you go, all the way across the top edge of the Curtain.
- Here's what our stitching looked like from the front (left) and back (right).
- Pin closed both ends of the Grommet Panel. Edgestitch the ends in place along both sides.
- Now you need to mark the positions for the eight grommets. For the two end grommets, measure 4" in from each end and 3" down from the top creased fold line, and mark both with a dot. This will center each outside grommet directly over the inset strip.
- Space the remaining six grommets 6" apart and 3" down from the top creased fold line, and mark each of these with a dot.
- Line up the grommet template over each marked dot, and trace a circle.
- Following the manufacturer's directions, or our own tutorial on these great grommets, cut out all eight circles and snap all eight grommets in place.
- Repeat to complete the second panel.
- Fold each of the Curtain Tieback pieces in half lengthwise, right sides together, so they are 2½" x 18" length.
- Using a ½" seam allowance, sew along one end, pivot, sew across the bottom, but leave a 2"- 3" opening to turn. Pick up the seam on the other side of the opening, stitch to the corner, pivot and sew up the opposite end.
- Clip both corners and turn tiebacks right side out through the middle opening.
- Turn in the raw edges of the opening so they are flush with the sewn seam.
- Press each tieback flat along seams.
- Edgestitch along all four sides of the tiebacks. This will close the opening.
- Then topstitch through the center of each tieback along the length. Finally, stitch one additional vertical line 2" in from both ends. This creates a 'box' at both ends of each tieback.
- Place a 1" grommet at both ends of each tieback within the 'box,' following the same instructions as above.
Project Concept: Alicia Thommas
Sample Creation and Instructional Outline: Gregory Dickson
Other machines suitable for this project include the Bernina 350PE and the Singer Fashion Mate 7256.