I am so proud to announce that Gavin’s curtains and bed skirt is complete. Woohoo! With all of my numerous sewing projects for the nursery it has taken me forever to complete stuff. I officially have the swaddling blankets, burp cloths, a warm blanket, crib sheets, curtains, crib skirts and towels all done. Ahhhh that’s a lot of stuff. I am so thankful to Pinterest for directing me to some great tutorials since I am no expert sewer and was pretty much just flying by the seat of my pants most days. I have yet to sew anything that is completely 100% perfect but my idea was to have a very personal touch for this nursery and I know the last thing a baby is worried about is if all the stitching is completely straight and perfect. I also had the pleasure of using my mother n laws sewing machine for all of these projects. Since she passed away and will never be able to meet her other grandson I felt very blessed to be able to feel like she had a big part in the nursery. She used to make stuff for my other boys so it felt like coming full circle.
Anyways, I digress.
So I purchased both of these fabrics at denverfabrics.com.
They are considered upholstery/outdoor fabrics and are heavy and thick. I wanted some curtains that would hold up well and block out a good portion of light so I went with a more heavy duty type of fabric. Plus, outdoor fabrics are easy to wash which makes them kid proof. I loved both of these patterns and thought they would look perfect for the nursery. I am not a huge fan of buying fabric online since I really like to touch and feel the texture but these patterns were just too cute to pass up and I was exhausted with running to and from all the fabric stores here in town. These were both $8.95 per yard and for the curtains I used 5 yards and 2 yards for the crib skirt. It was about $45 for the curtains which is pretty much equal to what you would pay for high quality blackout curtains in a store. So while I didn’t save a significant amount of money I did get the exact pattern and look I was going for so it was worth it. The crib skirt had about 3/4 to 1 yard left over (which will be great for pillows) so for a standard crib you could likely get away with just 1 – 1/2 yards to save money. I got free shipping with my order since it was over $50 and it arrived in about 12 days. So if there is anything you are crunched for time on order fabrics early so you’re not rushed with your project. It seems like 7-14 days is pretty standard time for most online fabric stores to process, cut and ship the orders.
For the curtains I found this tab curtain tutorial on Pinterest here.
It was super easy to follow and honestly after you read it once you don’t really need to go back and follow. Those are my kind of tutorials. These could also be made without the tabs and just be standard fold over curtains but I liked the look and wanted an easier opening method. The drapery fabric is a little thick once you start putting on the tabs but if you go a little slower it won’t damage your machine or needle and will turn out perfectly. You will also find a lot of other great sewing tutorials on her website if your ever needing a good resource.
For the crib skirt I had a few options and decided to go with this tutorial found here.
This a no sew option which uses stitch witchery in place of a sewing machine. Honestly, if I was to do it again I would probably just sew this since it would have taken me less time but either way works really well and it comes out looking the same. I also liked how the crib skirt is adjustable since the box springs are adjusted quite a bit with a growing baby. Standard crib skirts don’t have this option and can go through quite a few awkward looking phases as the springs are moved into new positions. Plus, once little man is out of his crib all of this material will definitely be reusable for some other project in his room or for something else around the house. Score!! (I am having trouble uploading a picture….so will add one at a later date)
As with any sewing project an iron will become your best friend and when working with this type of fabric I highly suggest using it and not skipping that step as we often like to do. It really makes the heavier fabrics easier to deal with and allows for accurate measurements and straight lines. Plus, when everything is shipped it gets a lot of creasing and wrinkles so it has to be ironed anyways.
I’m loving the way these two projects turned out and was really surprised how easy both were. Of course we all love to shop and buy things but when you can truly customize something to exactly how you want it for the same or less price…..it’s completely worth a little extra work. Oh and the curtains took me about 2 – 2 1/2 hours to complete but I did work on it two different nights so I probably could have done it quicker in just one setting. The crib skirt took about 1 1/2 hours and again would have taken me half that if I had just sewn it.