Monday, September 16, 2013

let the sunshine in

Nursery Progress

Or I guess I should say "keep the sunshine out."  I promise I think this will be the last nursery DIY post that I will overrun you with, and then we will return to our regularly scheduled quilty programming.  But I'm pretty darn proud of myself that I sewed my first set of curtains, black out curtains to be exact AND they ended up just about the same length as one another!!  I had anxiety throughout this entire project that my panels were going to end up wildly off in length but luckily I think they are off by just about a half an inch (don't look too closely!), which I can totally live with.

Nursery Progress

After muttering quite a few curse words while measuring yards and yards of fabric on the kitchen floor and cutting without the safety net of my quilting rulers and fabric that measures a nice 22" when folded and fits nice and perfectly on my cutting mat, you can believe I did the happiest of happy dances after putting in that last grommet and getting these bad boys hung.  I am so so incredibly pleased with how they turned out that I don't even remember those muttered curse words and stress now that its over (that's how childbirth works, right???)

Nursery Progress

I used the Premiere Prints Zippy Chevron in Storm (which I see is now on sale!) and it was the perfect weight for curtains.  Definitely a home dec weight fabric, but not too heavy.  I backed these with Ron-Loc white blackout fabric that I picked up at Joann's and also grabbed two sets of 8 plastic grommets for hanging on the curtain rod.  This was my first time using grommets period, and it was so so incredibly easy.  I spent quite some time looking at different tutorials for lined curtains, and ultimately settled on this tutorial, as it didn't require using my blind hem stitch (I'm a quilter and have no idea what that is!) and was relatively easy to follow along with, definitely recommend it and will use it again if I ever get the urge to sew more curtains.

Nursery Progress

These guys really do a great job and blocking out light, after my husband saw these, he requested a set for our bedroom as well.  Of course I have a few other things on my mind at the present moment, but perhaps after things settle down, I'll tackle a second set.  This might just about do it for nursery projects, we have an electrician coming to install an overhead light for the room, and yes I'm grumbling that none of our bedrooms have overhead lights, and a few more storage type bins to pick up and the nursery should be in  the books!

This weeks goal is to get the hospital bags packed and be ready to go, I cannot believe how quickly time has gone, I feel like we were just telling people about being pregnant and here we are (hopefully) 4 weeks away from D-Day!!

16 comments:

  1. This is one of the cutest nurseries I have ever seen. Love it all! Good luck with the last few weeks.

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  2. Seriously!! That is so stinkin cute...lucky baby!

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  3. Love the nursery. Those blackout curtains are such a great idea. No wonder you husband wants a pair. Congrats on getting the nursery finished.

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  4. Fantastic! You'll be so happy that you made these. We finagled with tin foil and all sorts of things before coming to our senses and just going black out. Love the chevron fabric too!

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  5. They look great! My living room curtains are about 1" off, so I just tuck them behind the radiator when they're closed and no-one notices ;o)

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  6. This nursery looks perfect. I'm sure it just needs one more thing... a little sweet one to call it home.

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  7. You've done an amazing job Jess!

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  8. Your little baby is going to LOVE her new room! I know I do!!! Fabulous job on every detail...big and small. Looks like a decorator put it together, but with a personal touch.

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  9. They turned out amazing! Makes me wanna make new curtains;)

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  10. Looks amazing! And curtains are a giant pain in the arse too! Now will you just please RELAX till she gets here?!
    xoxoxo

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  11. Love the chevron and I love yellow!! Great job!! I share your length anxiety with curtains LOL! (you can't tell)

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  12. Love the chevron and I love yellow!! Great job!! I share your length anxiety with curtains LOL! (you can't tell)

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  13. This is gonna be one lucky baby!! The room looks wonderful, you have been a very busy mommy to be....great job!!!
    I have a question for you if you don't mind I could really use your opinion.....
    I am looking to buy a new sewing machine this weekend and I have found a great deal on the same sewing machine that you own and I wanted to know you thoughts on it. I thank you in advance for any Info you can give me on this machine!
    *Jessica
    juceyj03@gmail.com

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  14. Your curtains look awesome! I just love this whole room :)

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  15. If I had made those curtains, the chevrons would have been tilted! I definitely recommend a dimmer switch on the overhead light! Loved those with my kids.

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