Three of my granddaughter’s favorite things are rainbows, hearts and flowers. She loves them so much that she wanted to name her little sister Rainbow Heart Flower. Unfortunately for her, Mom and Dad had another name picked out. She didn’t get to pick her little sister’s name but she does get to pick how she decorates her room and she chose rainbow curtains!
I decided to make a lined curtain for her window. I had made one for her when she was a baby but that was 5 years and one apartment ago so she needed something new. I let her pick out the material, bought room darkening liner and got ready to sew. I didn’t have a pattern but it’s just a flat panel curtain with no pleats so wouldn’t be too hard to make.
I measured the window and added 12 inches to the length. The width of the fabric was perfect for the window. I didn’t need to cut it down or add to it. I wanted a fairly large hem at the bottom so I folded the end 6 inches up and ironed a crease. I then unfolded the fabric and folded the end up to the crease, ironed it and sewed the hem. I did the same for the liner fabric but I cut the liner fabric about 4 inches shorter at the top. I wanted to create a rod pocket with just the fabric because I thought it would be too bulky with the liner fabric.
The bottom hem of the curtain
Once I had the bottoms hems sewn, I pinned the fabric right side together and sewed the sides together. Some blogs I read said they sewed the bottom together as well but I liked the look of having it open. After it was sewn, I turned the fabric so the right sides were facing out and ironed the sides flat. I did cut the liner fabric down a bit along the sides before turning it so the sides would lay flatter and be less bulky.
Right sides together, sides pinned and ready to sew
For the top of the curtain, I folded the edge down an inch and sewed that to help keep the fabric from fraying.
Top of the curtain.
Finally I sewed the top down so it lapped over the liner and sewed it down. This create a pocket of just fabric but was also attached to the liner, giving it a little more strength.
Top edge folded over the liner, waiting to be sewed. There is about a 2″ pocket for the rod.
The last step was taking it over to my daughter’s and hanging it in my granddaughter’s room. Some light does show around the edges and from what I’ve read, that will happen unless you use room darkening blinds but it does keep a lot of the light out.
I hung the curtain while she was at Vacation Bible School so when she got home, she was surprised! She loves the curtain and her room is on the way to becoming the bedroom of her dreams!