project nursery: a no-sew closet curtain

2nd July 2013

You may have noticed in the last nursery post, a glimpse at the new closet door we have in there. Well, a closet curtain actually. We started out with a door on the closet, but quickly realized that to maximize the space in there and get a nice long dresser along the far wall, we were going to have to lose the door (there wasn’t enough room for it to swing in and out). I have always liked the look of closet curtains, and they are pretty great for closets you have to access a lot.

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So while my handy hubs took the door off, I got to work on putting together a curtain panel. This Amy Butler fabric (called ‘Love Water Bouquet’) had been on my original moodboard, and when I received it from Fabric.com, I knew it was the right choice. It has a nice dose of minty green, with a little pink thrown in. And the florals are just so pretty. Amy Butler always knows how to do sweet fabric, in my opinion.

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Making a no-sew curtain panel is super easy.

First you want to cut the fabric to size after it has been pre-washed. Cutting is totally a personal preference thing – I like the curtain to graze the floor, but not puddle much. I wanted there to be a nice amount of pleating in the fabric when it was closed, so I cut it at double the width of the closet. Be sure to leave a few inches extra on all four sides for hemming.

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Now for the hemming part.

Step 1: One side at a time, fold and iron down the hem (usually about an inch thick).

Step 2: Put the heat ‘n bond hemming tape in place, along the underside of the hem. You can grab hemming tape at just about any crafts/sewing store. I like to use the heavy duty stuff just to make sure it really holds up.

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Step 3: Fold the hem over the tape and iron over the whole thing. You want to really give it a good ironing so that the tape has fused well with the fabric. It can be a bit slow-going, so it’s good to do this in front of a TV show or something. My personal recommendation is Bachelorette. Ha! On that note, was anyone else was a little bummed that Juan Pablo didn’t get a rose last night?

Back to the curtain. Once you have done all four sides, you’re finished! Time to hang up the curtain.

We installed a piece of dowel (it was unfinished wood that I sprayed white) on the inside edges of the door frame with some brackets – all from the Home Depot. I wanted to use the clip-on curtain rings for a few reasons – one is that they slide super easily, so it’s great for a curtain you need to open and close often, and secondly, I felt like they are a bit safer for the babe. If she pulls on the curtain, the curtain will just come out of the clips instead of the whole bar crashing down.

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I’m definitely pleased with how it turned out. I like the injection of colour and pattern into the room, and it really functions well. Although I love all of the sweet clothes and other baby things in the closet, it’s nice to get it all hidden!

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DSC_0299So we can check that one off the list. Holla! Time for a gallery wall, shelves, and mobile. Watch out nursery – you’re gettin’ finished.

Happy Canada Day, guys! Did you have a good long weekend? Hope so!  Done any no-sew curtains lately? Seriously, it’s way less scary than breaking out the sewing machine (well, for the non-sewers in the house!)? 

  • jackie

    this looks so great – love the fabric that you chose. and i also love using that no-sew tape too – so easy!
    – jackie @ http://www.jadeoak.com

  • Kenz @ Interiors By Kenz

    Such pretty fabric!

  • Anne@DesignDreams

    Love the colours in that fabric!

  • Inspire Me Heather

    That fabric is gorgeous, the colours in it are just beautiful and it looks great as a curtain!

  • Dani @ lifeovereasy

    It looks so fresh – great project! I especially LOVE that it is no-sew!

    • gemma

      You and me both, Dani! :)

      xo,
      gem

  • Heather, Mmm… is for Mommy

    Nice! Our closet doors are such a PITA I might just do this in our bedrooms. I love the clip on rings.

  • Jessica watson

    Cool stuff. wish i could try this one day.
    Grab the new arrivals of curtain fabric at http://www.curtainsandfabx.co.uk

  • Kristin

    Could you post a link to the dowel brackets you used? I can’t find them anywhere.

    • gemma

      I can’t find a direct link, but they are from Home Depot and are regular brackets you would use for a closet rod (not specific to the dowel size we purchased). Ask an employee at the store – they’ll definitely know what direction to point you in! They are usually stored in the same section as hooks, brackets for kitchens, doorknobs, etc. Good luck!

      xo,
      gem

  • http://www.curtainshop.com Rachel

    I love this fabric! Such a cute idea for a curtain