DIY Simple Tab Top Blackout Curtains
February 28, 2014 in Projects
Simple tab top blackout curtains! Here we go…
-To find out how much fabric you need, measure the length that you would like and add 6.5″ (for the hem) then, double that amount for 2 panels. Then, add a 1/2 yard for the tabs.
-For Blackout fabric, you’ll need only the length of the curtain x 2 if you are doing 2 panels
To give you an idea on widths:
Here are curtains I made for my son using the full width of my 44″ fabric per panel…
And, here are the purple curtains using 35″ width panels…sorry, I didn’t even them out very well when taking this picture, but, you can see that there is less fullness than the picture above.
1. Cut your blackout fabric at your preferred length minus 2.5″ (as the tabs will drop the curtain down that much) by your desired width. For, the teal curtains above, I used the 44″ width of the fabric off the bolt, for, the purple curtains, I cut them at a 35″ width…I think after making them, I prefer the 44″ width per panel…but, it depends on the size window you are making it for, I suppose).
2. I used the blackout, then, to cut out my curtain fabric. Lay the blackout completely even at the top. You’ll want to cut 1″ bigger on the right and left sides and 6.5″ longer on the bottom.
This shows the 1″ bigger on the right and left sides…I just used my ruler and a marking utensil and then cut.
All cut and ready to pin!
3. We are now going to “wrap” our blackout. Pin the top edges even so that your fabric doesn’t move. Starting with a long side, your going to fold in a half inch and then, another half inch and pin along the entire edge. So, we’re basically rolling that raw edge in on top of the blackout edges and pinning…do the same on the other side. After pinning, you may want to lightly press those edges to make a crease. Take it to your sewing machine and stitch that fold down through all layers (your stitchline should be about or a little less than a 1/2″ in from the outer edge). I like to take my stitch length to a 3.0mm. After you’ve sewn the sides, you may want to go ahead and baste the top edge together to keep the layers from moving.
4. Now, we’re going to hem. Lay your panel out flat again and pin the lower edge of the blackout down to the outer fabric so that it doesn’t move. Then, you’re going to iron the hem up (fabric only…what extends past the blackout) a 1/2″ and then, press it up 3″ again, “wrapping” the hem up onto the blackout. Stitch along the upper edge of the hem.
5. Cut six 6″ by 6″ squares per panel. Fold in half, pretty sides together and stitch with a 1/2″ seam allowance.
6. Turn right side out and press flat with the seam in the middle (this is the underside of the tabs).
7. Fold seams to the inside and pin your outer 2 tabs down as shown.
8. Then, evenly space the other 4. If you are doing a really wide panel, you may need more tabs. Mine were about 4″ apart. Baste these tabs on.
9. Cut a strip of fabric at the same width of your curtain by 3″. Fold and iron the lower edge up a 1/2″. Then, fold and iron the 3″ sides in a 1/2″ on each side.
10. Pin pretty sides together sandwiching the tabs at the top and sew with a 1/2″ seam allowance.
11. Now, flip the strip up and press. Understitch the seam allowance to the strip as shown below.
12. Fold the strip down and press. If your curtain keeps trying to fall off the ironing board, place a few pins in the top band (where it won’t interfere with the ironing).
13. Stitch the strip down, close to the edge along the entire width of the curtain.
14. If any of the seam allowance is showing, clip it at an angle as shown in the next 2 pics.
Hang them up and admire your fine work! 🙂
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