And behind curtain #2 is… daylight savings time!

So, with Daylight Savings Time wreaking its maniacal havoc on my two-year-old’s sleeping habits, heavier curtains were in order.  STAT.

She gets the beautiful evening light in her bedroom, which is only beautiful until you’re trying to get her to sleep.  After which point it becomes HORRIBLE, TERRIBLE LIGHT that should GO AWAY NOW.  It’s so hard to fall asleep with your room ablaze.

Problem is  (and yes, what a lovely problem to have), we have gigantic windows.   93 inches from window to floor, and that’s not including the transom above.  I needed lots of yardage, and cheaply, because I didn’t want to spend my precious fabric money on something as dull as light-blocking curtains.  Not when there’s Anna Maria Horner voile in the world!

Here’s my solution:

It's hard to take good pics of curtains during the day. Also at night. Please note the little rocking chair handmade by my 85-year-old great uncle for Ellery!

I don’t know how I came to the conclusion that a canvas painter’s dropcloth would be the answer, but IT WAS.  I got three 45″x93″ panels from a single large dropcloth (can’t remember the exact dimensions of the thing, but it was maybe $26?), and it was lovely to tear and sew.  But tear it fast and hard, if you go that route.  Tear it with GUSTO.

I spy scraps from a lap quilt, pajama pants, two skirts, a diaper bag, a baby dress...

Then I gussied it up with some scraps, sewn down with 5 curving rows of  stitches, which the little one loves.  She spends literally hours in my various scrap bags and bins. So the curtains have become a giant game of “I-Spy”– “Look, that’s Daddy’s pajama pants!  And my dress!  And Mama’s shirt!  And…”  Which makes them a touch more attractive to her–because she definitely knows what it means when we go to draw the curtains, and she does NOT like that one little bit.

It's embarrassing and unplanned that this matches so well.

I’d actually made the tie-backs ages ago to go with the marigold-colored sheers we’ve used up until now–I’m astonished at how put-together it all looks.  As if I planned it this way or something!  (This is how all my decorating works.  A whole host of random things just come together in the weirdest, most excellent way.)  So, I’m pretty pleased, and Ellery is as well.  What more can one ask?

Well, I suppose I should at least trim the loose threads.  Perhaps.  In a year or so.  Does anyone else get this way?  You get to the very end and can’t even be bothered to trim threads before using/wearing/hanging up?  I’m ridiculous at doing this–it happens every time.  Tell me I’m not alone?

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4 responses to “And behind curtain #2 is… daylight savings time!

  1. i love those curtains!!! i’m planning on making some for my apartment but i don’t want them to a) look store bought (obviously) b) be too boring or c) be too girly or frilly or whatever. great idea!

    • Thanks! It was super-easy and fast to whip up the curtains, other than pressing under those loooong edges. But I’m a kind of a freak in that I sort of enjoy pressing and ironing. I find it to be a somewhat soothing and “Zen” action, and I fully acknowledge that’s odd. Another thing about the curtains is that I feel they’ll transition well from room to room and decor to decor–there’s a million colors in there, so they’re bound to work with almost anything!

      I’d love to see what you make!

  2. Perfect idea! And I love that blue on your walls. I, too, must steal your idea! I’ll give you mad props if I ever get around to doing it. ;)

    • Love your email address! I’m having a great time envisioning how you came up with that one. ;)

      As for the curtains–glad you liked them! It’s very cathartic to deplete your scrap bag, too, if you’re anything like me–that junk just seems to accumulate and accumulate, and somehow all the uses I envisioned when I saved the bits never manifest. But these curtains really put a dent in the stash!

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