Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Folk Song Nursery Curtain

Folk Song nursery closet curtains

I did it!  I finally buckled down and made the last nursery projects on my baby makes list - a simple patchwork curtain for the nursery closet.  I've never used a curtain on a closet before, but I'm optimistic that this will be a good solution for a tight space.  Plus, it helps the closet double as the toy shelf, as you'll see.  Okay, and it might be an excuse to bring in more cloth.  Just maybe.

Folk Song nursery closet curtains

I had the pleasure of working with Anna Maria Horner's Folk Song collection for this project, with fabrics provided by Free Spirit Fabrics.  The Folk Song collection is a reprint of some of Anna's most popular lines and is due to release this month.  You can preorder it now at Fabricworm or Fat Quarter Shop.

Folk Song nursery closet curtains

Just like my dining room curtains, I wanted large, dramatic cuts of fabric pieced together somewhat randomly.  I cut one row of 20" wide cuts and two rows of 15" wide cuts, arranging them on my floor to keep the colors and patterns balanced.  I did throw in one lilac polka dot fabric not by Anna Maria just for color and for a shot of simpler pattern.

Folk Song nursery closet curtains

All the patchwork is joined with French felled seams.  With French seams, you first sew pieces wrong sides together. Then you sew the same seam right sides together, encasing the raw edges.  To give the back of the curtain a flatter, more finished look, I also "felled" the seams - sewing down the seam allowance flat.  It's really easy sewing, even if it sounds complicated!  Just do a quick search for a real tutorial if you want to try.

Folk Song nursery closet curtains

Once my columns were joined together, the body of the curtain was complete.  I finished the edges with a rolled hem, using this foot that came with my Juki.  A rolled hem uses the very littlest bit of fabric, which was key in my case.  Since I just thrown things together without much planning, I found that my curtain best not get any smaller!

Folk Song nursery closet curtains

The top is finished with tabs for hanging from a spring-loaded shower curtain rod.  We'll need to install a fixed rod though, as I'm afraid this is too easy to pull down.  That said, don't you love it?  I think it's an interesting mix of casual and luxurious.  It may not get better than random patch sizes cut in Anna Maria's glorious prints.

Folk Song nursery closet curtains

Folk Song nursery closet curtains

We had already installed a tie back hook so that I can usually keep the curtain open like so.  I want the option of closing it, but expect to keep it open most of the time.  At least until little baby hands begin taking down all the toys and books, the inside of the closet is about as fun to look at as the curtain itself!

Folk Song nursery closet curtains

Today I'm 36 weeks pregnant and feeling rather ready, emotionally, to get on with things.  Fortunately, I have been doctor-approved for our home birth!  Soon we'll have our last key prenatal with the entire birth team (midwife, midwife assistant, doula) and all who plan to attend (my mother, children, two close friends and Brandon, of course!).  After that we're officially ready to deliver.  Hoping this baby arrives sooner rather than later.  Now that I've finished the nursery, she has no more excuses to delay, haha!


24 comments:

  1. So lovely! I just completed my purchase of this collection before hopping over to your blog. I can't wait for it to arrive! I just love AMH's fabric. I found it in stock at Hawthorne Threads.

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  2. Really lovely. I'm inspired to try this for our patio doors for the summer.

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  3. Sweet! Just another touch of lovely color.

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  4. I know you are anxious! But it is better for baby to get close to full term. There are going to be a lot of people at this birth--you have your own baseball team. Best wishes for a speedy delivery when it comes. And, btw, the curtains are lovely.

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    1. Yes, so true that it is best not to rush baby with any sort of inductions. But, if she is ready to come on her own after 37 weeks, I am very glad to have her! =)

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    2. I agree. Both boys came about 10 days earlier. Perfect for me and no Problems for them. Just Good. Best wishes for the birth
      Sandra

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  5. i still have fat quarters of the original line!! i LOVE this idea!!

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  6. All the best for you :-)
    Liebe Grüße,
    Kathrin

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  7. I love the curtain, it pulls all your colors together, beautiful & fun!

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  8. You have done a great job at creating a sweet space! Best and warmest wishes for a safe and love filled delivery! (So excited to meet Miss Eleni!)

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  9. Oh it is so pretty :-) Not long to go now - thinking of you and praying for a smooth and safe delivery xx

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  10. Beautiful fabric! I love patchwork curtains.

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  11. Your curtain is so beautiful Rachel. It has just the right amount of color, pattern, as well as patchwork. Hope the days go by quickly for you and you'll welcome your little bundle of joy very soon.

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  12. I am loving how much handmade is going into this baby's space. =) Would love to see some broad shots of the whole nursery together, just to see the impact!

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  13. Lovely, and congratulations on being so organized and ready. I hope the final prenatal goes well.

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  14. It reminds me of the first patchwork skirts I made in the '70s! Yes I dared to wear them...
    Well, this curtain is absolutely lovely!

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    1. Oh, I would so wear a patchwork skirt! Someday, I'll make one - maybe with French felled seams =)

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  15. You used a lot of interesting techniques in these curtains. I love the finishing touches. Th add a lot of color and design to the nursery. Good luck in waiting for your baby's arrival.

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  16. Beautiful curtain! Your new daughter is going to have the best nursery.

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  17. Oh sweet synchronicity! I recently took the bi-fold doors off my sewing room/office closet to make more space, fully intending to make patchwork curtains (inspired by your living room ones which I love). This was a few weeks ago, progress stalled by problems finding the right kind of rail (oh and the time to sew the curtains). So THANK YOU for this perfect inspiration. And if you find the right type of rail.... please share! ;p

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  18. Congrats on being so ready! The curtains are lovely, and I'm glad to hear a new technique to explore.

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  19. The nursery looks beautiufl. Wishing you an easy birth.

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  20. Its beautiful! She is going to love all those pretty colors and playing peek-a-boo with it :)

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  21. Wishing you all the best Rachel!!! You've done a beautiful job with her nursery.

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