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Master Bedroom Curtain Reveal

My mom learned a valuable lesson this year: you should never ask me what I want for my birthday. Because when I smile and say “Nothing! But I sure would love it if you’d just help me sew some simple curtain panels for my bedroom real quick…”

That means you will be hunkered down over a sewing machine with me for WEEKS. While together we figure out how to make “simple” black-out lined back-tab curtain panels.

You thought you were getting off easy, didn’t you, mom? NOT SO FAST.

As a reminder, here’s the crap-tastic imperfect mood board I made when I last mentioned our master bedroom, which was all the way back in September. Score one for Kelly on timely follow-through!

Here’s our master bedroom before the curtains:

That’s the bed that we made ourselves – see the tutorial here.

Nothing in our bedroom is really internet-ready yet…

But now we have CURTAINS!
Bedroom Navy Damask CurtainsBedroom Navy Damask Curtains, drapery panels

The bed is our huge DIY project (tutorial here). The fabric is Premier Prints Avery in Deep Blue.
premier prints avery deep blue curtains
Each panel is black-out lined and hung with back tabs:
Back-Tab DIY curtain panels, drapery, how to sew, tutorial
This is the first time I’ve ever made curtains, or sewn a Real Thing That Could Be Store-Bought. I finished these MONTHS before I made the curtains in the nursery…

…but I forgot to blog about them. Because I’m an a-plus blogger. With lots of secret projects and cool things going on behind the scenes.*

*By “lots of secret projects,” I mean, “no secret projects.”

In the next post, I’ll show you the full tutorial for how I made these and the nursery curtains.

UPDATE: See the tutorial here!

You guys know I sew about as well as I yodel (I’ve never yodeled, so I might be making premature assumptions here), so I’d like to go ahead and brag in advance that these curtains DO feature STRAIGHT seams (in most places) and fancy sewing tricks like CUTTING the fabric, and then sewing it together. With a machine. It’s pretty complex.*

*It’s not complex at all.

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  1. Oooohhh! Aaaaahhh! Well done Kelly (and mom) – they look awesome (as usual). I usually get ‘the rage’ when working with long pieces of fabric so I will definitely be sticking around to hear about how you guys pulled this off! I need all the help I can get!

    • I can’t say the tutorial will help with “the rage.” I’m only saying that because I get it too. 🙂

  2. Wow! The curtains make a huge difference … like you’ve graduated from college dorm to grown up room! It’s a miracle any miracles were created in the before …


    Sitting on the edge of my seat in anticipation of the commplex tutorial …


  3. These are gorgeous! You always make me laugh Kelly! Can’t wait to see the tutorial, because I could use some new curtains in my master bedroom!

  4. they look awesome! i love that color in them!

  5. They look beauty-ful!!! Glad to know I’m not the only A+ blogger out there…with top secret projects. 😉

  6. Man. I’m totally hiring you to do my next set of curtains!

  7. They look great!

  8. Gorgeous!!! It makes such a huge difference and looks so fantastic! Great job!

  9. They look great. The bedroom already looks so much more cozier.

  10. Amazing! What a huge impact those curtains have in the room! I love the fabric.

    Can i ask why those nightstands are temporary? I think they are very cool. I like chunky furniture though.

    • Thanks! The nightstands aren’t really functional anymore. You can’t tell in the pics, but the mirrored one is actually broken and the drawers are almost impossible to open. It broke when we moved here but we decided to hang onto it until we can find a new one. The black one isn’t bad, but I’m hoping to find some warm wood ones and move that one to the guest room.

  11. GORGEOUS! Oooh. those curtains are fabulous, great fabric choice! Looking forward to seeing this room come to life! More importantly, looking forward to seeing you next week! 🙂

  12. Very impressed that you (and your mother) can sew at all. I’m not even trying to go there. Which means I have procrastinated *buying* curtains for my bedroom for a year!


  13. WOW!! It looks amazing!! I want to know how you made your mood board that actually looks like your room, so can you do a tutorial on that? 🙂 Seriously, you and your mom rock.

  14. Those curtains are gorgeous! Can’t wait to read your tutorial! 🙂

  15. These are GORGEOUS! WOW! You guys did an amazing job 🙂

  16. What an impact those curtains make in your room!! Well done!

    I know that my mom should look out when I ask her for a favor too! She has spent many hours “helping” me with a project. We are blessed to have mom’s with such know how!

    Fabulous addition to your room!!

  17. Love them! What an impact. Can’t wait to read the tutorial.

  18. They look amazing!!! I can’t sew a single stitch so I’ll have to live vicariously thru your curtains!

  19. They look so good! I’m loving the coral and navy. Rick won’t hear of coral. He says it’s “pink.” Boys.

  20. Gorgeous! I can’t even thread a needle, much less SEW. And I am seriously envious of your huge master bedroom – wow!

  21. Whoa, back tabs? That’s like a for real grown up sewing project. I’m impressed. Quite. Btw, I LOVE your bolster pillow. I’m searching for the perfect one for my (also sadly neglected) master bedroom. I actually tried to convince myself that that very fabric wouldn’t clash with patterned orange bedding, but I’m afraid the strong red/pink note just wouldn’t work. It’s so hard to tell online though, so please please feel free to set me straight if you think it would play nice with orange/navy.

  22. They look fantastic, Kelly! Your bedroom looks so different with curtains hung….you must be loving the black-out feature when you get the opportunity to sleep! Beautiful and your mom rocks!

  23. A++ my dear! They are GORGEOUS! I’m a no-sew girl, so I’ll be curious to see how easy these really are ( you know sewers always SAY things are easy!)… love!
    xo Heidi

  24. Wow, those make all the difference in the world! UGH I really need to get some up in my living room!

  25. That fabric is amazing! I love the graphic image with those long panels. You go girl! Or should I say that to your mom 🙂

    Have a blessed and wonderful day!

  26. Oh la-la…. Fancy curtains! Love the color and pattern!

  27. Those curtains are stun-ning!!! They absolutely make the room, which btw is a giant bedroom. Way to go Mom!!

  28. It’s already looking fantastic – love the drapes, can’t wait to see it finished!

  29. What size bed is that?

  30. Beautiful! What is the paint color? Looks like a soft gray, exactly like what I am looking for!

  31. I made these same curtains and put them in my dining room…pretty traditional with a twist and some robins egg blue. I did pinch pleat. I also made some with a rod pocket for my BFFs DR…with pops of gold and coral. A completely different DR but they look so great in both!! I lvoe them in your bedroom too!!

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