Use bed linens and wall colors as a guideline for choosing curtain fabrics.

How to Sew Curtains for a Boy's Room

by Erin Maurer

Go a bit over the top when designing a new bedroom for your son. Colorful, imaginative places encourage playful and creative expression. Create a room that grows with your child by keeping the walls fairly simple and changing out the curtains and bed linens as his interests evolve. Mastering a simple curtain panel makes it simple to dress and redress your son's windows through all the stages of his life. Some simple curtains need no sewing skills.

1. Choose a Theme

Themed rooms offer your children a chance to step inside of a fantasy world. Choosing a central theme helps make sure all aspects of the design, from the curtains to the wall color, complement one another. Local and online fabric stores carry any number of themed fabrics, making it easy to choose the perfect pattern for your curtain project. Some suggested themes for a boy's bedroom include comic books, superheroes, pirates, camouflage, dragons and wizards, sports and a beach theme.

2. Go Striped

Striped fabrics lend themselves well to more masculine design, making them a good choice for a boy's room. Striped curtains work well for older children and teens who may have outgrown superhero curtains. Wide, horizontal stripes help add a pop of color to the window, giving them a finished appearance. Chevron patterns and nautical theme prints also are suitable patterns for a boy's room.

3. Strip the Bed

Transform bed sheets into simple, creative curtains for your boy's room. Sheets work well for this project because the material is available in nearly every imaginable pattern, theme and color scheme. To dress windows with floor-to-ceiling curtains, use a full-size sheet. Treat the sheets as you would any other fabric when it comes to constructing and hanging your curtains. For a complete look, coordinate the curtain sheets with your son's bed linens.

4. Curtain Preparations

The key to successfully sewing your own curtains is choosing a good quality fabric. Design Sponge's sewing experts recommend using a durable cotton or cotton-linen blend. Follow their expert rules for determining how much fabric to buy. Measure from the curtain rod to the place where the bottom of the curtain should hit. Add 18 inches to this measurement to allow for hemming and shrinking. Wash the fabric before beginning your curtain construction.

5. Curtain Construction

When it comes to making your curtains, there are several options available. Break out your sewing machine and hem the curtains' edges using a simple, straight stitch. Sewing a pocket into the top edge allows a curtain rod to pass through, making it simple to hang handmade curtains. If you're using a sheet, the wide hem can be opened at the sides for use as a rod pocket, meaning only one hem for length. For an even easier project, hem a flat fabric panel and hang from curtain clips. If the sewing machine seems intimidating, use adhesive hem tape in place of sewing hems. No matter your chosen construction method, keep an iron on hand. Irons work well for keeping the fabric wrinkle free and creating sharp creases during hemming.

6. Creative Hanging

Get creative when hanging your curtains. Match traditional curtain rods to the finishes already used in the room or consider an alternative that matches your room's theme. For an outdoor adventure room, hang curtains from a long, cut branch. In a nautical or pirate themed bedroom, use oars or lengths of thick, sturdy rope in place of curtain rods. In a construction themed bedroom, hang curtains from pipes. For flat panel curtains, curtain clips come in a variety of themes and finishes

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