DIY Hidden Tab Curtains with Blackout Fabric

DIY Hidden tab blackout curtain Last year when I was pregnant with Josslyn I decided that her room needed curtains.  After much thought I decided she needed blackout hidden tab curtains.  Her room faces the South West and gets almost full all day sun.  To say it can get warm in there is an understatement.  Plus I figured it was going to be hard to get a child to sleep in the summer when it’s daylight till nearly 9:30 at night.  I’m pretty sure blackout curtains are going to be a must!

After meeting the wonderful ladies of Online Fabric at Haven last summer I knew that would be a great place to start looking for fabric, especially after browsing through the samples they had brought with them.  I must have spent at least 10 hours searching through all of the beautiful choices till I finally narrowed it down to my favorite 6 fabrics. Fabric CollageI sent Matt this collage with links to each fabric.  Surprisingly he chose my favorite one!  I think that marks the quickest we have ever agreed on anything ever, I’m pretty sure the Earth stopped spinning for just a minute!  We both agreed on Mirage Medallion Capri  I placed the order for 6 yards of fabric and 6 yards of blackout fabric.

Mirage Medallion Capri Fortunately the fabric arrived in a timely manner, but so did Josslyn.  My dreams of having the curtains ready by the time our little one arrived were quickly thrown to the way side.  It took me a few months to finally get around to making the curtains.

I had planned on having the curtains done sometime in October not long after my fabric arrived.  I was so proud when I started them back at the end of December that I actually posted it on Instagram to commemorate the momentous occasion!   DIY Village Instagram I was lucky enough to catch a break with Josslyn taking a couple long naps a few days in a row and I was able to bust them out.  The fabric s beautiful and so so soft to the touch!  beforeThis is what the room looked like before … well before we even moved in!

Hidden tab black out lined curtains, perfect for a nursery. And here it is now!  I was lucky enough to be able to have the Lined Hidden-Tab Curtain tutorial by Kelly at View Along The Way.  Her tutorial lays everything out for you, it’s super easy to follow.  Before you know it you will have beautiful curtains! Hidden tab black out lined curtains, perfect for a nursery. I am so glad I went with lined curtains this room is obviously so bright the darkness is much needed for nap time. Hidden tab black out lined curtains, perfect for a nursery. They even have Fenway’s seal of approval!  The curtains are heavy and hang beautifully!   Hidden tab black out lined curtains, perfect for a nursery. I have great news for all of you!  Online Fabric Store has agreed to let me giveaway a $50 credit to their online store!Online Fabric StoreDid you catch that $50 dollars!  I don’t know about you but I can make $ 50 go a long way at a store like this!

Entering is super easy!  

Head over to Online Fabric Store find your favorite fabric and come back and tell me (comment) which one it is and what you would use it for!

They also have some great SALES going on right now including free burlap and flower seeds with every order AND if you spend $75.00 you get a free $15.00 gift card.

Good luck!  This contest will run from 12:00 a.m. March 18, 2014 – 11:59 p.m March 31, 2014

We have a winner!  Thanks to the lucky winner of this contest is the Melissa!


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  1. Kelly says

    Waverly Coral Cascade Sun N Shade Navy Fabric. I’ve got some nursery curtains to work on too and this would be perfect! Thanks for the post!!

  2. Maria M says

    The Waverly Mist may be a good drapery fabric for my grandson’s room in my house. I’m giving him a big boy bedroom right now!

  3. says

    I love something like the Santa Maria Gem fabric! I’m looking for fabric for living room curtains, and would of course need to consult my co-designer (aka my husband), but a colorful bold print like this is pretty!

  4. Toni says

    Richloom Outdoor Wildwood Opal – I need to recover my 6 big patio chair cushions. Just what I would like to use. :-)

  5. Amber says

    I am in love with those curtains! My fav is premier prints anchor navy slub, I’d use this fabric to make curtains for my son’s nautical room :)

  6. says

    Oh my, how can you chose one favorite, there are so many! I need so much fabric, we are renovating our basement and need fabric for curtains and pillows, our daughter is getting a big girl room makeover and needs a window bench cushion, pillows and curtain fabric and our breakfast room/kitchen is getting a mini makeover of a new valance, bench and pillows. I love the fabric you picked (and that fabric on your ottoman puff) That drapery fabric would look awesome in my basement! I really like the
    Waverly Pom Pom Play Spa Fabric for my kitchen/breakfast room!

    This gift card would really come in handy!

  7. Megan says

    I like the Waverly Circular Motion Sterling, looking for material to make new curtains for our living room.

  8. Jamie says

    The curtains you made are amazing. The Online Fabric Store has so many awesome fabrics! For my living room makeover I would like to use Pindler & Pindler Charity Chablis.

  9. Jamie says

    I honestly really need just some plain blackout fabric right now to add to the curtains I already have! But I would feel so lucky to win! I just moved into my first “big girl” apartment and I could use all the help I can get :) Thanks for the FAB giveaway!

  10. says

    I love these curtains. My favorite is the HGTV Urban Blossoms Glacier. I have blank dining room windows that this would be perfect with especially since I am getting ready to paint it gray.

  11. Crystal says

    I really love Premier Prints Carnival Village Blue Natural! I am wanting to redo the decor in my bedroom and this fabric would work perfectly for curtains!

  12. Rebecca says

    I actually really want the fabric you used to make curtains, I just absolutely love them! They’d be perfect in my guest room!

  13. Lee says

    I love your curtains.
    My fabric choice is Braemore Wonderland Pearl Fabric and I think it would make wonderful drapes for my dining and living rooms. It had all the colors I use in decorating.

  14. Jacqueline B. says

    Premier Prints Zig Zag Blue Twill Fabric.
    I just had a baby boy and I still need to make him curtains for his room. I stumbled on this post from pinterest and I’m very happy I read through it cause I’ve been looking for a new place to buy fabric other than Joannes 😛

  15. Lauren H says

    I LOVE the Premier Prints Anchors Premier Navy Slub fabric!! I’ve been searching and searching and searching for a fabric I like (and isn’t ridiculously expensive) to make curtains for my bedroom. As of right now, I only have blinds on my windows, and desperately need some curtains! I just can’t bring myself to pay $20 per panel for a boring plain color, so I figured I’d make my own! I’d love to win this giveaway!

  16. Ashley says

    I love Covington Bouees Marine Fabric I would use it to make curtains for a reading nook in my boys room.

  17. Nora says

    I really want the mirage medallion fabric for my dining room chairs. I found it at a local fabric store but then I came across your post and may use it for curtains instead…great minds think alike!

  18. says

    I would have to say the Dena Designs Mirage Medallion Capri Fabric that you used. I love it! I am going to use it for curtains in my new girlie office :)

  19. Ashley H says

    Love Love Love the Waverly Lovely Lattice Lapis Fabric! I am also in need of some blackout drapes so this would be perfect!

  20. Kelsey G. says

    You have inspired me to start making curtains for our house! We just moved in and though there’s curtains here left from a previous owner, let’s just say that they’re a little… dated… and definitely not our style. I’m loving Premier Prints Blooms Chili Pepper Slub Fabric for our living room!

  21. Nan Cz says

    I would love the Cala Heather. My kids share a room; this fabric brings together their favorite colors- green and purple.

  22. Bethany says

    i just love the ralph lauren little crow moccasin fabric! i have some really old school dining room chairs that were left behind in the house my husband and i bought and this would be perrrfect, i’ve been wanting to paint and reupholster them!

  23. Joyce says

    I love the chevron prints in the Moda quilting fabric. I want to make a quilt for my daughter and this would be so cute for her first apartment.

  24. Lisa says

    I would love to have their Red Nylon Spandex and build my son a sensory swing out of it. They have such a wonderful array of fabrics to choose from.

  25. Katherine Donovan says

    I love the Richloom Ampersand Cobalt. I would make pillows for my bedroom set. The pattern would accent my bedspread perfectly!

  26. Laura says

    So many gorgeous fabrics!!
    I really would love to get some Silver Sequin Embroidered Organza Fabric, and some others for making a skirt.

  27. Kelly says

    Suburban cerva pumpkin, I think it was called! Awesome reds and oranges…a bit of craziness to add to my conservative kitchen!

  28. Brittany Miller says

    I love the Waverly Sunburst Sun N Shade Canary. It looks like the perfect yellow to make curtain for my bedroom!

  29. Laurie says

    I love the Covington Wilmington Multi for curtains in my family room/breakfast room combo. Lots of great choices, hard to pick one!

  30. Kay says

    Believe it or not, the Dena Designs Mirage Medallion Capri Fabric that you used on the curtains is the EXACT fabric my daughter wants me to use to reupholster her dining room chairs. I would use the money to purchase that same fabric! What a coinkidink!

  31. says

    I love that they carry Chalkcloth Craft Fabric which I’d use to make some pillows and placemats with. Thanks for the sweet giveaway!

  32. Cheapdiva326 says

    I just ordered Richmond Django in turquoise the other day to make shams for our new bedroom. Love this shop!

  33. Eileen says

    Last week I just finished pillows for the couches in my Family Room and used two of your favorite fabrics … Dena Designs Mirage Medallion Capri Fabric and the chevron print, Dena Designs Chevron Charade Capri Fabric. I coordinated it with some of the other Dena Designs as well. I love the colors they truly brighten up the room. Great Choice!

  34. Susan M. says

    My summer project is updating the guest room – the Waverly Bedazzle Silver Lining Fabric would fit right in with the new color scheme. Thanks for the opportunity!

  35. Risa says

    I actually have the same problem you did! My little girls’ room faces west and gets so warm in the afternoon I would LOVE to use P. Kaufmann Sugar Baby Splash to make some blackout curtains!

    Do the curtains really keep the light out pretty well?

    • says

      The black out is amazing! Matt was in the nursery yesterday with the baby. He said he had the curtains pulled so that they could use the Tranquil Turtle, he texted me to let me know that black was the way to go for sure!

  36. Rebecca E. says

    I really like P. Kauffman Ophelia blossom.
    It isn’t exactly what I am normally drawn to but it would be a beautiful addition to the colors and items I already have in my home.

  37. Mery Petrus says

    I love the P Kaufmann Retreat Blue Citrine fabric. It would be great for curtain panels in my family room.

  38. Meg Moen says

    I love the Premier Prints Chipper Village Blue/Natural Fabric. I would love to make pillows with this fabric!!! I am trying to incorporate more blue colors into my home and this would be perfect! :)

  39. Kay Marryshow says

    The light gray burlap which I will stencil a damask pattern on for bedroom drapes and a roman shade.

  40. Helen Boltin says

    I love the curtains and the nursery looks beautiful. I’d like to suggest that you hang a bamboo shade behind the curtains. The wood texture would look awesome and it would insulate against the strong sun even more wile warming up the palette in a better way than the sun does.

  41. says

    So glad I found your post! I’m considering curtains in this fabric and wanted to see if anyone had made some. Lucky me :) They look beautiful.

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