Tuesday, August 14, 2012

{Tutorial} | Bedroom Re-Do: Skylight Curtain

I feel a little silly writing this up as a tutorial because I don't know that it will be useful for anyone. BUT, I've convinced myself that there is someone out there with the same problem I have: An awesome skylight in their attic-turned-bedroom that is great for light, but also lets too much sun in during the day which makes it like an oven. Ok, so I know the light coming in through the window isn't the only thing making it warm up there, but it definitely doesn't help. Anyone?! No? Well, I'm sure this could be applied to any ordinary window as well.

Uploaded from the Photobucket iPhone AppNow you can buy expensive skylight curtains/blinds, but there was no way I was spending $100+ for the custom blinds that fit my skylight. It took me a while, but I finally found the perfect fabric. I'm going to ramble on about the exceptional day I was having when I found it for a second. First I went to buy a couch, then when I had picked out the one I wanted they informed me that I could pick out a free kitchen table set! FREE! So I was pretty excited about that, then I went to the fabric store. Found the perfect fabric and it was supposed to be about $7/yd. Well when I checked out, it was $3/yd! Then I won some CUTE crocheted slippers from Seven Alive! It was totally my day! Anyway, back to the curtain...

All I needed was some fabric, expandable curtain rods (the kind with the little springy things), and some thread. Easy.

To start, I measured my window. Mine was 24x45.5". I cut a piece of fabric that was 26x47.5 to add for the seams and curtain rod sleeves. Starting with the long sides, I folded over about an inch of fabric and pinned it to make a pretty edge (I'm still completely new to sewing, so forgive my "technical" terms). Once it was all pinned, I sewed right up the side. Easy peasy!

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Then, I went to work on the ends where the curtain rod would go. Again, I folded over about an inch of the fabric, but this time being sure my curtain rod would fit.When you sew this time, make sure you sew close to the end of your folded over piece so that the rod fits.
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Then, once all is sewn, slip in the curtain rods and hang it in your window! I can take it down if I want the extra light in there or in the winter when I want it to be warmer. If you want, you can sew additional fabric on the back to make it so that light doesn't come through at all. It's up to you!

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  1. that is such a great idea!

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  2. What a clever way to solve this problem! I am here from Welcome Wednesday and your newest follower. I'd love it if you'd pop over to my blog and return the follow: dosmallthingsiwthlove.blogspot.com.

    Excited to keep reading your blog!
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  3. Great tutorial!! I'm following you from the blog hop! Stop by soon and be sure to enter my giveaway! ;)
    xo sandra

  4. I like that you used plain color. Like for sheers, the same rule applies for skylight curtains: Go for the neutrals. It’s a sensible cover, especially in those times when you feel emotional and just wanna hide from the world. Ha-ha! But seriously, sometimes the sunlight just gets too overwhelming that you need some blockage to limit the entry of light. Nice job! :D

    Galliena Gornet

  5. I have this same problem, but my skylight is more recessed than yours...and over a staircase.

    I wonder if there is a way to do this and still be able to remove it easily, since I don't want to drag out a special ladder every time I want to take the curtain down.

    You have inspired me, and this is a project I will eventually get to!!! Thanks for the idea!!! -Amanda

    1. Amanda,
      I'm not sure of a way to do it without having to grab the ladder. Hmmm... I will think about it and if I come up with any ideas I'll let you know! :)


  6. Ahhh very smart! A friend of mine was asking me how to do this, and now I know.. thanks for sharing! Happy to have discovered your blog today, and happy to be a new follower :)


  7. It’s hard to pick between light and dark colors for curtains. But in this case, I think you got it right, considering the frame and the walls. Nice shade! It can really limit the light entering the room, especially during noon. :)

  8. “I feel a little silly writing this up as a tutorial because I don't know that it will be useful for anyone.” – Aw, don’t be. I think your post will help lots of people, especially the ones who have skylights in their house. And your tutorial sounds terrific. Now, homeowners can have something to control the amount of light that goes inside the house.

  9. Thank you! Great tutorial. I've been looking for a solution for the two skylights in our family room since we moved in 7 months ago. Our skylights heat up our entire first floor, even in the winter! It's great to not have to run the heat but it actually gets too hot in winter! I'll be trying this THIS week! Thank you!


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