I’m completely surprised to tell you this, but my blog was nominated as a finalist for Really Good Stuff’s classroom blog contest in the “Best New Blog” category. (Side note to whoever nominated me: Wow, thanks!) I guess I feel sort of humble, just plugging away over here sharing my ideas with you. I’m nominated with some pretty fabulous bloggers, but if you enjoy reading my blog I’d love a vote. You should check out the other categories while you’re there too. Amazing!
Okay, blushing aside… I’m linking up with Tara over at 4th Grade Frolics again for Monday Made It
where we can link up to share some of the crafty things we’ve made for
our classrooms. Today I’m sharing our new classroom curtains with you. I hang them on our door’s window as well as the actual exterior windows too. They are surprisingly easy, promise!
The size of your curtains will depend on the size of your windows. For our door, I cut my fabric 20×13″. Just remember that you’ll want to cut your fabric slightly wider than needed to make up for the gathers you’ll add to your curtains. How tightly you gather the curtains will depend on how much extra fabric you’ll need to add. Our finished size ends up being 9.5″ across the top.
Next, I do the top and bottom edges. Because I’m going to gather the top, I turn the top over one time instead of two. When using fabric with a pattern like these dots, I try to turn my edges over along the pattern so it will look uniform on the front. The top of my curtains are facing you, so you can see how it’s turned one time.
After sewing the top and bottom, the curtains are now hemmed all the way around. They look like placements at this point. 😉
I think the curtains make our room so much cozier and help tie in our color scheme too.
Now that’s enough about curtains. Click on over to see the other Monday Made It posts and
be sure to check back here for my next one. I’m excited to see yours too!
Those are adorable and bright and cheery!! I love them! I have yucky, plastic, faded, blinds:( I have been thinking about adding some ribbon curtains…..don't know….my one window is pretty big. I would love to add curtains!!! Thanks for linking up:)))
4th Grade Frolics
These are TOO CUTE. I need some curtains desperately but I stink at sewing. My mom is coming over this week and she is great at it….hmmmm. Now I have a plan! LOVE the polka dots!
Congrats on the nomination- it is well deserved!
Mandy's Tips for Teachers
Put your momma to work!
The curtains look great…. and I especially love that classroom library of yours!!
Dirty Hands and Lesson Plans
Thanks, I kind of adore our library. 🙂
I love your detailed pictures! I'll have to do that again next week on my next link up. Congrats on the nomination for Really Good Stuff. I'm on there in the Middle School 4-8 category. I voted for you in your category! Good luck 🙂
Fun in Room 4B
I love the polka dots!! Totally me! I would love to see a picture of your door curtains! What a great idea to use magnets!!!
The Sweet Life of Third Grade – We're having a SWEET giveaway
Super cute and easy to make!
I never thought about adding magnets to the back.. genius! Will be doing it too! Thanks!
Tattling to the Teacher
Very cute! I need curtains in my room, how lucky you can just add a magnetic strip!!
Following Optimism in 2nd Grade
They came out great. I never would have thought of magnets instead of a curtain rod.
Where did you find the polka dot material. I love it!
It's called Puppy Patch Multi Dot from Joann Fabrics.
Congrats on the nomination! I love your blog. The curtains are adorable. Thanks for the how to.
Love them! I miss not having windows anymore :o( I might just have to make some of these cute curtains to put on my classroom door. Congratulations on the Really Good Stuff nomination!
Teaching with a Touch of Twang
The curtain fabric is wonderful!! I also love all the color in your classroom. It looks so fun.
Congrats on the nomination. I went to vote for someone else in a different category. When I looked through the other categories, I saw your nomination and instantly voted for you!! Congrats.
Stickers and Stamps
Thanks for all the love!
Love that pattern so cute!! I am planning on making a skirt for my desk, very similar to this!!
Surfin' Through Second
Cute! Love them!
I LOVE your curtains. I am making curtains this summer for my classroom, they have blinds but look kind of naked. Thanks for sharing.
Love the curtains! I voted for you!
Adventures of a Third Grade Teacher
I LOVE them!! And how smart are YOU?! I had curtains over an AWFUL ugly bookshelf this year and used command hooks – this would have been so much prettier! YAY for that awesome fabric!
Rowdy in Room 300
Hi, Just found your blog through the "Made It Monday" linky party and I am your newest follower! I must tell you that your link for the tutorial on how to make gathers just might save my sanity. I have been wanting to make curtains for my classroom for a few years now and it is on my summer to-do list, but I have been putting it off because of those stupid gathers that I was going to have to make and I knew it was going to be time consuming (I have 7 windows!) but now with that tutorial I should be able to get them done in a snap!! Thank you so so much! This is why I love blogging!
Love your curtains! I found you tonight from Made it Monday. Such a cute blog. Thank you for sharing! Come visit me sometime.
The Caffeinated Classroom
I actually took down the curtains that were in my classroom when I got it. I was thinking that I didn't like curtains, but after seeing yours a big light bulb dinged and I realize I just didn't like the fabric. JoAnn's, here I come!! Thanks for the awesome idea and easy instructions!
Peacocks and Penguins – 4th Grade
I love how your curtains look in your classroom! I might have to think about that for next year. 🙂
Iwish I could sew. Tell me where did you get your crates in your reading center. I have bought the plywood (on sale at Lowes – $4.00 and it will do 8 crates) I am inable to locate the crates. thanks
They are from Walmart. During back to school time they have more colors, but I've found basic colors year round in the school supply/home office sections.
Cute! I love them. I need to have some made ASAP. Going fabric shopping tomorrow. Wish I was as crafty as you!