DIY Blackout Lined Curtains with Colorblock Stripe

I’m excited to share our pretty new nursery curtains today!  I absolutely love how they turned out.  I ordered my fabric online and the pink stripe is, well, pink, and I was going for peach, but they are still super sweet and pretty as can be for our little girl:)  I used some blackout lining I already had from the curtains I previously made for our bedroom to keep the room nice and dark during nap time.  It took me a couple of hours to make and cost around $35 for the two panels.  I am actually going to use some curtain clips to hang them once I get to the store, but we went ahead and put them up so we can look at them in the meantime!

Aren’t they sweet:)  This is sort of a two-for-one tutorial.  I’ll show you how to add blackout lining, as well as how I made the colorblocked stripe.   I ordered two yards of the ikat polka dot fabric from and one yard of the “dusty peach” stripe from Pink Chalk.

The space to the left of the window in the room is narrow so I didn’t want to make them too wide, so we used the 54″ width of the polka dots as the width for my total panels.  So, to keep it simple, I folded the fabric in half, ironed the edge so it was nice and straight, and made my cut.

I decided to make my strip 3/4 of the way down the curtain.  My peach/pink stripe is 18″ {half of the yard} so I measured the height of the gray fabric, found where the 3/4 mark would be, and made that the center line of my stripe color.  I went ahead and cut the gray fabric where the pink would be in between.

I also cut my pink fabric in half to fit the stripe.

Once everything was cut, I sewed the now three pieces of fabric together, starting with attaching the pink stripe to the long section of gray. Lay the right sides together and pin.

Once I had sewed that, I did the same thing with the bottom piece of gray fabric to attach it to the pink stripe.  Then I ironed the seam open so it was nice and crisp.

Then I hemmed the bottom edge by folding the bottom over twice and sewing.

Next, it’s time to add the blackout lining.  You will need to cut it about 1/2″ narrower than your fabric so it sits just inside your panel.  Then fold the fabric over the lining, pin, and sew them all together.  This gives a hemmed edge and attaches the lining all at once.  You don’t need to sew the bottom to the fabric because it will be attached by the sides and top.

You will do this on both sides of the curtain panel.  Then you will finish the top.  This part there are a few options.  You can create a rod pocket {by sewing a loop about the same size as your curtain rod} or simply hem it and attach with clips.  I made a rod pocket, but after going with a different type of rod {which I’ll show you later}, it wouldn’t work so I will be attaching clips.  To sew the rod pocket, create a loop that will fit snuggly on your rod and sew.

I’ll share the final curtains {along with our DIY rod} as soon as I have it all put together.  For now, they are hanging nicely in the room and look will change slightly with the clips {and hang closer to the ground}, but you get the idea;)



You can add blackout lining to any fabric to help darken a room or keep heat in or out.  They are especially nice in a baby’s room for some extra sleep:)

Do you have blackout curtains in your house?  What do you think of the pop of pink?




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  1. Maggie B. says:

    They look great!

  2. Thanks for sharing this tutorial! I need to do this to mine! Visiting from Tatertots and Jello link up

  3. These look great! I love blackout curtains. I’ve made them too and they are quite difficult. I’m a new follower to your blog!

  4. Angela Jones says:

    Love the pop of pink; very clever and so cute for sweet baby girl Hyde! Your nursery is really coming together!!

  5. Those look great! I just inherited my grandmother’s sewing machine and blackout drapes for my baby’s room are the first project on my to-do list!

  6. Love them… so adorable ;) you did an awesome job.

  7. Love ur blackout curtains. I have a silly question, Is there special “blackout” material you used for the back? I tried typing it in to and didn’t really come up with anything g just plain and white like yours. Thanks in advance’

    • Yes, it is blackout fabric. I bought mine at Joann’s-they sell it on a big roll near the home decor fabric. It’s much heavier than regular fabric!

  8. I love this tutorial! And the Grey and pink color pallet you went with! Moving into a new place with lots of windows, needed to find an inexpensive way to curtain 10 windows, with room darkening in the bedroom.
    Can’t wait to see these projects come to life!


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