I've been busy grandma sewing lately! I made back-tab curtains for my grandson's bedroom, using information from this tutorial as well as tips from my sister, an interior designer. I lined the curtains with white, room-darkening fabric because I wanted to be able to make the room as dark as possible. No need for the sun to wake up my grandson any earlier than necessary!
My daughter-in-law found a curtain style she liked online. I had my sister look at them. She told me they were back-tab curtains. I have made many curtains but never back-tab ones. It turns out they are much easier to make than pinch-pleat draperies! Next time, I will add drapery weights to the bottom corners to help them hang straighter and prevent flaring.
I also made a grocery-cart cover for my grandson. Hopefully this will protect him from germs found on the carts handled by so many people! It also works as a high chair cover at restaurants. Again, I searched the internet for on-line tutorials and ended up using a combination of this one and this one.
I made mine 44" x 44", rounding off the corners, using a regular dinner plate as a pattern to create the rounded corners. To finish the leg openings, I pressed the edges of each leg opening to the wrong side on both layers, pinned, and then topstitched all the way around. I made the leg openings 6" round and would make them 5" round next time.
Just above the leg openings, I put a lined pocket. I started with a lined piece 5" deep by 12" wide and stitched down the center, so I ended up with two pockets 6" wide x 5" deep. (Do you recognize the curtain fabric?) These can hold toys, little containers of food, etc. I made two 3" buttonholes in the back of the cover so that a belt can be slipped through to secure my grandson in the cart.
My daughter-in-law chose two fabrics from Hawthorne Threads. The blue fabric is home dec fabric, so is 54" wide. The green fabric was quilt-weight fabric and 42" wide. I bought 1-1/4 yards of each fabric. I inserted a strip of the blue fabric into the green fabric not exactly down the center, but closer to the back before I cut out the back. I needed to do this to be able to make a 44" square. Some tutorials called for adding batting between the fabric layers. I decided not to and am happy with that decision.
I had 5/8" elastic so used that in a casing around the outside. When it's all done, it looks like a giant shower cap!
My daughter-in-law says my grandson is a great shopping partner!
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