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If you haven’t done a whole lot of sewing, you should sew curtains. It’s one of the easiest home décor projects, and it’s a great way to use up some extra fabric you’ve got lying around!

I whipped up a cute café style curtain for our bathroom recently, and was pretty amazed at how fast and easy the project came together.

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How to Sew Curtains:

  1. Install your curtain rod at the height you’d like per manufacturer’s instructions.
  2. Draw a rectangle on your scrap paper to represent your window. This’ll be your rough road map to curtain cuteness. Measure your actual window, and write the dimensions on each side of the window sketch.
  3. Next, figure out how full you’d like your curtain to be. If you want something straight up and down, don’t add any extra to the width measurement yet. I added 3” to my width at this point so my café curtain would have just a little bit of oomph to it.
  4. Now you’ll need to add 1/2 “ to each side of the fabric for finishing the edges. At this point, you should have a new width that’s the width of window + fullness if desired + 1” total for finishing.
  5. Next, figure out how long you’d like your curtain to be.  Measure from the bottom of your curtain rod to where the curtain will end.
  6. Add 2” to the top of that measurement for the loop the curtain rod will go through, and add 2” to the bottom of that measurement for finishing the bottom edge. Write that number down on your sketch.
  7. Notice how we haven’t even touched the sewing machine yet? Measure twice and cut once, my friend. Now go back and double check all of your measurements and make sure they’re correct!
  8. Cut your fabric to size. Iron it. If you think you might get confused which way is up, pick a spot that’s inconspicuous on the wrong side of the fabric, and mark it with a pen where the top is.
  9. Fold over the left and right edges ¼”, and fold them over again ¼”. Pin em in place. Press with an iron to get a nice crisp edge, and sew shut all the way from the top to bottom.
  10. Next, fold over the top 1/2”, and again 1.5”. Pin in place. Before pressing, double check that your curtain rod will pass through the large tunnel of fabric you’re creating at the top of the curtain. If it fits, you’re good to go. Press the folds, and sew along the fold that’s furthest away from the top of the curtain. (You want to make sure you’re not sewing that tunnel of fabric shut!)
  11. Now hang your almost-finished curtain on the curtain rod in the window. It looks great! Except for that raw edge along the bottom. While it’s hanging, fold up the fabric ½”, and again another ½”. Pin it in place. Make sure that length looks good – do you want to trim it and make it a little shorter? Now’s the time. When you’ve got the length looking good, remove the curtain from the curtain rod, and press the folds on the bottom. Sew along the fold furthest away from the bottom, and then again ¼” below that seam. That little double stitch just looks cool – you can omit it if you’re looking to save a few minutes.
  12. Hang your curtains and pat yourself on the back for a job well done.
  13. Sew curtains for the rest of your house!

Tutorial: Sew Curtains Fast and Easy

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My 2 year old son is going through a little bit of a rhapsody in blue phase these days.

Or should I say, a rhapsody in Blue’s Clues phase.

About 2 weeks ago, Phil was totally puking sick for days. (You can read more about that adventure over on my blog, but trust me when I tell you it ain’t for the faint of heart.) The upside to any time the little boy is sick? He gets to watch way more TV than normal.

I’m not sure what it was about that particular Friday we spent cuddled up together on the couch, but the only thing we watched all day was episode after episode of Blue’s Clues. The one where it was a birthday. The one where they heard sounds. The one about Blue’s special place.  Blue, blue, blue, blue, BLUE.

Phil has since become obsessed with paw prints, and when he sees one (like, say, on a bag of dog food at the grocery store) he yells “A CLUE! A CLUE!”

My toddler doesn’t have many specific things he purposefully draws – he draws my face sometimes, apples, lots of rainbows along with some rain.

As of 2 weeks ago, he also draws pretty amazing paw prints. He takes more care drawing those paw prints than he does anything else in his repertoire.

When he’s taking a bath, Phil art directs me into creating full scenes of all of the Blue’s Clues characters using his tub crayons. The same thing happens when we sit down to play with Play-Doh.

The way my son’s face completely lights up when he sees a badly constructed Mr. Salt and Mrs. Pepper in a Play-Doh color that can only be described as “multicolormoosh”… It’s rhapsody in every sense of the word.

I think my favorite part of all of this is Phil’s singing. Give him the chance and just a couple of prompts, and he’ll belt out every song from Blue’s Clues in order from the start of the show to the end. When it’s time for so long, and we sing just one more song… at the end of that song Phil always says, “And then I ask muhmuh to put on another Blue.”

There are worse shows he could make me watch over and over again, honestly.

Dora, I’m looking in your direction.

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Phil’s hit that point in his young life when every now and then he has a scary bedtime experience.

It’s not every night, but he’s started to talk about nightmares and bad dreams when he has them. And it’s my job as the muhmuh to help get him past that.

So recently, when he woke up yelling about the swarm of imaginary bees in his bed, the wheels started turning. We had talked about bugs a few days earlier, and what made them bugs.

I spoke to him calmly, making sure I sounded interested but not worried about this problem that felt very real to him. I asked him if bees were bugs. We talked about how they had six legs, and different sections to their bodies, and yup. They’re bugs.

I asked him if the bug spray we put on before going outside would work on his bed to keep the bees away.

I could see a little light bulb turn on in his mind – “YES!” He said.

Forget that this doesn’t really work in real life. Bees are just to crafty for me. But let’s imagine bug spray works on imaginary bees!

So before bed last night, we took a spray bottle of mild smelling, kid friendly bug spray into his room. We spritzed it here and there lightly, and then spritzed a tiny bit of it around his bed.

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For good measure, we made a sign for the door with big bold letters that read, “NO BEES”. Just in case a bee flew up that couldn’t read, we also drew a picture of a bee and a circle with a line through it. You want to make sure all your bases are covered when it comes to a scary bedtime!

Most kids don’t have bee nightmares at bedtime, though – we’ve found monsters are a more common culprit when it comes to bedtime fears. Did you know it’s super easy to make homemade Monster Repellent?

Monster Repellent

You’ll need:

This monster repellent is so easy to make! You can get a spray bottle for a buck at the local dollar store. Fill it up with water, add a couple of drops of fragrance. Put the top on and shake it up, and you’re good to go!

If you don’t have any essential oil handy, get creative – what do you have around your house that smells good? A couple of drops of orange juice? Maybe a sprig of rosemary from your garden? Look around, you’ll find something. Just remember you want to go easy on your scent addition – when you spray this in your house, will it stain something or make it sticky?

Extra points if you give your spray bottle an official looking label. Print out the one below, have your child color it. Then just cut it out, and tape it on your bottle.

Make sure to put this spray bottle somewhere handy so you can eradicate any pesky monsters at a moment’s notice!

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