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Thermal football curtains DIY

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So you remember my little guy’s football themed nursery?  He will soon be transitioning to a toddler bed {whaa! time flies!} and for now, I am keeping with the theme.  I’ve decided, after 18 months and 2 moves, to add curtains to his room:

  I’m on top of things, I know! Thank Heaven for nesting πŸ˜‰



 I stopped by Target and snagged a 2-pack of 42×84 cream panels, a clearanced brown flat sheet, 2 packs of white sport shoe laces, acrylic paint, foam brush and had my vinyl ready use as a stencil for the helmet design.


To make the curtains:

1. Cut one panel in half to make two panels.
 Note: I wanted thermal curtains to block out light but they were a separate purchase over $30 and I’m too cheap frugal to pay that so I settled on backing the cream panel with my brown clearanced sheet instead.
2. Cut sheet in half & stitch to the inside of the cream curtain panel, leaving roughly 20 inches of sheet. 
3. Fold the remaining sheet fabric behind.
4. Sew it to the bottom of the cream panel. 

Here’s a peek at a panel before it’s embellished:

Kinda bland, I know…

let’s football-ify them!

1. Sew 2 laces horizontally across the curtain where the panel meets the sheet… this hides the stitching of the two fabrics but also mocks football laces πŸ˜‰
2. To make the mock football laces I just cut the extra shoelaces in 1 inch pieces and stitched vertically roughly every 1.25 inches.  
3. All done sewing.  Easy peasy!  

To finish off the curtains, and to add a bit of personalization, I painted on a helmet {the #13 is the day my son was born} then cut it out on vinyl lettering to use as a stencil. (We used to sell vinyl lettering but have since turned our orders to our good friend, Marni, who can cut this for you! [email protected])

No fancy fabric paint or medium here but instead simple red & brown acrylic paint… the #1 bled a smidge but oh well.  I then sanded the whole design down a bit to shabby it up a bit.  

After it was dry I hung them and was impressed with the mock thermal curtains… see the difference with the original cream panel on the right?  Yay!
Simple + inexpensive = happy Lolly Janer 

{See our DIY football lampshade HERE}

PS: Imagine the PB Catalina toddler bed in this space… 

….can’t wait to have the hubbs finish building it!

I’m sure posts for the rest of my to-do-before-baby#2-arrives list will be popping up very soon! πŸ™‚Pin It

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  1. I was trying to look at your football curtain tutorial, but all of the pictures are gone? Help!

  2. Love these curtains!!! I want to make these for my little guys new room. How did you make the stencil?

  3. Thanks so much, ManlyCute! Wasn't able to email you back so just know we appreciate your comment (;

  4. My son is 2 1/2 now and moving into his bigboy room to make room for his baby brother on the way and im doing a football theme. I LOVEEE these curtains ive been looking everywhere for anything close to cute these by far are the CUTEST ( manly cute of course ) things ive seen!! Thank you so much!

  5. Hi Kristi, what a fabulous job you did with the curtains. So boyish. Congratulations. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

  6. Holy Cow!! SO stinkin cute!!!! Truly, you girls are freakishly talented!! πŸ™‚

  7. Those curtains are so cute! I love that lamp on the dresser. Isn't it amazing how fast they grow? My middle child just moved her bedroom downstairs and it feels like she is getting to old too fast!

  8. These turned out adorable!! I love the faux football laces! I bet that bed will be awesome when it's finished!!

  9. Oh wow, I wish you had posted this about a year ago! My son's room is decorated in Steeler's everything, but sadly the theme is pretty lame πŸ™‚ I LOVE the lamp and curtains, absolutely awesome! I'm a new follower! (and thanks also for linking to my Hospital Survival Kit!)

  10. Ohhh how cute! I saw the first picture and I was thinking there is no way those curtians were what was hand made they are perfect. SO cute. Somedayyyy if I ever have a little man in my life I am SO making these! Thanks for sharing the great tutorial!

  11. Too stinking cute!! The curtains are perfection. They definitely do NOT look homemade!

  12. I can't believe it's just that easy to make those curtains. They really look good in the room.

  13. Kristi those curtains look store bought – very professional on the finishing details. I'd skip the toddler bed, especially if you're building, and go right to a twin.

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