I have been searching for a decent priced curtain to match my daughters room and have had difficulty finding anything that darkened the room enough and was still pretty. On a recent trip through the clearance aisle at WalMart, I came upon a khaki colored curtain panel for $5. Though the panel by itself did help darken the room, it definitely was not very pretty!
I decided to add some ribbons in the colors of her room and also double the curtain up to make it even darker (we are serious about having dark rooms to nap in!) I pinned the ribbons to the front of the panel and then pinned the bottom of the curtain to the top, right sides (fronts)together. I sewed along an exisiting seam so that it would not be visible. I considered leaving the ribbons floating freely at the bottom, but even if I cut them to the same length it would not have looked finished.
So I turned the curtain inside out again, pinned the ribbons along the bottom and then pinned the front and back together to keep it from slipping while I sewed. I sewed a seam as close to the bottom to keep the length. Then I removed all the pins and turned it right side out. I think that it looks a lot more finished with the ribbons sewed to the top and bottom.
Now I have a curtain that not only looks pretty, but keeps her room nice and dark! The first night she slept until 8am and she has been getting up at 6!