Curtains are almost all straight sewing, making them an easy project for beginners. In this tutorial, you will find what you need in order to make basic curtains in no time.
Choosing your fabric is one of the first steps to sewing your own curtains. There are other things to look for aside from the color you want, including fabric weight, thickness, and grain. Learn about sewing fabric before you go shopping so you know what to look for besides a pretty color or print. I tend to air on the side of simplistic, and use what I have. But for extra special circumstances, I might head to a fabric store to pick out a pretty fabric.
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Before picking up your fabric, think about how you would like your curtains to look.
Use this formula to calculate the amount of fabric you'll need so the fabric is wide enough to create each panel:
Many windows need more fullness than one length of fabric will achieve. A simple rule of thumb is that a curtain is one and a half to two times the width of the area it is meant to cover. A heavier fabric will provide fullness that a lightweight fabric can not. The lighter the weight of the fabric, the more fullness it will require.
For appearance and proper hanging, it is best to have at least a half-width of the original fabric when you need to add width to a panel. If you only want a couple of inches more than the original length of fabric will offer, cut away from the first length of fabric and add it on with the second length seamed to the first length of fabric.
Add more panel lengths to achieve the desired width. A 1-inch hem is usually sufficient for the sides of curtains.
The next step is to hem around all of the unfinished edges of your fabric. I use a straight stitch with a rolled hem and then be sure to press all of those hems when you are finished sewing. This will give your curtains a professional, finished look!
Grab yourself a tension rod, (these come in several different lengths) a couple of pretty tea towels from the dollar section at Target or like these (I love these tea towels!) Oooh, and while you're at it, grab a couple more and make a simple apron out of them! And don't forget, the secret to all of this curtain-making magic- my favorite sliding curtain clips!
Voila! Don't you love it when you can save time, effort and the whole math thing and still get an amazing result that you did yourself!?
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