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How to Make Curtains Like a Pro

How to make curtains like a pro

One of the questions I am constantly asked is how to make curtains, so today I am posting this tutorial on How to Make Curtains Like Pro. Because seriously, if you can sew a straight line, then you can sew curtains. The pro part comes in by simply using pins, a ruler, and an iron.

Today when walking into D’s office with a grin on my face I sarcastically announced, “Do you know what I love about myself? That I kept this curtain hardware for seven years, knowing in the back of my head that there would come a day that I would reuse it. Furthermore that I also had kept a small amount of black spray paint from a project last year instead of throwing it out.”

This was my feeble attempt at trying to convince him to be okay with my hoarding issues. It is often painful the amount of things that I will hold onto “just in case” I can use them again. Loving to reuse and repurpose runs through my veins on a daily basis.

I know, first world problems over here at the Coover house. But today I was excited to make curtains for my new office space and I didn’t have to rush out to the store for anything. Which made it easy to finish this project in just an afternoon. If only every project went as smoothly.

Sewing was my first love. Mom used to sew and when I was little I would watch her cut patterns and put dresses and pajamas together. Afterwards she would let me use the fabric scraps and her machine. I would draw my own little patterns and make clothing for my dolls. I loved it. In fact, I still do. So when I had the opportunity to drag out my machine today to make curtains I was excited.

Window treatments are one of the most important elements to interior design; yet they are often the last thing done in homes. One day I walked into a neighbor’s home whom I had just met. Her house was gorgeous but she didn’t have any window treatments. Knowing that I was a designer she asked me what I thought of her home and what she could do to make it nicer. I began to tell her that she should get some window treatments, “They are so important, they are like the eyebrows of a room. Just like every face needs eyebrows, every room needs curtains.” At that very moment I looked at her and noticed that she had a certain lack of eyebrows. I almost died. Seriously, Amylia, open mouth and insert foot. Why do things like this always happen to me?

Okay, now to it, because I know you want to save hundreds of dollars by making your own curtains!

Supplies you will need:

Sewing Machine. If you don’t have one I recommend this one, it is the perfect starter machine: Brother XM2701 Lightweight, Full-Featured Sewing Machine with 27 Stitches, 1-Step Auto-Size Buttonholer, 6 Sewing Feet, and Instructional DVD
Sewing Scissors. I really like using my pair like these: Fiskars 10-Inch Softouch Spring Action Razor Edged Scissor
Sewing Gauge or Ruler. This one or similar: Dritz Sewing Gauge
Sewing Machine Thread in the same color as your fabric. I love this assortment because each spool comes with enough to complete this curtain project: 24 Assorted Spools of Thread Full Size 200 Yards Each

TUTORIAL

  1. Pick your fabric. If you are just beginning your design and haven’t painted or purchased other elements in the room this is the easy part. I always tell people to pick their curtain fabrics first and then match paint and couches afterwards. It is far more difficult to purchase it the other way around. If you can’t then take a cushion from your couch or something to the store with you.DSC_0026
  2. Buy the correct yardage. Curtains should ALWAYS hang ceiling to floor. Even if your window is shorter and smaller in the space {mine actually is in my office} still hang floor to ceiling. Since my window is smaller I even extended the curtain rod a good 8 inches past the window on both sides so that I can give the illusion that it is a larger window, leaving the widow itself more exposed. I measure the height from the floor to the ceiling and in my case this was 10 feet. So I purchased 3 yards 12 inches of fabric twice {one for each panel}. I had the attendant cut two equal pieces on her large table since it was 6o inches wide and helped hold it for her so she would get it straight. This makes it much easier when you get it home because it is ready to be sewn.DSC_0030
  3. An iron, ruler, and straight pins are your best friends. Sewing is simple, sewing a straight line on fabric that is 10 feet long is not. You will iron each and every seam before it is stitched and hold it in place with pins. This extra time and special care makes the difference of having curtains that look hand-made and curtains that look purchased from a store.DSC_0033
  4. Iron and Pin the Side Seams. I didn’t want to have to dig out my serger, so I used a simple rolled hem to finish the sides. To find how far in you want to make your seam roll it and look at the finished side. If you have a pattern on your fabric pay attention to how that will look. My fabric has a raised pattern so I measured accordingly. Using my ruler I went an inch in and ironed, then turned again and went just a bit over an inch, ironed and pinned. I did this on both sides of each panel.DSC_0037
  5. Sew the Side Seams. Using the foot of my machine I stayed in alignment paying special attention to keep my stitch as straight as possible. Use a chair to hold the weight of the fabric so it isn’t on the floor pulling down as you sew.DSC_0042
  6. Iron, pin and sew the raw edge on the top. This raw edge will be hidden when creating the casing and the hem.DSC_0046
  7. Sew the casing for the rod. I made a casing so I can slip it through a curtain rod if I want to in the future. However, I will be clipping them on using the hardware that I painted black. Having the casing will double the fabric and create a nice thick edge for the clips to attach to.DSC_0049
  8. Iron, pin and sew the raw edge of the bottom.DSC_0043
  9. Hang the curtains. If you are going to have your curtains “puddle” the ground then repeat steps 4 & 5, then hang.DSC_0065
  10. Pin for exact hem length. I wanted to have my curtains sewn for a custom fit with no puddling. I pinned them to the correct length while they were hung.
  11. Sew the Hem. Remove to machine sew or leave up and hand sew. I usually hand hem my curtains with a hidden stitch.DSC_0056

I’m thrilled to have curtains in my office. It already feels more cozy. I could almost live in here, wait, who am I kidding? I do!!

Click here for my tutorial on how to make Window Cornices.

How to make window cornices DIY

Update: I moved these curtains with me to my Nevada home and made even more sets to fill my master bedroom.

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How to make curtains like a pro

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