Thursday, March 11, 2010

Baby Girl's Nursery Part II: Curtains 102

Disclaimer: I taught myself how to sew. Much of what I have learned has been from taking things apart to see how they are made. My method of making curtains may be different, but it works for me and I am very happy with the finished project. I do welcome idea’s tips and suggestions so please comment if you feel so inclined. Now let’s get sewing.

For Baby Girl’s room I have chosen to make simple straight curtains (no pleats or pinches) that will hang from rods by curtain rings.

Step 1: Cut Fabric. I cut the curtain fabric and the liner to the predetermined length, 65 inches. Although I love drapes that hang to the floor, both windows in the nursery have radiators under them so I made shorter curtains that will not interfere with the distribution of heat into the room. BTW, the saying "measure twice cut once" doesn't just apply to carpentry.

Step 2: Hem the side of the curtain fabric that will hang the closest to the floor. I did not double up my hem since it will not be seen and the fabric that I selected doesn’t fray easily.

Step 3: Find a big space on the floor where you can lay the fabric flat. Lay the liner with the side that you want to face the window face up. Lay the curtain fabric on top of the liner face down. Line up the tops of both fabrics. Position the fabric so that it extends over the liner by 1.5 – 2 inches on either side. You will likely have to cut the liner on one side.

Step 4: Make sure fabric is smooth and lined up. Use straight pins to secure the two pieces together at the op of the curtain. Sew the two pieces together on the sewing machine. I gave myself a ½ inch seam allowance.

Step 5: Flip and smooth the seam so that right side of fabric is down. The liner cannot be ironed so you’ll have to smooth and flatten the seam by hand. As I smoothed it, I secured the seam with pins to ensure that it lay flat.

Step 6: Cut the bottom of the liner so that it is approximately 1” shorter than the fabric. You do not need to hem the liner.

Step 6: Fold fabric over liner (double fold) and secure with pins on both sides. Once both side have been pinned iron the pinned fabric.

Step 7: Time to break out the needle and thread. You could do this on a machine, but I think hand sewing the sides of the lining looks more professional. I used a wide whip stitch, but you could also use a slip stitch; click here to see how to videos for both. When you are done hand stitching run the iron over your work one more time.

Step 8: Return to the sewing machine and sew a straight stitch, 2 to 3 inches from the top if your curtain (across the top of the curtain). This will ensure that the curtain doesn’t pull or hang funny when you insert the drapery ring hooks into the liner. If you were not lining your curtains you would use drapery header tape to serve the same purpose.

Step 9: Lay the curtain on the floor, fabric side down and secure hooks by simply pinning them through the liner. Once pins are secure attach curtain rings.

Your curtains are now ready to hang!

So that wasn’t too bad was it? As soon as the rest of my hardware arrives I’ll post some curtain hanging tips and photos of the curtains in the room.

1 comment:

Better Browns said...

It is very sweet.I cannot wait to see this in person.


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