Hello my sweet friends! Happy Wednesday! I am almost halfway through this crazy week, and I couldn’t be more excited about that! :) This past weekend I made some curtains for our dining room out of some fabric I had purchased months ago (don’t worry, I didn’t break my Lenten pledge not to spend any money on home decor :)). I am not an expert seamstress, but I have figured out an easy way to make curtains, so I thought I’d share my DIY curtain panel tutorial with you today.
If you’re a lazy girl, like me, one good piece of advice I can give you up front is to buy fabric with a geometric pattern. It is so much easier to cut a straight line on fabric that has a pattern to follow.
How much fabric do you need? Here’s what I do: I hang the curtain rod (I always choose a rod with the rings that have little clamps, no sewing rod pockets for this lazy girl!); then measure the distance from the curtain rod to the floor. I double that measurement, covert to yards, and round that number up to the next yard (I might even add another yard if I want some fabric leftover). I then order that many yards of fabric.
Since home decor fabric is 53 inches wide standard, I just make all of my panels 53 inches wide. This is more than enough to pull closed to cover my windows if I would ever want to do that, and it saves more measuring and cutting. :)
When the fabric arrives, wash it cold water, and dry in the dryer on low (I always buy machine washable fabric). The fabric will shrink, and you want that to happen before you make your curtains. I take the fabric out of the dryer while it’s still damp and hang it up to finish drying to minimize shrinkage.
Next I folder the fabric on itself width-wise, and hang it from the curtain rod rings.
This photo shows two layers of fabric, soon to be the two curtain panels, hanging together from the rings with clamps on the rod. The fold is at the bottom.
A few inches out from the spot where the fabric touches the floor, I cut it, following the lines in the pattern. If you prefer plain fabric, don’t worry, just cut as straight as you can.
Yay for scrap fabric!!
The next step is to iron the fabric. As much as I’d LOVE to skip the ironing part, it really isn’t a good idea, and pressing saves LOTS of frustration later. Just take my word for it. ;)
Press each panel entirely, and then press in the top “hem”, by folding over an inch and pressing that flat. Then either sew or glue that hem. (use fabric glue if you choose to go that route)
When the top hem is finished, re-hang the panel, sit down on the floor, and fold up the bottom edge and pin to the perfect length all along the panel. I love curtains that almost touch the floor. A geometric pattern helps to keep the bottom hem straight also, but you can do it with plain fabric, just carefully check the length every few inches and pin. You will have a larger bottom hem than at the top. I like to do this to add some weight at the bottom so the panels hang nicely.
Next go back to your ironing board and press in that bottom hem. Then fold down the long edges (the sides of the panel) about an inch and press them also.
Lastly, sew or glue the bottom hem and then the sides. Hang your panel, and you are done!
I’m sure that professional seamstresses would cringe at my methods, but I am thrilled with my curtains, and am so excited to make more progress in our dining room!
Thank you so much for reading, have a GREAT day!
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