8/27/2012

sew your own swag curtains



My entire kitchen is white. White. Needless to say, it needed a little warming up.


What you'll need:

fabric - I used a variety of types. See the note below about determining how much you'll need.
matching thread
curtain rod

Note:The width of my finished curtains varied based on the fabric type and color. I wanted orange, a sheer knit, to be featured the most, so I cut it 24" wide. I cut the yellow, a satin-like fabric 18' wide. I cut the green, a sheer fabric, 12" wide. The length of my finished curtains are roughly three times the width of the window frame. To determine the fabric yardage, I divided the desired curtain length by the bolt length. One window needed the length of 3 bolt widths and the other needed to be the length of 4 for a total length of 7 bolt widths. Multiply the number of bolt lengths by the desired width: 7 x 18" = 3.5 yards.


Cut the fabric.

Step 1: Iron your fabric.

Step 2: Cut your fabric in strips, so that the bolt width forms the length of the strip and the width strip is your desired size.




Create the curtain length.

Step 3: Take two strips of fabric. With the right sides facing inward, pin along the width of the strip.

Step 4: Sew along the width of the strip using roughly a 1/2" to 5/8" seam allowance.

Step 5: Repeat steps 3 and 4 until you've achieved the desired length of your curtains.

Step 6: Cut along the seams with pinking shears if they are prone to fray. (Alternatively you can zig-zag or serge the edges before step 4.)

Step 7: Press open the seams.



Create the tube.

Step 8: With the right sides facing inward, pin along the width of the curtain.

Step 9: Sew along the width of the curtain using roughly a 1/2" to 5/8" seam allowance.

Step 10: Cut along the seams with pinking shears if they are prone to fray.

Step 11: Press open the seams.




Hem the ends of the tube.

Step 12: At the end of each end of the tube, pink the edges if they are prone to fray.

Step 13: Fold up the bottom inch of fabric to the outside of the tube. Pin. Press. Unpin and unfold.

Step 14: Fold up the bottom edges of fabric 1/2" to the creased fold. Fold again at the creased fold to create a hem. Pin and press.

Step 15: Sew along the edge with a 1/4" seam allowance.




Finish the curtain(s).

Step 16: Turn your tube right-side-out. I found this to be easiest by putting the whole tube on my arm like a sleeve, holding onto the bottom end with my hand, and pulling the top of the tube over and off of my arm.

Step 17: Iron out any wrinkles that might have formed.

Step 18: Install your curtain rod. Mine are near the ceiling and hang 8" beyond the edge of the frame.

Step 19: Hang your curtain(s) on your rod. This is more tedious than it sounds.

Step 20: Admire your work!



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