In case if you are a beginner then one of the best projects to tackle out with sewing is curtains. With just a few straight seams, you’ll make a huge impact and learn a few key basics.
Let’s use a basic medium-weight fabric that is excellent for curtains: the Linen Cotton Canvas Ultra. It has a lovely texture and drapes well. Due to the height of our windows, we needed about 3 yards per panel.
When choosing a fabric, consider the necessary function of your curtains. Do you want light to stream in, and will privacy not be an issue? Go with the Kona Cotton. Trying to insulate, keep out drafts or create black-out curtains? Choose Lightweight Cotton Twill or Eco Canvas, and line the curtains with something sturdy for added stability and thickness.
Measuring Your Window/Determining How Much Fabric You Need
You need to know the length of your curtains by measuring from the curtain rod to the spot where you’d like the bottom of the curtain to fall. Add 18” to this number; this is the length of fabric you need for each curtain panel. You will get extra fabric through extra 18” to hem each panel, plus allow for fabric shrinking during pre-washing.)
Now, determine the width you need. For this tutorial, we’re using Linen Cotton Canvas which has a width of 54”. You may decide that one width of fabric is enough for your panel and if you don’t need a particularly full or gathered curtain. If you prefer a more gathered look, you’ll want the fabric to be anywhere from 1.5-3 times wider than the actual window width.
Step 1: Prep your fabric and trim the selvage
Once you’ve ordered your Spoonflower fabric and receive it in the mail, you’ll want to get started sewing right away but trust me, prepping your fabric will be worth it in the end! Be sure to wash and dry your fabric on a gentle setting in cold or warm water. You’ll notice it includes a blank area of unprinted fabric on the left and right sides (vertical across the long sides) and a smaller area of unprinted fabric along the top and bottom (along the width). Your first step is to trim off this area. It’s easiest to do so with a clear ruler and a rotary blade with a self-healing mat underneath, as shown below. If you don’t have these things, just use scissors!
Step 2: Trim your fabric down to size
Step 3: Hemming
You need to hold your seam guide and start by folding over half an inch and ironing.
Pin the edge of a piece you just folded about every six inches
Start stitching! Use a straight stitch of about 3 mm, edge stitch as close as you can to the inside of your hem as shown below.
Repeat those same steps to sew the other side of your curtain panel once you finish one of the long sides.
Sew the bottom edge.
For the bottom edge hem, you can make this as deep as you would like. Some curtains have a bottom hem that’s as deep as 3 or 4 inches. I’m choosing to create mine at the same half inch double edge of a piece as we did on the side. Just as before, measure and fold your bottom edge one half inch, then fold over half an inch again. Press, and pin every six inches.
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You need to stitch the bottom edge with the same straight stitch.
The rod pocket needs to be at the top so sew it at the top of your curtain.
Measure and fold the top of your fabric over at least 3 inches (depending on the diameter of your curtain rod). Press and pin in place.
Edge stitch again with a straight stitch. In case if you would like you can place a colorful tape on your machine as a stitch guide. It will be easier to stitch this hem from the wrong side of the curtain, but the result will look nicer if the top thread is showing on the right side of the fabric. For that reason i would like to sew from the right hand side and this is where your tape can really come in handy
You now have a finished curtain panel. Repeat the same process for your second panel, and you’ll have a complete set of window treatments to awe and inspire your guests.