How To Make Curtains

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How To Make Curtains

And along with new curtains for me, comes an easy-sew tutorial for you! Note these curtains are unlined — they definitely let in a lot of light and offer little privacy. When I make curtains for our guest bedroom, I’ll post a tutorial about how to make lined curtains.
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How To Make Curtains

Okay, you posted your curtains a long time ago, but I am just seeing them, and they look great! I am with you on the symmetry issue, and am constantly deflecting comments about my own vision for my house. No one seems to understand that I am allowed to design a space, rather than just accept what’s there because it’s there and why change it when it’s perfectly fine the way it is. Blah blah. Thanks for posting your steps on the curtains and blackout curtains, I will likely be using them soon!
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How To Make Curtains

Hi there, Here is my dilemma. We have 13 ft walls and our windows go up almost as high. Curtains (at least standard) are not made this long and having them custom made I cannot afford. Was wondering if I could buy ready made curtains and buy 2 sets instead of 1 set and somehow do a band (or something?) where the 2 panels would meet, which would then make 1 nice long panel. Does that make sense? Need help! Thanks so much, Mindy
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How To Make Curtains

Thank you for these great instructions. I am getting ready to make some lined curtains for our camper to protect from sun and provide some darkness (hopefully so the grandkids will sleep a little longer allowing me that first cup of coffee!) I have sewed for years, have made many curtains but never lined. I am definitely saving these instructions on my favorite list. I have the curtain material, now I guess I have will need to go back to fabric store to get some lining!! OK with me, fabric shopping is one of my favorite things to do. Thanks again.
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How To Make Curtains

I tried to click the link for more information, right after the 3rd paragraph, it just lead right back to this page. Otherwise, this is the best tutorial I’ve read on curtains! Thank you! I’m getting ready to remodel my living room and will be attempting to make my own curtains.
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How To Make Curtains

Pauline Edwards May 6th, 2015 I have been altering curtains so they fit my windows and making curtains from old and new fabric … Never with lining before … This has been so helpful to me … Thanks for sharing … Does anybody know how make roman blinds in this breakdown form … Pauline Edwards . I would appreciate that if possible … Thanks P:) Reply Elaine August 15th, 2016 You can find how to videos for Roman shades and many other things on Sailrite.com. Reply

How To Make Curtains

I liked your tutorial. I have made curtains before, tabs, but its been quite a few years, so needed a refresher I need to line my bedroom curtains. Going to make tiers and a valance. Do you have a tutorial on how to apply the lining? It is going to probably be muslin lined on cotton curtain material? Thanks!
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How To Make Curtains

Fabric-Scrap Cafe Curtains If you can tie a knot, you can make these curtains. We used white chiffon to brigthen this kitchen, but any fabric will work—try tulle for a girl’s bedroom or burlap in a sunroom.
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Amanda June 29th, 2016 Thank you for these great instructions. I am getting ready to make some lined curtains for our camper to protect from sun and provide some darkness (hopefully so the grandkids will sleep a little longer allowing me that first cup of coffee!) I have sewed for years, have made many curtains but never lined. I am definitely saving these instructions on my favorite list. I have the curtain material, now I guess I have will need to go back to fabric store to get some lining!! OK with me, fabric shopping is one of my favorite things to do. Thanks again. Reply
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Because curtains, after all, are just fabric. Much like underwear. And because they generally cost more than they “should,” curtains are an excellent candidate to make yourself. Today I’ve rounded up the most giant, inspiring list of DIY curtain ideas from some of my favorite DIY blogs so when it’s time to dress your nekkid windows, you can do so for less than the cost of a few pair of fancy-pants underpants.
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In college, I was desperate for dirt cheap curtains with some kind of design. I ended up buying a crazy cheap white sheet at a local discount store, cutting it in half, finishing off the edges and folding over the top to make a sleeve for the curtain rod, then I made three different sized leaf stencils and “embroidered” around them with yarn that I already had. I used three or four different shades of green to give more dimension and interest to the curtains. Not a bad fix!
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I thought it said there was an idea of how to make an antique quilt into a curtain. Any ideas. I really love my old quilts, but not for the bed. I need some curtains so thought of making them into curtains, but need advise or ideas. Thanks
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In college, I was desperate for dirt cheap curtains with some kind of design. I ended up buying a crazy cheap white sheet at a local discount store, cutting it in half, finishing off the edges and folding over the top to make a sleeve for the curtain rod, then I made three different sized leaf stencils and “embroidered” around them with yarn that I already had. I used three or four different shades of green to give more dimension and interest to the curtains. Not a bad fix! Also, internet service, chocolate (worth it, but…), and toilet brushes (because poop).

Hey Chelsea…I see that this posting is over a year old….I’m always the last to find things. I wanted to bring up,the fact that you said the fabric was printed crooked and that you also didn’t cut off the salvage edge because it doesn’t fray. Well….there’s a reason you should always cut off the salvage edge; okay maybe a few reasons. First off, you don’t want to advertise on the inside of your curtains for the fabric maker, second, you want any sewn item to look as a nice on the underside as the side you see (according to my grandma and I have to agree) and finally, the salvage edge is more tightly woven than the regular fabric so it tends to make things a bit wonky. This could also lead to fabric being crooked. Now I’ll step off my soapbox and say tha I enjoyed your tutorial and I’m going to begin my bedroom curtains now. Just as soon as I cut off the salvage edge.
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Before doing any sewing, first you need to cut your curtain fabric and lining fabric. Check out this post on how to sew grommet curtains to learn the steps properly measure your windows for curtains. you will need to measure, cut, and sew any panels together to have our curtain fabric the size you want for your windows prior to beginning this tutorial.
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Prewash/preshrink fabric: Whether you are using canvas drop cloths or canvas off the roll, it is important to prewash/preshrink the fabric. This way, if you want to be able to launder the curtains in the future, the curtains will hold their shape as well as their length. Using your home washing machine (for up to 10 yards), wash the canvas in hot water and detergent to remove the stiffening sizing chemicals from the canvas. Check to see after the first washing if it is soft enough. Sometimes it takes a couple of runs through the wash to achieve the right feel. Tumble dry on a high-heat setting. This will shrink and soften the canvas even more. If you have more than ten yards of fabric, you’ll want to go to a local laundromat and use the big machines.
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I have a question about measuring panels for a very big window. The window in my room is HUGE, and takes up nearly the entire wall. With such a large window, do I really need to hang the curtains outside the sides of the window and so far away from the top of the window? I fell like the wall would be all curtain and window that way. Plus, we don’t have any trim around the window, so I’m not that jazzed about showing it off (yet). Would it look terrible if, when opened, the curtains were split, half over the window and half covering the wall?
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These are really great ideas! Every time I think about buying a new set of curtains for my living room, I remember how much they cost. Also, when I go to most department stores, I notice that a lot of the curtains are kind of plain. It’s not really worth it to spend my money on something I don’t really even like. Not only are these ideas extremely creative, but they also fit into my budget. I’m sure that once I finish trying some of these ideas, lots of my friends are going to be asking how I came up with them since they will want to give them a try too. Click here to read full article

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