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Making Your Own Contemporary Fabric Curtains


Adding contemporary fabric curtains to your windows can be a lot of fun. You will find that when you make these yourself, you are going to get a great pair of sheer fabric curtains, and you will also get the satisfaction of making something decorative for your home all by yourself. There are two ways that you can make your contemporary fabric curtains, you can purchase a pattern to make them, or just measure the window you are wanting them for, and make them yourself with no pattern. This is not hard to do, and in just a few easy simple steps, you will have curtains hanging in your windows that you will love.

The first thing that you need to do, is measure your window. Measure the length as well as the width. Then you should decide how far you want your curtains to hang. Wether you want them to stop right below the window, or hang and puddle on the floor. Add these inches into your window measurements. Next you should decide on the rod sleeve, and the hem. You will need to allow inches for both of these, and you will find that the larger the hem on your contemporary fabric curtains, the better the curtains will look.

Once you know how much yardage of fabric you will need per window, you will be ready to go and buy the fabric for your curtains. You can have them cut each panel for you, so that you can just come home and sew, or you can cut them yourself once you get home. You also need matching thread, and you will be using a serger and a sewing machine.

Once you are home, press your fabric carefully. Be sure that you do not scorch it, but you want to get all of the wrinkles out of it as well. Next, decide where the sides are to the curtains, and just serge up the raw edges. This will give a finished edge, and you can then turn that under, and sew it done with the sewing machine. Be sure that you use thread that matches in your sewing machine, because one side of the stitching will be seen on the curtains when you are done.

Next you will pin up the hem at the bottom of the contemporary fabric curtains, and sew that into the fabric. Again the stitching will be seen, so use matching thread. Now it is time to serge the top, so that you can make a sleeve. Just serge the raw edges, so that your fabric will not come unraveled on you, and you can then pin the sleeve for the rod to slide through.

Make sure that you leave enough room in the sleeve for the curtains to slide easily over the rod. If the sleeve is too tight, you may end up stretching and tearing the fabric for your contemporary fabric curtains. Once you have made the sleeve, press the fabric once more, and you are ready to hang your new curtains.

Making contemporary fabric curtains is so easy to do. You will find that you will get great satisfaction out of making them yourself, and you will love completing a project on your sewing machine.

Submitted by:

Mariette Wingeier

Mariette Wingeier is an independent manufacturer of sewing products in her local community. She is also a freelance writer for numerous of quilting and sewing pattern books. To get a free sneak preview of her book “The Art of Quilting Fabric” which shows you ideas on how you can turn your fabrics into wonderful creations, go to http://www.joannesway.com







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