This window has been bothering me for awhile now. I love all the light it lets into this room but in the summer it can be sweltering, not to mention all my fabric is stacked up right below the window and I certainly don’t want any of it to fade.
So when I saw the new Valori Wells Del Hi Full Bloom fabric in the window of Spool I knew I had to bring it home and make a curtain out of it. I’ve been looking for something that would go with these photos and help pull my home office together.
Lined curtains are easy to make and really create a polished looked.
Step 1: Measure your window using either the inside or outside of the frame depending on how you are mounting the curtain rod. Accuracy is key here so it’s best to get someone to help you with particularly tall or wide windows and measuring twice won’t hurt either. This is something you are going to be staring at everyday so you should splurge a bit on your fabric. But you don’t want to ruin expensive fabric by cutting incorrectly.
I’m mounting my curtain on a small tension rod inside the window frame. My window measured 25 1/2 in W by 61 in H.
Step 2: Figuring out the dimensions of your curtain so you can buy fabric.
To the width you want to add 1 inch to account for the two 1/2 inch seams on either side. To the height you will add 6 inches for the deep hem at the bottom, 1/2 inch for the seam allowance, and another 2 inches for the tube you will create for the curtain rod at the top. (Keep in mind I’m using a small tension rod if you are using a wider curtain rod you may to create a wider space for it). So I need to purchase enough fabric to cut out a panel that is 26 inches by 69.5 inches.
I made a single panel for my window but you can easily double this to make two panels for a more traditional look.
Step 3: The fun part, fabric buying! I bought two yards of the print and two yards of Kona Cotton White to create a single panel.
Step 4: Cutting your panels out- you want super straight cuts so your fabric hangs correctly. It’s easier to cut long strips if you starch the fabric first. Once you’ve squared your fabric up you can use the straight edge to measure and mark your cutting line. I used a ruler and marked lines to follow every couple inches.
It’s a bit tedious to do but it kept my lines straight.
For one curtain I cut out a panel of the print and a panel of the lining fabric.
Step 5: Creating the hem. You can really make a hem at whatever length you’d like. In looking at store bought curtains you will notice more formal curtains tend to heave deeper hems compared to sheers that have relatively short hems. There are a number of reasons for this, one is the appearance and two is the ability of the hem to weigh down the fabric so it drapes well. Heavier fabric will need a deeper hem to hang correctly. I’m using quilting weight cottons and want a rather informal look so 6 inches works well.
Fold the bottom edge of your fabric up 3 inches and press. Make sure if you are using directional fabric you are folding up on the bottom so everything doesn’t end up upside down!
Then fold it up 3 more inches and press.
Pin the double fold down and sew a 1/4 inch seam.
Do this to each of your panels.
Step 6: Sewing the panels together. Lay the print and lining front sides together. Make sure the bottom panels are together and that you smooth the panels out
before pinning along the sides and top edge.
Sew the panels together using a 1/2 inch seam allowance along the three sides. Make sure to backstitch at the beginning and end of each seam.
We leave the bottom open to help with the drape and flow of the fabric. If your fabric is even no one will ever notice this.
Step 7: Turn your curtain right side out. At this point it reminded me of a giant pillow or perhaps a very thin sleeping bag :)
Pin the panels together along the three sewn sides and topstitch around. This gives the curtain a more finished appearance.
Repeat for as many curtains are you are making.
Step 8: Making the pocket for your curtain rod. I simply folded the top edge over 2 inches stitched across the width of the curtain.
Step 9: Hang your curtain and admire your work.
Total Cost: $32 in fabric. I already had the white thread.
Total Time: 1 1/2 hours. This included stopping to take pictures etc.