Craft Ideas for Adults | 16 December 2016Making a Basic Curtain Panel Share article facebook twitter google pinterest Curtains are an important accent in any room. But sometimes, it’s hard to find the right color or style to fit your design. Singer(R) Sewing Custom Curtains, Shades, and Top Treatments shows you how to make curtains from the perfect fabrics. This basic curtain panel is easy and great for beginners. All curtains are made in a similar way, with hems on the bottom, sides, and top. The top hem, also known as the “heading,” is then finished to create a variety of styles. A gathered curtain may have a rod pocket or a gathering tape sewn at the top, while a pleated curtain has crisp buckram added to the heading. Multiple widths of material are sewn together to achieve the fullness needed. When possible, try to line up the seams in the face fabric and linings to prevent shadowing when light shines through the fabric. The term panel is used to describe any size curtain, from a single width to multiple widths. You can have one three-width panel, for example. Basic steps are shown here so that they do not need to be repeated for other projects in this chapter. Once you know the basic steps, you are ready to make almost any style of curtain! Getting Started Allow extra for the bottom hem and heading. The most common bottom hem size is 4 inches (10.2 cm) doubled (allow 8 inches [20.3 cm]). You can vary the hem size based on the project. Short curtains can have smaller doubled hems and extra-tall curtains can have larger hems. Finished length + hem and heading allowance = cut length What You Will Need decorator fabric lining (and interlining) drapery weightsYardage RequirementsYou will need to determine how much fullness your project requires to determine yardage requirements. Refer to specific projects for detailed calculations. Making a Basic Curtain with Lining Place the lining face up over the back of the curtain panel and inset 1 inch (2.5 cm) from the bottom. Trim away excess lining even with the side edges and tuck the cut edge under the side hem. 1. Cut and prepare fabrics, joining widths if needed. Hem the bottom edge of the face fabric with a 4-inch (10.2 cm) doubled hem and for the lining use a 3-inch (7.6 cm) doubled hem. Secure a drapery weight at seams (see Chapter 2: Getting Started). Finish hems using your preferred method. (See Chapter 3: Fundamental Techniques.) Fold a 11?2-inch (3.8 cm) hem on each side and press. 2. Place the hemmed face fabric face down, and cut off the selvage edges. Place the lining face up over the back of the hemmed fabric, smoothing it out neatly and evenly with the bottom edge inset 1 inch (2.5 cm) along the bottom hemmed edge of the face fabric. (A) If multiple widths are sewn together, line up the face fabric and lining seams, if possible. Use pins to secure the side hems. 3. Cut the lining 3 inches (7.6 cm) less than the fabric along each side. Fold over 3 inches (7.6 cm) along the side, tucking the cut edge under to create a 11?2-inch (3.8 cm) doubled side hem. Press lightly. (B) Add a drapery weight inside the fold of the hem at the bottom corners. (See Chapter 2: Getting Started.) Secure with pins. (C) Repeat for the other side. When using multiple widths, pin together the fabrics down the seams and across the top before moving over to continue making the curtain. 4. Finish the side hems by hand or machine sewing. Measure from the bottom to the top, folding over at the finished length. 5. Measure from the bottom to the top, marking for the finished length, allowing extra fabric to finish the top as needed for the style you are making. A typical curtain panel has a bottom hem, side hems, and a top heading. Vertical seams are lined up to prevent shadowing in sunlight. Once you learn how to make the basic curtain panel, the possibilities are endless! This pretty drapery has a pleated heading and inset trim. Buy from an Online Retailer US: Learn how to sew custom, professional-looking window treatments for your home! Have you ever wanted to sew customized window treatments for your home? It’s easier than you might think, especially if you have Singer(R) Sewing Custom Curtains, Shades, and Top Treatmentson hand. With this helpful how-to book, readers are guided through the entire process–from planning the project to measuring scale and proportion, to selecting necessary tools, fabric, and hardware to actually sewing the curtains and installing them. Whether you’re partial to Roman shades, gathered curtains, flat shades with dowels, or pleated drapes, there’s a clear-cut set of instructions for you in Singer(R) Sewing Custom Curtains, Shades, and Top Treatments. Also included are lifesaver tips and techniques from an expert in the field, advice about using scale and proportion to enhance windows and disguise flaws, and suggestions for utilizing window treatments to control light and insulate your home. Accompanying photos make learning even easier. The book covers the following subjects in detail: Window treatment project planning Window measurements Calculating scale and proportion Fabric and hardware selection Curtains and draperies Grommets Gathered and ruched curtains Pleated curtains Adding trim, banding, and other embellishments to window treatments Shades and blinds Roman shades Flat shades with dowels Relaxed draperies Gathered shades Top treaments Common tips and techniques Cutting Sewing Glossary and resources So, unroll that bolt of fabric and jump into your next DIY project in the world of curtains and draperies! 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