Handmade Curtains are super-trendy right now and sewing seems to be everywhere — whether it’s about making your own or buying ready-made. If you’re completely new to sewing then don’t worry, starting off with some essentials, I’ll demonstrate you, in an easy-to-follow guideline how to master the basic techniques of sewing a curtain.
Whether you’re a complete beginner to sewing curtains or just want to refresh your skills, here you will get tips and tricks from professionals. So, let’s begin this informative tutorial about how to sew curtains for beginners.
Expert Tips to Sewing Curtains for Beginners
I start with the basics of fabric and color selection. For windows, I give instructions for standard favorites such as pinch-pleated draperies and ruffled curtains.
However, for the beginners today I am going to share ideas on making a rod pocket curtain. Rod pocket curtains are the easiest style of curtains to make. It is simply a panel of fabric with a tube at the top for the curtain rod.
Tools you will need to start
- Drapery fabric: Choose your fabric for curtain considering the color of the wall in your room and decoration
- Sewing machine: If you want to sew and do DIY projects on a regular basis investing in a good sewing machine is not a bad idea
- Sewing tape measures: A must-have tool that ensures perfect curtain measurements
- Sewing gauges: Tool for measuring small areas as you sew
- Sewing scissors : Sharp scissor is helpful to cut your fabrics precisely
- Hand sewing needles.
- Needle threading tool: It makes easy to thread the needle
- Seam reaper: used to remove unwanted stitches
- Pins and pincushions
- Fabric Marker: You may use a pencil or chalk
- Pressing tools: iron and ironing board
- Straightedge ruler
Measure and cut the fabric
To determine the size to cut your fabrics, take the dimensions you want your curtains panel to be. Add 4 inches to the width and 12 inches to the height to account for the hems. Suppose, our curtain will be 3 feet(36 inches) wide and 6 feet (72 inches) height when finished. So I have to cut the fabric 3 feet 4 inches (40 inches) wide by 7 feet (84 inches) high.
Curtain should be ruffled not flat. Make sure to get enough volume in your drapes. So the width of the draping should be 1.5 to 2 times the width of the curtain rod.
Hang your curtain rods close to the ceiling. Then measure for height of panel for your curtain. Hanging your drapes close to the ceiling gives a beautiful tall ceiling effect.
Sew the sides of the panel
First, sew the 2 sides of the fabric. Fold the edge over 1 inch and press with an iron on an ironing board. Then fold it over another inch and iron it again. After that, sew down the length of the panel about 3/4th of an inch from the edge of the fabric.
Don’t forget to backstitch at the beginning and end to secure the stitch firmly. Repeat this for the other side of the panel.
Sew the top of the panel
The top hem forms the rodpocket which should be at least twice the diameter of the curtain rod. Suppose the diameter of the rod is 2 inches. So I will be making a 4 inches double-fold hem.
Fold the fabric 2 inches and press with an iron. Then fold it over another 4 inches and iron again. Sew along the bottom crease of the hem about ¼-inch from the edge to form the edge to make the pocket.
The top can be done at this point, or I can choose to add a header which will make the panel extends a little past the top of the curtain rod. You can sew 1 inch from the top of the panel to form a 1-inch header.
Finally, sew the bottom hem
To make the bottom of the curtain to fall exactly where you want, hang the curtain panel first to better judge how much to hem. You can leave 4 inches at the bottom of your desired length for further perfection. Iron 2 inches double folds, as you did with the top hem. Again sew down the width of the panel about one-fourth inch from the crease.
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That’s it! Your strikingly beautiful rod pocket curtain is ready to play hide and sick with your stylish window. I love to inspire your creativity and help you visualize finished results.
I hope the step-by-step guidance, practical shortcuts and expert tips about how to sew curtains for beginners encourage you to craft your own home decorator fashions.