How to determine the amount of fabric needed for pinch pleated curtain

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How to determine the amount of fabric needed for pinch pleated curtain
Measure and calculate how much fabric is needed to make curtains. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Cover your windows with stylish pinch pleated curtains for a conservative, yet classy, window treatment. If you have basic sewing skills, you can sew pinch pleated curtains to dress your windows. As you plan your All about shower head water pressures, choose fabric that will complement your room decor. Perform simple maths functions to determine the amount of fabric needed for pinch pleated curtains, and then purchase enough fabric to sew them.

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  1. 1

    Measure the curtain track from the left edge to the right edge with the tape measure, and write the measurement down on the paper.

  2. 2

    Multiply this width measurement by 2.25. For example, if your curtain track is 180 cm (72 inches) long, multiply 180 by 2.25 to get a total of 405 cm (162 inches).

  3. 3

    Divide the number determined in Step 2 by the width of the fabric. Most decorator fabric is 135 cm (54 inches) wide. Round your answer up to the nearest whole number. For example, 405 divided by 135 equals 3.

  4. 4

    Measure the length of your drapes. Position the tape measure about half an inch above the top of the curtain track, and extend the tape measure straight down to the floor. Add 40 cm (16 inches) to this length to enable you to create the heading and hem of the curtain; this is your cutting length. For example, if the height measurement is 200 cm (80 inches), 200 plus 40 = 240 cm (96 inches).

  5. 5

    Divide the centimetre number of the length by 100 to get the total number of metres. So 240 cm equals 2.4 m (8 yards).

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