Change the whole look of your room by adding decorative curtains. Choose a sumptuous material in rich colours or a beautiful pattern. Add flounces or fringes and tassels to create an expensive, designer look. Finish with contrasting or matching tiebacks and your room will be transformed. Decide on your style and colour scheme by selecting fabric samples to see how they look against the furniture in your room. This will create a coordinated look.
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Things you need
- Sewing machine
- Measuring tape
- Curtain pencil pleating
- Tassels/fringing/sequins as required
- Double or valance curtain track
Measure the width of the window where you want the curtain to cover it. Your curtain fabric must be at least two-and-a-half to three times the width of the window. Don't forget to add at least 6 inches on either side of the window frame.
Measure the height of the window. Your curtain will need to be at least 3 to 4 inches higher than the top of the window and can hang to just below the window or to the floor. Add 3 inches for hemming.
Choose your fabric. Ideally you will choose a fabric that is already the required width, but if you have to join two pieces together, make sure you allow for pattern repeats when working out how much you require.
Cut the fabric. If necessary join two pieces together to create the correct width. Hem the top edge with a neat 1/2-inch double hem. Hem the edges with a neat 1/2-inch double hem.
Sew on a strip of pencil pleating just below the hem at the top of the curtain. This is specially made curtain tape to which your curtain hooks will attach. It allows you to gather or pleat your curtains to the correct width. Use a double stitch at the top and bottom of the pleating strip, as it will need to hold the weight of your curtains.
Sew sequins or beads in groups across the fabric to create a sumptuous look.
Hang the curtains. Tie up one end of the pencil pleating before pulling it to create the pleat. Adjust the curtains to fit. Tie off the other end of the pleating tape and cut off excess string.
Pin up the curtains to the correct length, then take them back down and hem the bottom. Insert small lead weights into the hem so that the curtains hang neatly. Hang the curtains.
Cut a strip of fabric in matching or contrasting colours to a length of 12 inches. The strip should be five times the width of the window. This will be the valance --- the piece of fabric at the top of the curtains that conceals the upper edge of the curtains and the curtain rod. Hem all around the edges and sew on pencil pleating tape. Sew on sequins or beads to match the main curtains.
Sew the fringing to the bottom of the valance strip. Tie the pencil pleating strip at one end and fix the valance to the curtain track. Pull the pleating tape to pleat the valance and tie it off. Cut away the excess string after tying. Add curtain tiebacks if desired.
Tips and warnings
- Make matching cushions to complete the look in your room.
- Overestimate the drop of the curtains, as you can always take an inch off if they are too long.
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