If you’re tired of your old curtains and are ready to replace them, this is the article for you! Why pay an arm and a leg at the store buying new curtains when you can make your own? Panel curtains are simple, yet elegant. When you use a lacy fabric, it adds a touch of beauty.
Choose which windows you want to make curtains for. Use a tape measure to measure the length of the first window. Write that measurement down. Next, use the tape measure to find the width of the window. Write that measurement down as well. Measure the next window and record the information. Be sure to label the measurements, such as window one, window two, to avoid confusing the dimensions.
Add on to your measurements. Add two feet to your length measurements. This allows for the bottom curtain hem, and the top hem where the curtain rod will be inserted. This also allows the curtain to fall about a foot and a half below the bottom edge of the window. If you want your curtains to fall lower simply add three or even three and a half feet to your length measurement. Double the measurements for the windows width. Doing so allows for a curtain that will pleat gracefully across the window.
Choose your lace. Purchase a lace fabric that compliments your decor. Lace fabric is available in several styles, patterns and colors. Be sure to bring your calculated measurements with you so you know how much fabric to purchase for each window.
Measure, mark and cut the lace. Lay the lace fabric face down on a large work surface. Use a meter stick to measure with and a fabric marking pen to mark the fabric according to your measurements. Once the lace is measured and marked use a pair of fabric scissors to cut it to size.
Fold, pin, and sew the sides. Again, lay the fabric face down on your work surface. Fold the left side over 1/2 inch. Insert common pins every three inches to hold the fold in place. Do the same for the right side. Use a sewing machine and a matching colored thread to stitch each side. It’s a good idea to sew each side twice so that the seams are durable enough to be washed. Remove the pins once you have sewn each side.
Fold pin and sew the top and bottom. Lay the curtain face down on your work surface. Fold the bottom of the curtain up two inches. Insert pins every three inches. Fold the top of the curtain down three inches. Insert pins every three inches. Again, use the sewing machine and matching thread to sew each seam. Stitch twice then remove the pins.
Insert the curtain rod. The top hem will create a pocket that is open at both ends. Insert a metal or wooden curtain rod through this pocket. Make sure that the curtain rod hardware is installed on the wall where your curtains will hang. If it’s not, install it on each side of the top of the window using small nails or screws.
Hang and enjoy. Hang your newly created curtains on the window you have made them for. Enjoy the updated and enhanced look of that rooms decor!