How to Make Curtains

Curtains are a very important and integral part of your home décor. A curtain gives a space its desired feel and impression. This is why we generally use different types of curtains for different rooms, keeping their utilities in mind. Though, a huge variety of readymade curtains are available in the market, tailor made curtains are still very much in vogue. Firstly, readymade patterns might not exactly match your designs and secondly they are too expensive. It’s ideal to learn how to make curtains at home, instead. This is not only a cost effective alternative, but it also helps you to create the exact picture that you have in mind. Above all, it gives you immense creative satisfaction when you decorate your own space.

Curtains are put up for various purposes. The purpose determines their style and texture. Curtain fabric may vary from thin and transparent laces to light, medium, heavy and very heavy material depending on the décor of the room. When you make curtains of your own the first step is to choose the type of cloth. As curtains are a relatively casual cover for your windows, almost any cloth is bound to suit your purpose as long as you like it. Window drapes, on the other hand are more formal and require specific type of formal fabric for sewing. Curtains on the other hand could be made up of anything from simple cotton to the cosy feeling flannel.

While learning how to make curtains at home, the first step will be learning how to measure and cut the material. When you measure your window, you need to measure the length from the rod right up to the point you want it to hang. Similarly the width of the curtain will be at least 6 inches more than the actual width of the window. Some extra cloth will be required for hemming both the sides. Once the measurements have been taken, the next step is to cut the cloth. Cutting requires a few tips to be followed. Before cutting, it is very important to check for any defects on the patterned fabric. Once you are sure, you can go ahead.

When you are cutting the fabric make sure to start from the end that is woven and doesn’t fray, this is called the selvedge. Check if you have enough material for the correct length required, or else cutting will only lead to wastage. Mark all the repeat patterns carefully. The cut should be ninety degrees to the selvedge. When you cut, remember that while joining, the patterns at the seam should match. If the patterns are large, then the entire pattern must be visible at the hanging end. The top end is generally less visible.

Learning how to make curtains might not be a cakewalk, but the cutting part sums up almost all the difficulties. Once that’s done, a few simple stitches will make a good looking elegant curtain, ready to decorate and enliven your rooms.

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