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I basically copied how to sew my living room curtains from a blog post @ Young House Love. So if you want more detailed instructions click here.
I did make a few changes, mainly because I royally screwed up when measuring and was 5 inches off on each side. (yea, yea I know…Hey, I am a beginner!) Sadly, if I would have done this correctly from the beginning it probably would have taken me an hour or less to whip these babies out (excluding wash time). So I could have named this post “Sew Curtains in 10 Easy Steps in Less Than an Hour!” But again, since I measured wrong it took me about a day because I had to go out and find more fabric and then figure out how to sew a panel on the bottom. JEESH!
But anyways….. let’s begin.
Step 1: Find Fabric
Sounds easy enough. NOT IN RURAL IOWA! I searched high and low, all over the state for some fabric. But I couldn’t find any that I loved.
So my search continued on the web, where I found an awesome fabric store called Tonic Living. Love. Love. Love. Funky. Stylish. Colorful. Quality. just a few words I would use to describe all of their wonderful fabric.
I went with this fabric because our walls are yellow but we also have some green in the room. You might not be able to tell online but it is more of a chartreuse color. I also LOVE gray, it is such a great neutral.
I purchased 5 yards. Next time I will do a bit more just to be safe.
Step 2: Wash Fabric
Don’t skip this part. You always want to make sure you pre-shrink the fabric before sewing.
Step 3: Iron Fabric
Step 4: Measure three times.
Measure from your curtain rod to your floor. Measure that again and again and again.
Then measure your fabric to the length you will be cutting. Measure again and again
Step 5: One more time for good “measure”
Seriously, how I screwed up on this part I do not know. Go ahead measure one more time so as not to make the mistake I did.
Step 6: Cut
I used the rug to get even lines and make sure each panel lined up. (genius! Thanks Sherry from Young House Love!)
Step 7: Iron each side
I like to iron rather than pin because it is a faster. I iron about a half inch seam.
Step 8: Sew
I sewed a straight stitch along each side.
Step 9: Repeat step 7 and 8
I wanted it to have clean, finished looking hem. So I repeat and fold over the one seam onto itself again. And sew.
Again, for more details on all the sewing steps click here.
Step 10: HANG
I used some curtain rod ring clips from Wal-Mart. I think they were like $4 (bargain!)
But….. in my case, since I measured WRONG I had to have like a million other steps. I had to go out and find more fabric so that I could sew a 5 inch panel on the bottom. Ugh…what a pain. Now I know, for the next time, to measure, measure, measure!
But I am VERY pleased with the look with having the panel at the bottom. So it ended well