I’ve decided to start a new series entitled “Crafty Projects” so you can look forward to more of these in the future! My first crafty project is a pair of custom curtains I made for the apartment I just moved out of (typical).
Crafty Project 1: Paisley Curtains with Blue trim
Step 1) Measure your windows and pick out your fabric.
Measure length and width of your windows. Decide if you want your curtains to cover the windowsill, reach the ground, or just touch the sill. Keep in mind where your curtain rod is and how low your curtains will hang when determining how much fabric to buy. How do you want your curtains to look when they’re drawn? If you prefer a gathered, bunchy look, add some width to your measurement. Add a few inches for seam allowance.
I found a pretty green/blue paisley duck cloth with a blue cloth for trim on sale at Hobby Lobby 30% off of $8/yd. Duck cloth is a heavier fabric, so it’s great for curtains. It all depends on the look you’re going for, though. If you want something drapey and gauzy, then make sure you pick a fabric appropriate for that.
Step 2) Measure two panels, cut, and hem sides
To hem edges, fold edge about 1/4 inch, press with hot iron, then fold again about 1 inch to achieve a clean line. Repeat on all four sides. Pick a thread color that will blend in, and stitch the hem along its edge.
Step 3) Cut and hem trim, loops
I wanted my trim to echo the loops I planned to stitch to the top of the panels for them to hang from, so I cut four equal strips of blue cloth, then hemmed them closed. Depending on the look you’re going for, you probably want to keep the hem as close to the edge of the strip as possible to help conceal the stitch. My stitch ended up almost in the middle of the loops because I didn’t think about this factor when I was pressing it. Stitch it closed with a thread that matches.
Step 4) Add Trim, mask mistakes
As you can see, I hemmed my two panels a little unevenly. Thankfully, I could make up the difference with trim! If you have this issue, simply stitch your trim a little lower on the uneven side. Just make sure you don’t adjust your stitching path too – you don’t want a slanted stitch!
Fold the edge of the trim in, and stitch closed.
Step 5) Add Loops
Determine how many loops you want to have to hang the panels from, as well as their length. Cut your strips accordingly. Hem. I decided on 6 loops stitched close to the top on the back, and lower in the front for a unique look.
Find the center of your panel, and measure out where to pin your loops. Pin first on the short side, then stitch. A standard stitch pattern would be to create a box, then to stitch a big X through the middle of it. Really, though, for something this small, as long as you stitch at the edge of the loop and the edge of the panel, you should be fine.
After you stitch the back, fold your loops to the front and pin in place. Make sure you’re measuring right, because if your loops are uneven, your panel will hang unevenly. Stitch in place.
Et Voilà! Your finished curtain.