Friday, January 21, 2011
Curtains for the Dining Room - No Pattern Needed
Last week I finished the curtains for my dining room. I wanted something simple and these were very simple and did not require a pattern to complete.
To start I purchased 10 yards of the desired fabric. For each panel I cut 2 1/2 yards plus other piece cut 2 1/2 yards long that was half the wideth. I sewed the two pieces together with a french seam to hide all edges.
Each edge was finished with a 1 1/2 inch hem turning in the raw edges for a clean finish.
The bottom was finished with a 5 inch hem, concealing the raw edges as well. And finally the top was finish basically the same but wider and with rows of stitching to create a pocket for the rod.
To finish the set, I made two valances with cording along the bottom edge.
These were cut the desired length (I cut two pieces of fabric 1 yard in length). For each, I attached the cording to one of the edges (wideth). Next I attached the other edge to sandwich the cording between two ends of the fabric. Next, I folded the fabric in half (wrong sides together). Then pressed the edges of the short sides in up to the section where the rod pocket would be formed. Then, I stitched the sides leaving five inches opened. Finally, I sewed two rows of stitches to create the rod pocket making sure the edge were turned in.
The curtains are a perfect match for my new carpet.
That's it. This project did not take a lot of time. I think I spent more time pressing than sewing.