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.

15 comments:

Cindy said...

I like the no pattern! Curtain are so rewarding AFTER you finish them. The process is tedious measuring and ironing. They look great with the rug! Enjoy!

sdBev-NL6538 said...

Very Nice!

Sheila said...

Beautiful curtains, and reminds me that I need to get started on my nieces curtains.

Sue said...

Lovely curtains, you've done a super job! They match the carpet beautifully.

MushyWear said...

This type of sewing is so satisfying when it is done! Very nice.

Kelley said...

Ok... Put your hands up! This is a stick-up! Give me all that green and nobody will get hurt!

Shellie said...

They look wonderful! and I love the little touch with the cording. Great job :)

gwensews said...

Great job on the curtains. That's a lot of fabric to handle. You are patient!undgarat

alethia said...

Beautiful curtains, I especially love the color.

JoanneM said...

I think home dec can be most gratifying when you see what you save$$$$$ with your talents. GREAT drapes.
be proud!

Charlene McGill said...

I love the color and look (expensive) of the fabric. I don't know if the fabric was expensive or not. Howver, the greatest joy for me when buying fabric is when I paid little for it but the fabric has an expensive look and feel. I guess that is called a great sale, lol.

MAD14kt said...

Very NICE!

Carol said...

I am totally in love with this colour. I have no curtains in my house anywhere and it is a novelty for me to see them, especially when they are this gorgeous.

Summerset said...

Very nice, if you bought those retail, they would be very expensive. The rug is so lovely, what a great finishing touch.

Rebecka said...

Your dining curtains are beautiful. They look great.

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