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Category: How to make curtains

Making Curtains , sewing curtains , hemming the sides

How to make your own curtains at home is a very straightforward technique that I can show you , diy curtains , sewing curtain grommets and creating curtain patterns – easy to follow examples. Learn how our professional workroom make curtains using their own system when making curtains. In no time you will be confident to make your own curtains for interior or make your own curtains home decorating.

Many of these techniques can also be used for  embroidery curtains , make tab curtains and curtain patterns. Dress Curtains are often used at the side of a window to soften the effect of a roller blind or roman blind , they are generally a curtain that is non functional and doesn’t move. Learn how to make your own curtains personal by utilizing a specific design of material or shape , there are so many different diy window treatments available.

Many Curtain manufacturers now have such a large range of materials available that it is quite easy to make  diy heat blocking curtains or heat shield curtains using backcoated materials. These materials offer full protection from the sun during summer but also retain maximum heat within a room during the winter months. Simple panel curtains are also a way of covering a window without having to do too much sewing , they are generally a straight piece of material that is designed to just cover the area enough to provide privacy and protection. You can use panel when curtain designs permit.

Hemming the sides , sewing curtains or making curtains can provide you with an easy and inexpensive way of curtaining your new or existing home at a fraction of the cost , many people now realise that it is possible to make your own curtains free whilst also making them look as if they have been made by a professional workroom.

How to make curtains – Includes Secret Fabric Formula

How to make curtains is often overlooked by many people as they believe they dont have necessary skills or time to attempt to make their own curtains. If you follow these easy steps I can guarantee you that will be making curtains in your sleep. Most people when they start thinking about how to make curtains get scared of failure and completely push the thought out of their mind very quickly. I can show you a fool proof way to make your new curtains for any window in your home.

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How to make a pinch pleat curtain in 10 easy steps

How to make a pinch pleated curtain in 10 easy steps

One of the most difficult curtains or drape to attempt to make is obviously the pinch pleated curtain, most customers will send their curtains to a professional curtain workroom who will basically return the curtain fully finished ready to hang. Follow these steps to making a successful drape

1. Basically this is how we work out how much material we are going to require, the first thing we must do is measure the width of the window and multiple it by 2, this is the amount of fullness we will be using. Ie if your window measures 200cm we will use the measurement of 400cm, we then divide this measurement by the width of the material we are using

2. So basically what we will end up with is 400cm divided by 120cm being the width of the material this equals 3./…. We now know we will need 4 widths of material. We then measure the height of the window and multiply x 4 widths, ie if your window is 200cm width x 200cm height , use the following formula 4widths x 230cm = 920cm or 9.20metres. Whatever the finished height of your window is add 30cm to this measurement to allow for hems.

3. So now we cut 4 lengths at 230cm each, the next step is to stich 2 panels together along the salvage or edge of the material, we then repeat this step with the other 2 panels remaining, so we now have 2 curtains with 2 widths of material stiched together. , This is commonly referred to 2 x 2 widths.

4. Now proceed to side hem each curtain with a double 5cm hem, ie turn the side in 5cm and then another 5cm and sew to form a side seam, now working out the pleating size is the most critical part of any curtain. We know that our window is 200cm wide, we need to add on 40cm to this overall measurement to allow for returns and full crossover in the middle of the window.

5. What we want to end up with now is 2 curtains that will each have an overall heading size of 220cm, now basically remember that to form each pleat you will need approximately 10cm of the width of the material, so starting from left hand of the curtain make a mark 12cm in blue chalk, then make a mark 10cm in red from that mark and so one across the full width of the curtain.

6. Always remember the red mark is where the pleats starts forming and the blue mark indicates the spacing between each pleat. Now working from the left hand side go to your red mark and pull the curtain in to form a triple pleat this should finish at the blue mark. Tack the top of pleat to keep it in shape and then proceed along the width of the curtain and finish off. Repeat for the other 2 width curtain

7. A little trick with this is to always have a 12” or 30cm ruler beside you at all times so that if you need to make any adjustments in between the pleat then you can do this on a gradual basis rather than trying to make it all up at the end.

8. You should now to have 2 curtains each measuring 120cm in width, you now need to tack the bottom of the pleat with forms how the curtain will fall.

9. Now the very last and very important aspect of this is to hem the curtain to the correct height with double 10cm hem at the bottom

10. Well Done your finished