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We use my old homestead (the house in which I was born - it is well over 100 years old), as our summer home. I found it very easy and inexpensive to make curtains for my old home by using pillow cases.
Make/sew a 1 - 2 inch "rod-pocket" at the top of the pillow case. Insert curtain rod and hang the curtain. This method, of course, makes a much lighter and fuller curtain and requires a bit more sewing.
By Doris from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Sewing curtains for your home is only as complicated as you want to make the project, and luckily there are several good books available in libraries all over the world to help you. You can also take a class on the subject. I teach all of my sewing students how to make a simple kitchen curtain with a nice casing using recycled fabrics from home or charity shops, jumble sales, etc.
I also offer further classes aimed at the more elaborate (yet really still simple once you know the 'secrets') curtains and draperies like swags and pinch pleats. Making your own window coverings is simply a matter of being willing to go slowly, and learn the basics.
Not long after I learned how to sew a straight line on a sewing machine, I learned to make simple curtain panels for my bedroom (I was about seven. Seriously, that's how easy it is to make your own curtains!). I used a twin flat sheet, following the instructions in a 1950s era sewing book from the local library and my gran's. I cut the sheet in half then hemmed the raw edges down with a straight stitch by:
LOL, the first time I did it I forgot to make sure the stitching was done to the inside. My first efforts looked inside out up there on the curtain rods and my gran made me pick it all apart and start over. (First rule of sewing? Keep your seam ripper handy:).
If you can sew a straight line on a sewing machine, you can make your own simple curtains. And once you've treasured the taste of that success you will be inspired forward to learning the tricks to making even simple curtains look very elegant. From there you'll be interested in progressing into the more complicated types of curtains like pinch pleated formal draperies.
Here's a great website with lots of good tips and free 'patterns' to make curtains for your home:
By Frugal Sunnie from Scotland
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I have bookcase from ceiling to floor. I want to make a curtain that covers this using two panels. The problem is my 3 year old gets up in middle of night and plays with the toys that are on these shelves. So I need the curtains to meet in the center of shelving that can open and close easily, but that a child cannot. I know how to do the sides permanently and also the top. But the center area has me stumped.
By Juia B
Could you put grommets down the middle edges, and then lace up and tie at the top? Or a zipper that zips up?
Have you thought about instead of using 2 panels that open in the middle using one of the window treatments (not mini blinds). Sorry, I don't know what they called, but the one where you pull the cord and they accordion up toward the top toward the top kind of in pleats. Put a valance at the top of you bookcase and it will look like a very pretty window treatment. Of course you would need to make sure to make the cord short enough so that your little one couldn't reach it
I'm making curtains for my kitchen, using 100% cotton fabric, the same weight you would find in a quilt shop. I'd like to line them to help prevent fading (even though there will be Venetian blinds behind them). If I use a light drapery lining, will that be too heavy? Or would I be better off using muslin? Any ideas?
Take a piece of the fabric with you when you go to buy the liner fabric. The liner should be a lighter weight than the main fabric.
I think muslin might be too light. You want it the same or slightly lighter than the curtain fabric.
Remember to pre-wash both fabrics first. You don't want them to shrink at different rates the first time you wash them.
Use the light drapery lining. Or do not line them at all because you may want to replace the curtains at some time in the near future. Pull the venetian blinds at the time of day when the sun enters in that window so you will protect the curtains from fading.
Looking at muslin - it appears to be too loosely woven to keep out the sunlight.
Have you thought of using a polyester? It is light weight, fade resistant and there are many color choices.
I recently made myself a ew set of 100percent cotton curtains and while I was searching for the material to ok line it came across a slightly strange idea. Although it may seem a bit unconventional I found that it saved money on the electric bill. I actually decided to use a light weight shower curtain. Yes, the plastic type that repels water. Ive used this idea in the past to cover leaky windows to keep out winter cold and it worked wonders. So I decided to try this with my new curtains. When u go looking for the shower curtain make sure not to use one that is too thin as it will tear easily and wont last. You also dont want it to be too heavy and weigh them down. You will also need to decide on a color. They come in many different colors and depending on what you want the curtains to do will depend on the color. If you want a lot of light to come into a room you will want to get the clear ones, for black out curtains youd want the solid white ones. Although they do come in a variety of other colors you need to keep in mind that dark colors absorb heat and stops light decreasing the benefits of having this as a liner. The white color reflects the light while absorbing heat and the clear shiny reflects heat yet allows lightwasatNBA aInd the right ones that did not cost very much at all at a discount store and they only cost about $5.00. You can find inexpensive ones at your local hardware store or the nearest Wal Mart for between $3.00 and $7.00. It will be depending on the type and the weight you decide on. It took me two full shower liners to do both curtains. I also found this to cost much less than to buy it at the fabric stores. The added benefits are that this keeps out the heat in summer as well as keeping the cold out in winter. This keeps your electric costs down as well.
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