I read on another thread a while back that there was talk of a member posting a curtain tutorial. Was that ever posted? If so, can anyone point me in the right direction? I finally chose my fabric and measured to get started, but it's my first time making them so I'm hoping to follow along with some good directions, so hopefully I don't have to do this twice
Post by ladywendolyn on May 31, 2017 18:38:27 GMT -8
Here are the basics. The curtain should be twice as wide as the window it covers. I usually add 2 inches on top and bottom, but whatever you want to add is fine. Then.. you can simply hem all the way around and use curtain clips, or you can use curtain tape to make pinch plates or similar gathers. That is usually a big help for a newbie to sewing. If you want a "channel on the top" you need to add enough fabric for it to fold over on it's self to create the channel. I posted a thread a little while ago showing how you can make curtains from kitchen towels and clips, so its up to you how much work you want to put it. Here is the link to the clips and towels thread.. vintagetrailertalk.freeforums.net/thread/8305/seat-covers-curtains?page=1&scrollTo=82403
I measure the width of the rod and height from top of rod to bottom of curtain fabric.
There are usually two side/width panels, split that in half. (30" rod =15") Add 12" to each. (27" 3each) That allows for some ripples. ruffles??
If you go with cafe rings on the rods, subtract 1" or so from the curtain length. If you want to have a tube for the rod, add 3" + of material to compensate for the folds and tube, then length accordingly. I say 1" minimum for the tube to slide on a rod. Vintage trailers often have seats or counter tops in the way, so you want the curtains at least a 1/2 inch or more above. Also, kitchen curtains should be less "poufy" and a little higher because of the stove and sink.
Cafe rings make it easy to slide the curtains and are worth considering. They won't be as "purty" as tubed curtains, but much easier to open and close.
Wonderful, thank you both! I fall victim to the "purdy" trap pretty easily, so even if it's harder, pretty sure I will end up with a rod pocket and lots of ruffles Any advice on adding a lining? I saw spray fabric adhesive at the craft store, that was tempting. Just glue 'em together, easy peasy!
Post by ladywendolyn on Jun 1, 2017 22:38:27 GMT -8
The best lining is the rubber coated blackout lining like you see in hotel draperies. It keeps your drapes from fading and even insulates well against heat. I generally attach Velcro to it and it is velcroed to the back of the finished drape. That way it can be removed when washing the drape.
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