You might have followed the transition of my new sewing room (you can read about it HERE). I moved to a room with no curtains, which makes the room feel a bit bare. With no occasion to go to a store soon to buy some curtain tape, I made my own curtains without. I used twill tape in staid. You can also follow this tutorial to make a curtain with curtain tape. Only the few last steps will be different.
Decofabric: For my window with a width of 150 cm (59 inches) I chose to make 2 curtains of 130 cm (51 inches). This was convenient because my fabric width was 140 cm so I only had to cut the fabric to the right length, which is the desired curtain length + 10 cm (4 inches). When you want a lower hem of more than 1 inch you should add some extra length. Fabric width is the desired curtain width + 10 cm (4 inches).
Yarn: This will be visible so pay attention to the collor you choose
Twill tape or curtain tape: as long as the width of your curtains
Let’s get started
- Prewash and iron your fabric. (Read here why!)
- We begin with hemming the sides. Fold over 2.5 cm (1 inch) and fold over again 2.5 cm (1 inch).
- Iron and sew the hems.
- Next we make the lower hem. Fold over 2.5 cm (1 inch) and again 2.5 cm (1 inch). When you added extra length to your fabric for a larger hem, you use it in the second fold.
- Iron and sew the hem.
Preparing the twill tape
So far nothing new going on. Now we will prepare the twill tape for curtain hanging purposes. If you have curtain tape you can skip this part.
- Make every 10 cm (4 inches) a cut in the twill tape, as shown in the pictures below.
The purpose of these cuts is to attach the curtain hooks.
- To make the last step easier I recommend to mark the places with a cut. I used an auto-vanishing pen (I bought mine HERE)
The last steps
Now we will continue with the upper hem and attaching the twill tape or curtain tape.
- Fold over 2.5 cm (1 inch) and again 2.5 cm (1 inch).
If you measured or cut the fabric not entirely correct, this is the place where you can hide your mistakes. Fold over a little bit more or less, no one will ever take a look at the upper hem of your curtains!
- Iron the hem but do not sew it yet.
- Place your twill tape (or curtain tape) on the hem.
- Now we will sew the tape on the curtain. When you use curtain tape you just sew the tape at both sides. When you use your cut twill tape you do not sew the upper part in one continuous seam.
- Just start sewing, using a straight stitch. Once you near a mark, that you have made when there is a cut, then you stop sewing, elevate the foot and pull your fabric 1 cm (3/8 inch) backwards. Then you can lower the foot again and continue sewing until you approach the next mark. Continue doing this for the whole seam.
- The lower part of the twill tape you can sew continuously.
Hang your curtains and enjoy the result!