Free Pattern for Simple Curtain Panels, Curtain Valance and Tiebacks

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    Materials Needed to Sew Simple Curtains

    Bedroom curtains
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    This curtain pattern will guide you through sewing curtain panels, valance, and tiebacks. The curtain panels are straight panels with a casing for the curtain rod. The valance dresses up the curtains and the tiebacks allow you to let light in but keep the curtain rod discreetly covered. These instructions use a basic curtain rod that can be found in almost any discount store.



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    Turn and Press Raw Edges

    Press under all edges
    Press under all edges. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    • Trim away the selvedge of the fabric.
    • Press under 1/2 inch (to the wrong side of the fabric) on all edges, pressing the side edges first.

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    Side Hems

    Side Hems
    Side Hems. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    • Press under 1 inch on the sides of the panels.
    • Stitch the hems in place sewing on the folded-under edge. The hem may be straight stitched or blind stitched. This type of lengthy straight hem is an excellent time to master your sewing machine blind hem capability.
    • Any optional trim or embroidery stitches on the side hems should be sewn before continuing.

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    Sew the Header and Rod Pocket

    Sew the Curtain Header & Rod Pocket
    Sew the Header & Rod Pocket. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    • Re-press under the top raw edge 1/2 inch.
    • Press under the amount you allowed for a header facing.
    • Straight stitch the pressed-under raw edge. Back stitch the ends of the stitching.
    • Set a seam guide to guide your stitching and sew the upper line of stitching that will form the rod casing. Back stitch the ends of the stitching.

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    Sew the Curtain Panel Hem

    Sew the Curtain Hem
    Sew the Curtain Hem. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    • Re-press under the bottom raw edge 1/2 inch.
    • Turn and press the desired hem. Straight stitch or blind stitch the hem in place.
    • Repeat to sew each curtain panel.

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    Sew the Curtain Valance

    Curtain Valance
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    A valance is shorter than a curtain panel and one long strip instead of panels which can open.


    • Sew strips of fabric together to make them wide enough for the entire window width.
    • Hem and sew as you would a curtain panel

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    Sew Tiebacks

    Curtain ties
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    • Decide the width of your finished tiebacks. Double the width and add 1 inch for a seam allowance.
    • Decide the length of the desired tieback. Cut the length and width of the tieback.
    • Fold the tieback in half lengthwise, with the right sides of the fabric together, matching the raw edges.
    • Sew a seam in the raw edge using a 1/2-inch seam allowance.
    • Turn the tube right side out and press with the seam along the center or bottom edge.
    • Turn in the ends enough to enclose the raw edges. Stitch the ends to...MORE hold the raw edges in.
    • Sew a plastic ring or thread chain to the end of the tieback to use to hold the tieback to the wall.