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Materials Needed to Sew Simple Curtains
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.Continue to 2 of 7 below.
02 of 07
Turn and Press Raw Edges
Continue to 3 of 7 below.
- 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.
03 of 07
Continue to 4 of 7 below.
- 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.
04 of 07
Sew the Header and Rod Pocket
Continue to 5 of 7 below.
- 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.
05 of 07
Sew the Curtain Panel Hem
Continue to 6 of 7 below.
- 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.
06 of 07
Sew the Curtain Valance
A valance is shorter than a curtain panel and one long strip instead of panels which can open.
Continue to 7 of 7 below.
- Sew strips of fabric together to make them wide enough for the entire window width.
- Hem and sew as you would a curtain panel
07 of 07
- 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... 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.