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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.
- Panel cut to length and seamed to the desired width
- Measuring tool
- Iron and Ironing board
- Sewing machine
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02 of 07
Turn and Press Raw Edges
- 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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- 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
- 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
- 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
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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- 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.