Tuesday, September 25, 2012

It's Curtains!...For My Mom!

Ok, so my dad has a cabin in the mountains...
And it's basically a no running water, bucket flush, man oasis!
Ignore the blurry baby, and you get the general idea!
Except recently my dad has begun making improvements in order to persuade my mom that it can be a Woman's oasis too.
Long story short, the cabin now has solar power, some new furniture, and, once I finish them, curtains!  (yes, sadly there is still no running water)
And, I thought I'd share my curtain making methods with you!
The first step is to get your measurements...
Once you get your width measured, add an inch (for hemming the sides and hiding the rough edges)
And once you get your height measurement, add anywhere from 3-5" depending on the curtain rod size and hem length desired. 
 (I added 5" 3" for rod space, and 2" for the hem)
Now you need to finish all the edges with a zig zag stitch or serger.
I am working with a heavier fabric, twill, and while it is more durable than cotton, it frays much more easily, so this step is especially important!
Then you want to fold over the side edges by 1/2" and press them. 
And sew them in place using a 1/4" seam allowance.
(And if you are noticing in the picture that the edge is not finished...yes, I forgot...learn from my mistakes people!)
Once the sides have been sewn, you will want to fold the top edge down 3" (or however much you determined you needed for the rod) and press.
You can also go ahead and fold and press the hem at this point. (my hem was 2")
When you sew the top edge, you want to make sure that you sew leaving enough room for your rod to slide through.
Like sew...small humor :)
Hem, and your done!
You made curtains!
What's that?  You like my pillow?
Tune in tomorrow for a tutorial on how to cover an ugly pillow, no zippers, no buttons, no hand sewing!
And it only takes one piece of fabric!


  1. Ohhhh I love this fabric! It's going to add a nice, modern *pop* to the cabin!

    1. It took a little work to convince her it was the right choice, but I love it too!

  2. I'm very excited! I thought you weren't going to be able to get to this project for several weeks yet. Go you!!!