Lets Make Curtains

Lets Make Curtains

Pastel checks are combined with a pale green base on these simple unlined curtains to give any room a light and airy feel without being too feminine. Don’t be hesitant about working with checked fabrics. it is surprisingly easy!

Size: To fit a track 250cm (100 in) long, with finished length of 230cm (92in).


You Will Need:
10.75cm (12yd) fabric, 137cm (54in) wide, with design repeat of 25cm (10 in)
(see below for how this amount was worked out)
5.4m (6yd) heading tape
Matching thread

Calculating Quantities

These curtains were made to fit a track 250cm (100 in) long, and their finished length was designed to be 230cm (92in).

The fabric was 137cm (54 in) wide, with a design repeat of 25cm (10in). The heading tape chosen requires double fullness of curtain fabric.

Taking these measurements, the ideal finished width of the pair of curtains is 500cm (200in)to give the double fullness required by the heading tape, so that each curtain has a finished width of 250cm (100 in). As the fabric was 137cm (54in) wide, two widths of fabric were needed for each curtain, making a total of four widths for the pair. Each fabric width needed to be 250cm (100in) long, including a 20cm (8in) allowance for the top and hem, so 10m (11 1/4 yd) would be needed for the four lengths. As there were four widths needed, onto this was added three times the design repeat of 25cm (10 in). So, onto the original 10m (11 ¼ yd), an extra 75cm (30in) had to be added, making a total fabric requirement of 10.75m (12yd).

Each finished curtain was to be 250cm (100 in) wide. Allowing 20cm (8in) extra for each curtain for turnings, 5.4m (6yd) of head¬ing tape was needed for the com¬plete pair.

Cutting Out

Checked fabrics are actually very easy to cut out when making curtains you simply follow the lines of the check!

When making anything from a checked fabric, it is a good idea to give some thought to exactly where the finished hem line will fall within the check.

Always try to position the hem line so that it falls at the bottom of the broadest band of colour. This checked fab¬ric consists of multicoloured pastel stripes running vertically along each length, with the horizontal stripes being simple wide bands of pale and slightly darker green. Where the two shades of green meet, there is a contrast peach line. To give a clean, unbroken look to the lower edge of the curtain, the hem line was posi-tioned at the bottom of the darker band of green but above the peach stripe.

When working with a checked fabric, the hem line is probably more important than where the checks fall at the top, so it is best to measure everything from the bottom upwards! Start by cutting across the fabric at a generous hem depth below your chosen hem line point. Measuring up from the chosen hem point, mark where the top of the finished curtain will fall, add an allowanceat the top for attaching the heading tape and then cut across the fabric at this point. This is your first length. Cut the remaining lengths to match this one.

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Making Up

Follow the instructions given on pages 21-24 for making up the curtains. However, when workig with checked fabric, look at the check before starting to sew the lengths of fabric together to seewhether it is symmetrical, both in design and its positioning across the fabric width. The check used here is symmetrical but its posi¬tioning on the fabric was not – near one selvedge there was a grey/blue stripe while a pink/ yellow stripe ran along the other selvedge. To make joining the lengths easier, these curtains were joined midway between the vertical stripes, meaning that only the horizontal bands of colour needed to be matched. This also meant that the two curtains are not a mirror reflection of each other, but two identical curtains, so that the vertical stripes con¬tinue across the closed curtains correctly. In order to do this, it was necessary to trim away a fairly wide band of fabric along the selvedges to be joined.

When joining the lengths for each curtain, ensure that hori¬zontal bands of colour forming the checks match. Pin the two layers of fabric together every 15-20cm (6-8in) or at every focal point of the check like the peach stripe on these curtains. Place the pins at right angles to the seam line and stitch the seam carefully, sewing slowly over the pins.


Consideration also needs to be given to the positioning of the hem line along the edges of the curtains. As with the lower hem edge, try to position it against a wide band of colour. The finished side edges of these curtains were placed so that they fell just before the next vertical band of colour, leaving a wide band of just the horizontal colours showing.

Normally you would finish the top of the curtain before making the hem but, as the hem point is critical when working with checks, make the hem first and then measure up from here to work out where to fold over the fabric at the top when attaching the heading tape. Any extra allowance should be trimmed away from the upper, not the lower, edge of the curtains to ensure the hem line falls in the correct position.

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