Making Curtains for your home? We've put together ten simple tips to help you get started in making your own curtains. If you're looking for a detailed step by step guide, check out our simple guide on how to make curtains.
Choose a plain curtain fabric and a small window with a standard curtain rail design to start with. Remember, keep it simple!
The additional fabric covers against shrinking as well as pattern match if applicable. The fabric you have left over after the curtains have been made can always be used elsewhere. For example, you could make some simple complimentary scatter cushions, detailed in our guide on how to make your own simple cushion covers.
In the UK, curtain tape is often sold by the metre so you will need to convert any imperial measurements into metric and rounded up to the nearest metre.
54″ + 54″ = 108″ = 2.7metres
Based on the above, we would need 3 metres of heading tape.
Unless the fabric is thick and or has a blackout treatment, you will need curtain lining to prevent light emitting through your curtains
Tape measure, tailor's chalk, scissors, pins, sewing needle and thread are all essential tools when it comes to making curtains
Even if the curtain fabric is plain it will still need to have a top. The pile must always run the same way along all of the curtains otherwise, they will not match.
The added six inches will help cover any possible shrinkage from washing. Additionally, a good size hem will also safeguard against this. If the fabric shrinks the hem can be let out to compensate for it.
If you tie only one end, when you come to gather your curtains the cord will pull out and you won’t be able to gather your curtains.
This is achieved by just attaching the lining to the top of the curtains.
It is far easier to gather them prior to hanging.