Spruce Up Your Curtains

So my little ones totally destroyed my vertical blinds and I decided a curtain would be a better idea. When I put it up though, I found out the curtain I bought was too short! (Sadie gave a sad pose to sympathize with me in the Before Picture.) This is exactly why I save every piece of fabric I don’t use 🙂  Here’s what I did…

         

Sewing Skill: Beginner (just straight seams and top-stitching)

Materials: Fabric and Thread

Tools: Sewing Machine and Iron

Lengthening the Hem:

1. Cut a strip of fabric as wide as the extra length you need plus 2″ (I think a thick hem looks best for this), and as long as the curtain is wide plus 1″ seam allowance. Iron a 1/4″ seam along the length of one side.

2. Pin this to the bottom edge of your curtain and top stitch into place.

3. Hang your curtain and mark where you want the new hem to end just above the ground. Fold the raw edge under 1/4″ and press with the iron. Then fold under again where you want the hem to end and press with the iron. Pin and top stitch your hem.

4. To finnish the side edges of your new hem, fold the raw edge under 1/4″ and then again to hide the frays. Top-stitch into place. Here’s my new hem:

Trim the Top of the Curtain

I thought it wasn’t enough to just slap on some random fabric at the bottom. To make the new hem look like it belonged on the curtain, I added a strip of the same fabric just below the curtain rod.

1. Cut a strip of fabric 2  1/2″ wide, and as long as the curtain is wide plus 1″ for seam allowances. Fold under both long raw edges and press with the iron. Pin just below the seam line for the curtain rod pocket and top-stitch into place.

   

2. To finish the raw edges on the sides, tuck them under 1/4″ and then again to hide the frays. Then top-stitch.

Looking good now!

Make a Sash Tie-Back

1. Cut a strip of fabric 2  1/2″ wide and as long as the curtain is wide. Fold right-sides together and sew 1/4″ seam along the raw edges. be sure to leave the ends open!

2. Turn the sash right-side out, press with the iron, and top-stitch along the seam edge.

   

(by Jen)

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8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Karen
    Oct 13, 2011 @ 05:05:01

    Beautiful!!! Great idea!!!! Karen

    Reply

  2. nicci
    Oct 13, 2011 @ 07:20:25

    This is awesome Jen!

    Reply

  3. Glenda
    Oct 13, 2011 @ 11:50:31

    Great job!!!

    Reply

  4. Ana Quiroz
    Oct 13, 2011 @ 19:03:43

    Awesome idea Jen!!

    Reply

  5. CArol
    Oct 30, 2011 @ 06:26:53

    What a creative idea ~ and love the curtains! ~thanks, namaste, CArol (A Creative Harbor) linked w HIH ~ ^_^

    Reply

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