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Video:How to Make Window Curtains

with Jen D'Amore

Make window curtains at home for an easy and fun way to save you money, and a unique look for your space. Here is an easy way to make window curtains.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Make Window Curtains

Hi, I'm Jen D'Amore for About.com and I'm going to show you how to make curtains. Making your own curtains is easy and fun and can save you money, but best of all It allows you to create a unique look for your space depending on the fabric you choose.

Supplies to Make Window Curtains

You'll need:
  • fabric
  • thread
  • sewing machine or stitching needle
  • pins
  • scissors
  • measuring tape or ruler
  • iron
  • and ironing board

Tips to Make Window Curtains

A crease from a hot iron can really help you to get those measurements consistent, and keep things in place while you sew.

When choosing fabric, consider the amount of light you'd like to filter through as well as the color that will be cast in the room as the sun comes through. If you really want to block out light, consider using blackout fabric as a liner.

Create the Window Curtains

Before you begin, take note of the front and the back of the fabric. This will be obvious with some fabrics, and a little trickier with others. If you aren't sure, just be consistent with all of your panels. If there is a design, decide which way is up, and make sure you're consistent with that as well.

You'll need fabric that is much wider than your window, so get the widest fabric you can get for each panel.

If you're using raw fabric, the first thing you want to do is hem the edges. Fold over 5/8" and crease it with an iron. Then fold it over again, and sew it to create a finished edge.
Tapestries or thick sheets are great to use. Their edges are already refined, cutting your work in half.

For the simplest curtain top, fold over enough fabric to circle the curtain rod, and hang freely. The idea is for this to hang, rather than to be a tight fit.

Match up the edges, pin, and measure the distance to the top. Then measure and pin all the way across the top, and sew.

Create a fat hem at the bottom that matches the top. You can cut the fabric to lay just below the window, or let it puddle on the ground.

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