What You Need To Know About Curtain Fabrics

by : Christopher Smith

If you are handy with a sewing machine you can save serious money on your home decorating by making your own curtains and window coverings.

When making your own window coverings you are in the unique position of having almost total control over the end result. You can choose the fabric, mix and match to your hearts delight and you are only limited by your imagination, the local fabric selection, and your abilities when it comes to sewing. For your first endeavor you will probably want to go with two coordinating colors that can be used in order to achieve a layered look. You can choose to go as bold or as toned down as your would like; however it is recommended to keep your window coverings somewhat sedate so that they do not overpower the room. Soft colors are good choices because they are easily adaptable to match almost anything you will be using in conjunction and they allow sunlight into the room for that extra bit of warmth. Darker colors are thought to create an uninviting atmosphere because they do not allow sunlight to go through.

Once you have chosen your fabric, it is time to make sure you have all the proper measurements so that you are sure you aren't purchasing too much or too little of the fabric. Measuring is easiest when you begin by measuring the width then measure the height of the window using a steel measuring tape. Be sure the measurements are recorded to the nearest 1/8th of an inch.

You must additionally decide whether you will be mounting the curtains inside or outside of the windows. Inside mounted curtains provide a much slimmer look to windows while mounting your curtains outside the window will make your window appear bigger than it is. Whichever mount you prefer be sure you are taking measurements that are extremely accurate.

Now that the footwork is done is time to begin actually sewing your curtains and window treatments. You will need to first cut your fabrics to the appropriate dimensions (you may want to add an extra inch or two to be safe). Beginning at the top of the fabric you should begin stitching using a straight stitch and giving a half inch allowance. Then you should allow an inch and a half down from the top seam and begin stitching down the entire length of the side, then across the bottom edge and up the other side. You should leave a six-inch opening on each side of the edges. In order to finish you will need to come within a half inch of the top seam again.

The only thing that remains is for your to pull the and press the fabric through the six inch opening you left and hand stitch it closed. These will work with standard curtain rods that you can buy at many discount stores. Now you have your very own window coverings at a fraction of the cost.