Paint may be the easiest way to update the appearance and feel of a space, but cloths come in a close second. Textiles add color, elegance and texture to a room and can quickly change the design and feel with minimal work.
I’ve been on the search for the ideal cloth for our living room for months. I wanted something which complemented the soft blue-gray walls but additionally added color and pattern. I stumbled upon Covington’s Wilmington Multi Fabric and understood it would be an ideal addition. While the paisley pattern can be too traditional for some, it may feel quite modern once you pair it together with the ideal decor and accessories.
Before you create a single cut fabric for new window treatments, consider the numerous styles and customization options. What height are you going to mount the curtain rod at? How broad will the curtains span? What style drape shirt is right for your room’s style? Can there be a repeat on the fabric’s blueprint to take into consideration?
I created easy sag-top panels to flank our window with Covington’s Wilmington Multi Fabric and clip-on curtain rings. To utilize the cloth best and remain on funding, I created narrow curtain panels to flank a fundamental white drape by cutting the cloth in half lengthwise. This gave me two panels which have been 25 inches wide when finished.
Materials and supplies:
Fabric (I purchased 3 yards of cloth to create 2 91- by 25-inch curtain panels)
Sewing machine or no-sew hemming tape
Whenever you have a good strategy, have taken measurements and have inspected your fabric, you are all set to cut the cloth to the proper width and length.
Note: Add a couple inches to each dimension to allow for hemming. As I was producing sag-top curtains to flank the window, then I added 5 inches to the length and 2 inches to the width. Be sure to take the curtain shirt into consideration, since the style of shirt will add or take away length from the final dimensions.
Ordinarily, panels must appear ample and should drape if closed, so they should have a combined width that is just two to two and a half times the width of the window. If you are hanging curtains just to frame a window, just like I did, it is possible to go down to one and a half times the width.
To keep the fabric edges from fraying and to give you a fresh hem, start by bending each edge over by 1/2 inch. Fold it over onto itself a different 1/2 inch and pin in place — this can take 1 inch of cloth complete on each edge.
With your sewing machine, sew a straight stitch to maintain each edge in place, about 1/8 inch from the inner edge. Do not have a sewing machine? Use no-sew hemming tape, such as Stitch Witchery, to create exactly the exact same finished appearance.
Repeat the identical procedure with the top and bottom. I created a 1 1/2-inch shirt hem — 3 inches of cloth total — and also a hem. The particular hem measurements will depend on the curtain-top style you’ve chosen.
Here’s a snapshot of the finished top hem.
Twist the curtain rings equivalent distance apart, starting from the outer edge.
These easy curtains are just the ideal touch of color and layout to create our room more sophisticated but still look young and vibrant.
Have extra fabric left over? Use it to create coordinating cushions or tiebacks.