I have basic sewing skills, very basic, but I do like custom items and I refuse to pay a lot for them, so I make my elementary skills work. I would say that aside from my costuming gig, most of my stitching knowledge has been used to make curtains. Granted, there are many ways to fashion curtains without sewing at all and I am all for that, but sometimes I want a look or a fabric that I cannot readily find. The curtains that hang over my kitchen table are a perfect example.
I fell in love with the rooster fabric and I knew I wanted a very finished, custom-looking window treatment, but I didn't want the labor and hassle of a big sewing job. So I constructed a very simple rectangular valance with a coordinating fabric border and plain backing and I hung it up with clips.
My finished valance hangs on a six foot window so I needed it to have some scale. It is 16" long ~ 12" of rooster fabric, 2" top and 2" bottom of checked trim. My white liner fabric is a 16" long. I am a sloppy seamstress, so I cut each of my fabrics with almost an inch extra all the way around for seam allowance. The width of the fabric should be about one and a half times the width of the window.
I cheat all the time when I create and curtain making is no different. I do not have fancy cutting machines or straight edges. I make sure that my floor is really clean and then I lay out the fabric, measure where I need to cut and line it up with a groove in my wood floor. I run the scissors along the groove and I get a perfectly straight edge.
When all the pieces were ready, I sewed the trim onto the rooster fabric, wrong sides facing out. I ironed the seams down before I pinned the roosters to the liner, pretty sides facing in. Then I sewed them together, creating a large rectangle, leaving a small opening to turn it inside out. When complete, I ironed the panel and clipped it up to the rod.
I played around with the clips a bit until everything hung precisely the way I wanted.
No rod pockets to create, no fringe or trim to deal with, just a very simple rectangle to sew and yet the look is high end and the price was budget friendly.
They add a nice touch no matter the season!
They add a little drama and frame the space.
Of course, you can alter the measurements to suit your own window size or style. Perhaps you crave mid or floor length panels or cafe curtains, this technique lends itself to so many variations!
By all means let me know if you try this! Do you make your own curtains?