Recently I showed the evolution of my daughter’s room CLICK HERE. I mentioned that I was making curtains, and today I’m sharing a tutorial for making these embroidered blue curtains. The post is sponsored by CALICO. The fabric I chose is a Charlotte Moss fabric called Lira, color – Watercolor.
This is part of the French Country Friday series. so be sure to check at the bottom of the post to see the other bloggers joining me.
I have a fascination with embroidered fabric and this one is so fresh and pretty. I tried to get some close up photos so you can see the details.
I felt the room was looking a bit dark and here’s a before and after together. As you can see for the after I also changed out the rug and rearranged the furniture.
I think the new curtains look so fresh. They are perfect for spring. I tossed a throw over the chair so it would work better in the room, and removed the other furniture. I also moved the 3 canvases from the side of the room to above the bed. I love the new look!!! The verdict is in. Most of you think the dressers are too dark. I agree. That might be my next painting project. The chair will get a new slipcover soon too!
Now onto the curtains. For my room, I measured from the top of the rod to the floor.
Here is how I figured how long to cut the fabric.
distance from curtain rod to floor – 104.5 inches
+ 1 inch for a trouser pleat
+ 3.25 inches for the rod pocket at top
+ 4 inches for the hem at bottom
= 112.75 inches.
Your measurements will probably be different.
I bought fabric to do a liner, but in the end, decided against it. This room does not get a lot of direct light. If your curtains will be hit with a lot of direct sunlight, then I highly recommend doing a liner. Otherwise, I think it isn’t important. If you want the room to be dark when the curtains are pulled closed, then you need a liner.
Another thing I recommend are weights for the bottom of the curtain. I didn’t have any when I made the curtains, but I’ll be adding them as soon as I can go buy some. They make the curtains look better and more professional. They can be slipped in the bottom hem at both ends.
Now for the width you tradtionally measure the width of your window and double it to get the width of your fabric. I was planning to do that, but when I removed my current curtains, they were only about 55 inches wide. So I decided to make these curtains the width of the previous curtains, which is one width of fabric. I still may add more fabric to each panel. I am thinking about it. The curtains would look fuller, but I don’t want to cover the window.
First I cut the fabric, then hemmed the sides.
Next I pressed down the top of the fabric 1/2 inch. Then I pressed it over again 2.75 inches. Then I sewed it to create a rod pocket. For the hem, I pressed it over 3/4 inch.
Then the second pressing, I folded it over 3 1/4 inch.
You can do a regular stitch along the bottom if you choose, but I did a blind hem stitch. This stitch conceals the stitch so it is difficult to see from the right side. You’ll need to consult your machine for instructions on how to do a blind hem stitch, since each machine is different. After sewing a blind hem stitch, when you remove the fabric from your machine, it will have this crease in the fabric, but it comes out when you press it.
The new curtains give the room such a fresh look. I can’t wait to work on the dressers so they are lighter and work with the room better.