It seems I am always settling when it comes to buying curtains. They are my favorite way to make a space feel more homey, but, since they are so expensive, I end up with shorter and/or less full curtains than I’d really like. After making a few throw pillows and a few placemats, I felt ready to tackle a bigger project and I knew curtains were the perfect thing. Some friends of ours are having a baby next month and when they learned I was going to try my hand at making curtains they asked if the curtains for their nursery could be the guinea pig. I was a little nervous to say yes, because it’s one thing to hang curtains you’ve made mistakes on in your own home, but an entirely different thing to have them hanging in someone else’s home. But I realized it would be the motivation I needed to not procrastinate on this project so I welcomed the challenge.
My teacher: ZJ Humbach with National Sewing Circle
The Process: Having a large dining table to work on, an iron to help make my seams look professional, and a trick from ZJ on sewing in a straight line made this project much easier in some ways than the last two had been. We saved money by buying the end of a bolt with just enough fabric on it for this project, but when I got home I realized a huge section of the bottom was discolored. That meant I lost a lot of inches that I didn’t have to lose, cutting off the area that was discolored. To make up for the loss of fabric I had to make the bottom hem and top header smaller than I would have liked. So note to self on next project: buy more fabric than you need. Also, next time I’ll need to dig out my T-Square Ruler because I still can’t cut in a straight line.
The trick that I learned from ZJ that really changed my life on this project was to tape a ruler to my sewing machine at the distance I wanted the stitch to be from the edge of the fabric. Then I guided the edge of my fabric along the edge of the ruler and was able to sew in a straight line every time!
All in all, I was very impressed that I was able to make curtains. I learned a lot and am excited to make some for mine and Rob’s bedroom someday soon. My friends were also happy with the outcome and with the curtains being the finishing touch, they are ready for the little one to arrive!
Have you ever made curtains? Also, I need suggestions on my next sewing project!