It’s not only stylish but can also be very functional.You can make your own curtain fabric by picking out a strip of fabric with evenly-spaced holes.Once you know the size of your curtain panels, you can cut holes in the fabric for each eyelet.Attach the snap-together rings to your curtains.Your new custom-made curtains will be ready to hang in no time.
Step 1: The curtain rod is above the window.
Before you cut out any fabric, choose and install your curtain rod.The curtain rod and window frame can be used to help you decide how long and wide your curtains should be.You should leave a few inches of space between the curtain rod and ceiling if you are mounting it near the ceiling.If you want to place your curtain rod above the top hem of your curtains, you need to factor in a little clearance.The curtain rod should be 4 to 6 in above the window.The taller your space is, the longer your curtains need to be.
Step 2: Get snap-together rings and tape.
Look online or in a fabric store for “drapery eyelet heading tape” or “eyelet curtain tape.” Eyelets are commonly referred to as grommets so try using this search term as well.If you choose the material and style of the rings, make sure they are wider than the diameter of your curtain rod.Pick out a tape with the same diameter holes as the rings.Pick up products from the same manufacturer to make sure you get a good fit.Some brands make the front and back pieces of the ring separately.Either option will work out.
Step 3: You should measure from the curtain rod to where you want the bottom to sit.
Determine how long you should make your curtains by using a tape measure.Measure from the top of the curtain rod down to the hem of your curtain panel.The length is dependent on how long you want to make the curtains.There are Curtains that look nice in a number of lengths.You could have them fall on the floor or below the windowsill.It is up to you!60 in (150 cm) is the distance from the top of the curtain rod to the floor.
Step 4: If you want a curtain length measurement, add 16 in.
Adding more fabric is needed to account for the top and bottom hems.If you don’t know how long you want your curtains to be, add 16 in to your curtain fabric length.When you cut out the fabric, you will use this length.If you measured 60 in from the curtain rod to the floor, your new length will be 76 in.
Step 5: You should add 8 in (20 cm) to your curtain width.
Determine how wide each curtain panel should be based on the width of the window frame.To leave enough fabric for the left and right hems, add 8 in (20 cm) to this number.You can use this number as your curtain width.If you plan to draw them closed, the combined width of your curtain panel(s) should measure about 2 or 2 1/2 times wider than your window frame.You can make the panel narrower by 1 1/2 times if you want to leave the curtains open.If you want each curtain panel to be 50 in (130 cm) wide, you need a piece of fabric larger than 58 in (150 cm).
Step 6: Measure the length and width of the curtain fabric.
You can choose a non-stretch woven fabric.The wrong side of your fabric should be facing you.To transfer curtain fabric length and width measurement onto the wrong side of your fabric, use a ruler, a pencil, and a tailor’s chalk.If you want to make 2 curtain panels, draw them out separately or use a dividing center line.The extra fabric for the hems is included in the measurements.If you use a patterned fabric, be sure to orient it in the right direction.A variety of fabrics work well for curtains.A heavy damask can add opulent texture to your windows, while cotton voile can make breezy sheers.
Step 7: The curtain fabric should be cut along the lines.
To cut out the panels, use fabric shears.It’s important to keep your cutting lines straight.Cut along the center line to separate the 2 curtain panels if you marked them out.Use pinking shears for fabric that is easy to break.
Step 8: The curtain panel needs an even number of eyelets.
It is important to remember this when cutting and laying out tape.You will be able to arrange the pleats correctly when you hang up your curtains.The curtain panel will fold back towards the wall with an even number of eyelets.You will end up with one side pointing out towards the room instead of the wall.The side seam will not look very crisp.
Step 9: To match the width of your curtain fabric, cut a length of eyelet tape.
If you want to eyeball the width of the curtain fabric, you can use the eyelet tape to measure it to the same width.Cut 1 piece for each curtain panel once you know how much tape you need.You will need an even number of eyelets.The curtain fabric will be used in the hems on the left and right sides if the tape is up to 8 in.If you determine that you need 11 eyelets, you can subtract 1 and cut a length of tape containing 10.It is okay if the tape is slightly shorter because you will eventually center it along the top of the curtain panel.
Step 10: The curtain fabric should be pressed down by 2 in.
Place the curtain fabric on the wrong side.The curtain fabric should be folded over towards the wrong side of the fabric along the top side.Put the fold in place with an iron.
Step 11: The curtain fabric has a folded top.
With the wrong side of the curtain fabric facing you, lay out your tape along the top edge.If you want to cover the edge of your curtain fabric, overlap the top of the tape.The top edge of the tape needs to be secured with pins through the layers of material.Put insert pins along the bottom edge of the tape to smooth it out.The folded edge should be positioned below the top of the eyelet.You have 2 in (5.1 cm) of curtain fabric sitting above the curtain rod.Make sure there is the same amount of space between the farthest eyelets and the edge of the fabric on either side when centering the tape.Since 4 in (10 cm) of fabric will be used for the hems on either side, make sure you don’t have any eyelets touching the left and right sides of your curtain panel.
Step 12: Attach the top and bottom sides of the tape to the fabric.
Take the curtain panel with you to the sewing machine.You can backstitch at the start and end of your row of stitches by running a machine straight stitch along the top edge of the tape.Then sew along the bottom edge of the tape.You can see 2 rows of stitching from the right side if you use thread that coordinates with your curtain fabric.You are stitching down the tape and hemming the curtain panel at the same time.
Step 13: Take a pencil or chalk and trace the inside of the hole.
You can mark out where the holes should be in the curtain fabric.Run a pencil or chalk along the inside of the eyelet as you hold the tape down.When you are done, you will have a series of circles drawn on your fabric.If you want extra stability, place a pin on either side of the hole.Make sure you can see your marks on the wrong side of the curtain fabric.
Step 14: Attach the holes in the fabric to the lines.
To cut out the circles you drew, use fabric shears.To make a small fold in the center of the circle, pinch the curtain fabric and clip it with your scissors.Cut across to the marked line and make small cuts all the way around the circle.Don’t cut into the tape.Lift up the tape with your finger.If you cut past the line, you will end up with holes that are too big for the rings.When you are done, you can discard the circular fabric cutouts.
Step 15: Attach the front and back pieces to the fabric.
The right side of the fabric faces you if you flip over the curtain panel.The front and back pieces need to be snapped together over the holes.The raw edges of the hole will be concealed by sandwiching the fabric to the tape.Some types of tape have the back pieces attached, but not all.All you need to do is press the front pieces together.Line up the backs to the fronts around the holes in the tape if it doesn’t come with the built-in back pieces.
Step 16: The hem needs to be pressed with an iron.
You don’t need to do any additional stitching or folding along the top hem since the eyelet tape is covering up the raw edges.To add a crisp crease, use an iron to press along the top fold.
Step 17: The curtain panel has a double-folded hem.
To hide the raw edges of the fabric, fold the cut bottom edge towards the wrong side.Press along the fold with an iron.The folded bottom edge should be turned up by another 10 in.Attach the hem with a machine straight stitch.The depth of this hem adds weight to the curtain panel.Thanks to the extra weight at the bottom, your curtains will hang straighter.They look like curtains rather than scraps of fabric.
Step 18: There is a double-folded hem on the left and right sides of the curtain panel.
Working on one side at a time, turn the raw edge towards the wrong side of the fabric.The raw edges are hidden when you fold it over.Use pins to hold the double-folded hem in place and then sew down each side hem using a machine straight stitch.Use an iron to press the folds.