You have almost finished redecorating your daughter or son’s bedroom, and you need to decide on window treatments. You could pick up the ones you saw in the window at the store, or you could make them yourself. It is not hard to do. Let’s set it up.
The first thing you are going to need to do is take down some basic measurements. The width measurement of the fabric should be 1 ½ times the width of the window plus 8” (for a 1 ½ “hem on all 4 sides). This to insure the finished look has the correct fullness. Then measure the length plus 6” to allow for 4”hem on the bottom and 2” hem on top. Purchase an additional ½ yard of material for tabs.
Now choose your fabric. If the fabric you choose is sheer and you do not want it to be sheer, then you will need to purchase lining material of the same length minus 1 1/2 “. Now that you have your fabric and measurements you will need the hardware. Purchase whichever type of rod you like, make sure that the rod fits the window measurements not the fabric measurements.
Now you are ready to begin. Start by making the tabs. Right side facing cut an 8“wide strip of fabric and fold in half. Stitch a ½ “seam and turn to the right side. Position the seam to the center back and press. Cut approx. 10 to 12 pieces, 12” long and fold in half.
You will need two panels. Fold over ½ “on each side (4 sides in total) and press. Then fold over 1 ½ “on each side and press in place. Stitch down the hem. Repeat this process on the remaining sides. (Note if you are lining the curtains, then attach the lining to the panels on the sides.). Turn over ½ “for top hem and press in place. Fold over 1 ½”. Place the ends of the tab under the folded hem at the top of the curtain and stitch. Fold tab up, turn the curtain to the right side, and stitch across leaving 3 “to 5” between each tab. Place a tab at each end and work toward the middle.
Finish the curtains by folding over ½” and press, then fold over 3 ½” for the bottom hem. Stitch hem in place, press once more, and you are ready to hang.