Is it just me or is Fall flying by with a blink of an eye? I can’t believe that Halloween is quickly approaching and that our eight week Fall program at work is quickly coming to a close! I think I may finally be able to breathe a little bit! This weekend has been nice. No work, no home football game, and just time to work and get things done in the house!
I have been working on the curtains behind the scenes over here for a few weeks. Each night after a long day at work and a little family time after dinner, I would break out the sewing machine and iron and get to work. I will say that it has been great to clear my mind and keep my hands busy. It has been my me time. Any other mom’s out there find that once you had kids you started staying up later to get things done? I’ve turned into a little midnight owl for the quiet and chance to sew.
I think I can say I am learning to sew! The sewing machine and I got off to a rocky start! Once I got the hang of things, we started getting along (most of the time anyways). I can thread my own bobbin, thread the machine, and troubleshoot! Needless to say this little sewing project is slowly wrapping up. I have three panels left to go. I have sewed nine so far!
Here is what I needed for this project:
- Sewing machine (I borrowed one from my MIL)
- Needle for sewing machine and bobbins
- Curtain Fabric (I bought mine on sale from Joann’s Fabric. It has since been discontinued. I would buy home decor fabric, since it is thicker fabric and wider. Usually home decor fabric is 55 inches wide or 45 inches wide)
- Curtain Liner (Also bought on sale from Joann’s Fabric)
- Sewing Gage
I followed a tutorial from View Along the Way. You can find her tutorial here. Her tutorial is excellent! I have never sewed before, and I was able to follow it!
- Determine size of Curtains. I decided I wanted my panels to be 98 inches long.
- Cut out each panel. I bought an extra 10 inches of fabric per panel to accommodate the hem, so my fabric for each panel was 108 inches long and 45 inches wide. I also bought a liner that I cut to the size. I cut my liner to 100.5 inches long, 2.5 extra inches for hem, and 39.5 inches wide, 5.5 inches shorter than the width of my curtains. I made the hubby do the cutting, Do you see the mess in our living room?! Toys everywhere!
- Iron and sew your bottom curtain hem for your panel and liner. I used a 4 inch hem on my curtain panel fabric and a 1.5 inch hem on my liner. I folded the fabric for my curtain fabric four inches from the bottom and ironed it down. I then repeated this step and folded my curtain fabric again four inches from the bottom, ironed it down, pinned, and sewed my hem. For my liner I folded my fabric 1.5 inches from the bottom and ironed it down. I then repeated this step and folded my liner again 1.5 inches from the bottom, ironed it down, pinned, and sewed my hem.
- Attach your liner. Lay your hemmed curtain fabric right side up. The pattern should be facing up. Place your liner on top of your panel. When you place your liner on top, place it so the pretty part of the hem is facing the pattern of your fabric. This probably seems odd, but it mades a beautiful curtain when you turn it inside out! I promise! I had to read the directions here a few times. Your liner should be 1.5 inches down from the start of your curtain panel. Line up with the edge of your liner to the left edge of the panel. Pin your liner to your panel.
Stay tuned to see how to attach the rest of your liner! Part II will be coming soon! In the meantime choose some fabric and start on your own panels! If I can do it, you can do it! Seriously, I had not used a sewing machine since 7th grade home economics class until this project! So far so good over here!