First things first. Before you start you may want to go to our "Designing Window Treatments" page to get ideas on what your final look can acheive. Then you may wish to go to our "Types of Curtains Rods" page to choose the style of rods to use. If you have purchased lace by the yard, have basic sewing knowledge of and access to a sewing machine, you can make a beautiful curtain in a short amount of time. Learning how to sew lace curtains is a very easy matter. We have quite a few lace curtain patterns using lace fabric from our collection that can make a big difference in the "look" of your room, adding color and style to your decor. At Olde Worlde Lace we try to make ordering curtain lace by the yard very easy. Once lace yardage is made into lace curtains, it is easy to hang them just where you want them. With these simple step-by-step Lace Curtain sewing instructions, you can: (1.) Measure your window and (2.) purchase the correct amount of fabric; and (3) install the curtains on your windows.
Equipment and Supplies
As in any project, it helps to know what equipment and supplies you are going to need before you get started. To sew a lace curtain you will need the following equipment and supplies.
First you will need the following tools:
Paper and Pencil
Iron and Ironing Board
Also you will need these sewing items:
Sewing Machine in good working order
Clear Polyester Thread
To install curtain inside the window frame:
Spring Tension Rod
To install on the wall outside of the window frame:
Cafe style Curtain Rod and Brackets
Screws or Molly Bolts
You are probably ready to start sewing right away but there is a certain order of things that needs to be accomplished first.
Note: Since the size of the window determines the amount of material you then you will first need to measure the window.
Before you can sit down at your sewing machine and begin to sew you must:
Decide what type of curtain rod you want to use.
Measure the window
Purchase the curtain lace fabric and rod
Cut the curtain pieces out of the fabric
Decide what type of curtain rod to use. A simple curtain can be hung with a cafe style curtain rod or a spring tension rod. Mounting a spring tension rod does not require any hardware and installs the curtain inside the window frame. A wall mount cafe style curtain rod must be hung with brackets that are affixed to the wall side of the window frame and hangs the curtain outside of the window frame against the wall. Before you go any further you must decide where on the window you want the curtain to hang and what kind of curtain rod you will need.
Measuring the window
The measurements you take here will determine the success or failure of your curtain making project. Remember the old saying "MEASURE TWICE AND CUT ONCE". Refer to the diagram below as you measure your window in the following manner:
You need your pencil, paper and measuring tape.
Decide how long or short you want the curtain to be.
Measure the width of the window. For a curtain that will fit inside the window frame you measure from the inside of one corner to the inside of the other corner. For a curtain that fits outside the window frame you measure between the width from outside the window frame as wide as you wish.
Write down your measurement in inches.
Measure the desired length of your finished curtain, in the case of an outside mounted curtain, above and below the windowwhere you want the curtain. For an inside the frame curtain measure from sill to the top of the rod.
Always figure your width(side to side) and length (up and down) measurements in inches
Figure 1. Measuring the window
Time to purchase the fabric and curtain rod. You will need to figure the amount of material you will need including allowing for a pattern repeat.
To determine how much lace material you will need:
Get your pencil, paper and calculator.
Determine how full you wish to have the gather of material. As an example, all of the Heritage Lace Curtain pictures are shown as 1 1/2 fullness. This means that if your rod is 60 inches you would need a curtain that has a finished width of 90 inches (1 1/2 X 60 = 90). You would need two widths of 45" to 55" fabric. You can use a fullness up to as great as 3 times as in custom lace window treatments if you wish. If your rod size is larger and your answer is wider than the width of the fabric that you are using you will need at least two or even more widths sewn together.
IF THIS IS YOUR FIRST EXPERIENCE AT SEWING THIS CAN SOUND COMPLICATED. YOU ARE WELCOME TO GIVE US A CALL ON OUR TOLL FREE 1-855-478-LACE (5223) NUMBER OR EMAIL US ON OUR "CONTACT PAGE". WE WILL BE HAPPY TO FIGURE ALL OF THIS FOR YOU. JUST GIVE US YOUR CHOICE OF PATTERN, ROD WIDTH, DESIRED FULLNESS, FINISHED LENGTH AND THE SIZE OF YOUR ROD POCKET AND BOTTOM HEM. WE WILL FIGURE THE AMOUNT OF LACE YARDAGE YOU NEED AND TELL YOU HOW MANY INCHES IN LENGTH TO CUT EACH PIECE.
Cutting the curtain pieces (widths)
Let me remind you to MEASURE TWICE AND CUT ONCE. Follow these steps to cut each width to length:
Sewing the Curtain
After all that preparation it is finally time to start sewing. Remember that the wrong side of a fabric is the side which you do not want to show. The fabric design and pattern are usually not as attractive on the wrong side. In any case decide which side is up and always use the same side up on all pieces. There are three steps involved in sewing your curtain:
Sewing the widths together in order to match the pattern after cutting off the borders (selvedge) on each side of the fabric.
Repeat this for as many widths as are will be included in the finished curtain.
Hemming the sides and bottom of the curtain. If you want your curtain to have a finished professional look you should hem the sides and bottom first and then the top pocket and ruffle.
Follow these steps to hem the sides and bottom of the curtain:
You are finished with the curtain and can now mount it on the wall.
Installing the Curtain Rod and Hanging the Curtain
The way you install the curtain rod will greatly affect the look of your new curtain. After all the effort you put into making the curtain you do not want it to hang crooked or fall down.
Note: If you are mounting the curtain rod outside the window frame on a part of the wall that is not backed by a wooden stud or header I strongly recommend that you use molly bolts (or similar device) instead of screws to affix the brackets. This will prevent the curtain rod brackets from pulling out of the wall.
Note: Make sure you really want that molly bolt where you are placing it because once it is in the sleeve can not be removed without making a large hole in the wall.
Installing the curtain rod. Installing a curtain rod need not be difficult or time consuming. If you choose to use a spring tension rod all you have to do is place the curtain on the rod, push the ends of the rod together until the rod is short enough to fit inside the window frame. Place the rod inside the frame and let the rod expand until it fits snugly against each side of the window. To install a cafe style curtain rod uou need the following tools:
Now you are ready to install the curtain rod using the following steps:
Hanging the curtain. Now you are ready for the last and easiest step of all which is hanging your new curtain. Just follow these steps:
You may want to continue on and make 3 or 4 inch wide tiebacks and valances to further enhance the look you want. Give yourself a big pat on the back for taking the time to make your curtain and then relax with a cup of coffee while you plan your next home decorating project.
|We wish you the best of luck in your decorating endeavors.
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