Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Sew A Quick Curtain!

My daughter came up the other day and brought me a sheet that she purchased.  She had bought a comforter and a sheet set for her 3 year old son's room.  They did not carry curtains to match, so she bought an extra flat sheet and asked if I could make curtains.  Of course,  isn't that what Mama's are for!!  She sent me the size of the window and here is how I made them.  I removed the larger hem which would be the top of the sheet.  I then made a small cut in the center of the sheet and tore it all the way down the middle.  This left me with a raw edge on one side of the sheet and a sewn edge on the other. I measured the sewn edge and it measured 1/2 inch and I wanted both sides to match.  So, I folded the raw edge on the other side over 1/2 inch and pressed and then folded another 1/2 inch and pressed again.  I then sewed this edge. Now both edges were the same.

There was still a sewn edge on the top of the curtain and I folded that down 2 inches and sewed it across. That will be where the curtain rod goes.   Now all I had left to do was put in a hem.  I folded up 1/2 inch and pressed and folded up again 2 inches and sewed across and the curtains were finished.  This was exactly what she wanted.  I was lucky because the sheet was exactly the size that I needed to make the curtains.  You could always make adjustments if the hem would be to long.  Now he has curtains in his room that match and it was so easy to do and cost less money also!!


Katy Cameron said...

Glad you were able to help her out.

Now the maths geek in me is dying to know, what's that rulery thing you're measuring your seams and pressing with, and where can I get one?

Cynthia Dickerson said...

Hi Katy,

I just did a post on the Dritz Ezy-Hem tool. Hope this answers all your questions, if not just give me a shout!

Katy Cameron said...

Thank you, it did, although they won't ship outside the US - grr. I have connections though ;o)

Cynthai said...

Hi Katy,

I hope your able to get one. I use this all the time and love it! Do you have someone in the states who can get it for you?