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Making curtains is a quick way to update a room, and they are so easy to make!
Hi, I'm Angela Wolf! I'm going to show you how to make these curtains with stylish grommets. Start by measuring your window.
Measure from the curtain rod down to where you want the curtains to end. Take this measurement and add 16 inches - I will show you what that is for in a minute.
Next measure the width of the window. Double this measurement if you want a nice full curtain.
In this case, these unlined curtains are more for decoration, so I simply used the fabric right off the bolt,
in one long piece with a width of 44 inches from selvage to selvage.
Trim off the selvages first. The fabric is woven tighter in the selvage area - these would spoil the drape of your fabric - so get rid of them!
Starting with the sides of the curtains, turn the fabric under 1" toward the wrong side and press. Use a clapper if you have one to get a crisp crease. Then turn the fabric under 1 more inch and press again. Now you are ready to stitch the fold in place.
Three layers of thick home dec weight fabric is pretty thick, so I'm using a #14 denim jean needle, which will stand up to the task!
Line up the needle about 1/8" in from the fold and stitch using a stitch length of 3.0. To keep things on the straight and narrow remember to use the seam allowance guide. Do the same down the other side of the curtain.
Now for your curtain hem. The weight of a larger hem allowance will help your curtains hang better.
Measure and mark 3" from the bottom and mark with tailor's chalk. Turn up and press. Then turn the hem over another 3" and press again.
To start stitching you'll have to get your foot over this hump of fabric. One option is to place a piece of folded fabric behind your foot to make it more level. Or, if your presser foot has a black button like this, you can use that to level it up. Stitch along the folded edge, the same way you did on the sides.
OK, let's move to the top of the curtain!
Mark your pressing line with chalk, 5" from the top to leave enough room for the grommets. Turn under toward the wrong side and press.
Fold the edge over another 5" and press.
And stitch closely along the folded edge the same way you did the hem.
Now for the grommets! I'm spacing out the markings for my grommets 2 and a half inches from the top and sides, with a 9 inch space between them.
Use the templates that come with the grommets and trace around the circle. Do this for each grommet and then carefully cut out the holes.
The grommet bottom piece of each has a raised center - place that in the hole from the right side, just like this. On the other side, position the other half of the grommet over the center. Then simply use your hand to press down and close the grommet. See how professional that looks?
And that's it! Slide the curtain onto the curtain rod and you are all set!