Fall is the perfect season to update your window treatments in your new home. Opt for natural fibers such as linen to provide texture and warmth, for a cozy feel.
DIY Linen Window Treatments
By Emma Jeffery
- Ideal for all-purpose cutting through fabrics like silk, oil cloth, light leather, polyester, cotton, crepe, felt and much more
- RazorEdge™ Shears feature ultra-sharp, premium-grade stainless-steel blades with a precisely honed edge that glides through fabric for clean cuts all the way to the tip
- Unique handle shape lets you lay fabric flat and minimizes lifting while you work for more accurate tabletop cutting
- Advanced pivot design delivers our smoothest cutting action ever
- Exceptional comfort and control provided by thumb and finger loops with ergonomic sculpting to fit the shape and natural movement of the hand
- Protective sheath keeps the blades safe and protected
- Length: 8"
- Lifetime warranty
- RazorEdge™ Fabric Shears for Tabletop Cutting (8")
- Ideal for measuring and making precise, clean cuts through fabric when strip cutting, cutting long swaths, cutting basic shapes like triangles and more
- Ergonomic handle and a 45 mm rotary blade make smooth, confident cuts through multiple layers of fabric easy
- Spring-activated blade only engages when in use
- Built-in ruler features a 6" x 24" measuring grid with highlighted numbers that are easy to see on light or dark fabric
- Grid is clearly printed on both sides for easy right- and left-handed use
- Bias lines make it easy to measure angles before cutting
- Rail design prevents lint build up
- Traction strip provides excellent stability while cutting
- Magnetic system provides easy, safe, no-touch blade change (extra blades and magnetic blade change tool sold separately, see item 195120-1001)
- Built-in handle offers convenient transportation
- Lifetime warranty
- Rotary Cutter and Ruler Combo (6" x 24")
- Extra-large mat provides ample space for all your fabric-cutting needs
- Self-healing mat provides a cutting surface that lasts longer than others
- Easy-to-read measuring grid on both sides means you can turn the mat over for double the usage
- Quilting square makes measuring and cutting perfect squares for quilts easy
- 30-, 45- and 60-degree bias lines make creating triangle and star shapes easy
- Store flat away from sunlight, heat and cold
- Clean with warm water and mild soap
- Lifetime warranty
- Fashion Cutting Mat (24" x 36")
Designed for clean, crisp cuts through fabric, these premium fabric shears feature ultra-sharp blades ideal for all-purpose tasks and a unique handle shape for more accurate tabletop cutting.
Specifically designed to cut multiple layers, a rotary cutter with a 6" x 24" ruler attached makes measuring and making perfect cuts through fabric easier than ever.
Extra-large mat give you plenty of room to work.
Adding window treatments is an inexpensive way to create a new look for your home or apartment. When you boil it down, you just need to measure the window, trim/cut the fabric and sew the hems on the top and bottom. This DIY project can quickly allow you to create color and dimension, to personalize any room, in your home.
1. Determine the size of your finished curtains by measuring the length of the window area. Start at the curtain rod and finish at the floor, or wherever you want the curtains to end. Add approximately 20” to this measurement, to allow for hemming at the top and bottom of the curtain panels.
2. Determine the width of the curtains by allowing 1 1/2 – 3 times the width of the window. Allowing more fabric gives your extra fullness to the curtains.
3. Wash and dry the curtain fabric to preshrink it before sewing. Iron out all creases and wrinkles.
4. Cut your fabric panels to size. To cut long lengths of fabric, you can fold the yardage in half (for two panels) or in quarters (if making 4 panels). The RazorEdge™ Fabric Shears for Tabletop Cutting works well for this task because the unique handle design keeps the fabric flat as you cut along the table. The blades are razor sharp on this tool and cut precisely all the way to the end.
Alternatively, you can cut each panel using the 6 x 24" rotary ruler. The rotary blade is connected to the ruler so it easier to manager for cutting long panels of fabric.
5. Sew two panels together lengthwise to make double width panels in order to achieve the desired fullness.
6. Hem the sides of each curtain panel by pressing the raw edge 1/2” to the wrong side. Fold over again by a further 1/2” and press. Pin, then stitch the hem down. Repeat for both side seams on each curtain panel.
7. To make the curtain rod pocket along the top edge of the curtains, fold over the top edge of each panel by 1” and press with an iron. Fold over the edge again by a further 4”. Stitch down to secure, creating a pocket along the top edge of the curtain panel.
8. Hang the curtain panels on the curtain rod. Use pins to mark the bottom hem, ensuring that it is straight. Remove the panels from the curtain rod and press the hem along the pinned line. Press the raw edge of the curtain panels to the wrong side. Pin the hem in place and stitch.
9. Hang the curtains back on the curtain rod and enjoy your updated window treatment.
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