Window treatments can turn a room from drab to fab, but if you’re on a budget sometimes hand-me-down curtains will have to do, even when they’re not the right length! Adding a trendy contrasting panel to your curtains makes them fun and functional.
DIY Window Treatments & Curtain Ideas - Easy Sewing Project!
By Emma Jeffery
- Ideal for cutting multiple layers and all-purpose cutting through thick, heavy or slippery materials like textiles, satin, polyester, chiffon, silk, rayon and much more
- Amplify® technology senses blade separation when cutting thick fabrics and forces the blades back together for crisp, clean cuts every time — the floating blade tang transfers energy to the torsion bar which adjusts the blade to its optimal angle
- 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
- Serrated blade edge grips slippery material for mistake-free cutting
- Exceptional comfort and control provided by thumb and finger loops with ergonomic sculpting to fit the shape and natural movement of the hand
- Softgrip® touchpoints enhance comfort and control
- Protective sheath keeps the blades safe and protected
- Length: 8"
- Lifetime warranty
- Amplify® RazorEdge™ Serrated Fabric Scissors (8")
- Highlighted seam allowance makes it easy to cut fabric strips up to 6" wide directly from the bolt
- Broken grid lines and easy-to-read measurements make measuring quick and accurate
- 30-, 45- and 60-degree line indicators make it easy to cut at perfect angles
- Optional non-slip vinyl feet can be added or removed without damaging the ruler
- Made of 3 mm-thick acrylic for lasting durability
- Lifetime warranty
- Acrylic Ruler (6" x 24")
- Ideal for cutting tight patterns and intricate details on a wide range of fabrics, cutting at awkward angles or in tight spaces or making quick thread snips
- Micro-Tip® blades provide superior cutting precision
- High-grade, precision-ground, stainless-steel blades offer a lasting sharp edge that cuts all the way to the tip
- Double-loop handle accommodates right- and left-handed users
- Length: 4.9"
- Lifetime warranty
- Micro-Tip Scissors (No. 5)
Designed to cut thick and heavy fabrics, these premium fabric shears feature ultra-sharp blades with a serrated edge to grip slippery materials for mistake-free performance.
Perfectly sized for cutting fabric from the bolt.
Choose Micro-Tip® blades for unmatched cutting precision.
Curtain panels and co-ordinating fabric yardage
Sewing machine, thread and pins
Iron and ironing board
1. Hang your curtains and to determine the length of fabric required to reach the floor. For example: the panels in our curtains are 13” in length and will need an extra 4” of fabric added to the finished length of the curtains. Add an additional 4” to the final length measurement to allow for seam allowance and hemming.
2. Measure the width of your existing curtain panel and add 4” to this measurement. This will be the required width of your solid fabric.
3. Mark your cutting lines using tailors chalk and the acrylic ruler, using the dimensions from step 1 and step 2.
4.Cut your fabric using the Amplify® Serrated Shears. These shears are perfect for cutting heavy weight home dec fabrics as well as sheer panels and voiles.
5. Hem the sides of the solid fabric panels by turning each side 1” to the wrong side and pressing with an iron. Turn over by 1” again (to hide the raw edge) and press. Pin then stitch the sides of each solid panel. Lay the solid panel on top of the existing curtain and check the widths are equal.
6. Next you need to determine where to pin the solid panel to the existing curtain. Lay out your curtain panel and measure from the top of the panel down. We pinned our panels 74” down from the top edge of the curtain to create 86” long curtains. Pin the right side of the solid panel to the right side of the curtain, using the acrylic ruler to check you have pinned it in a perfectly straight line.
7. Use a basting stitch to temporarily sew the solid panel to the curtain. We recommend hanging each curtain to check the position of each solid panel before permanently sewing the seam.
8. Once you are satisfied with the position of the solid panel, sew it to the rest of the curtain and remove the basting stitches using the Micro-tip® scissors. Hang the curtains once more to determine hem length. Turn up the bottom edge of the solid panel to the wrong side and pin in place. Since the curtains are hanging from the rod, you can determine whether the hem is straight or adjust accordingly. Use the Acrylic Ruler to measure the distance from the bottom of the hem to the floor.
9. Carefully remove the curtains from the rod and press the hem you marked with pins. Tuck the fabric’s raw edge under the fold to hide it and prevent fraying. Sew the hem.
10. Trim any loose threads with the Micro-tip® scissors and hang the curtains for the final time.