Are you having problems finding large window treatments that don't cost a fortune. That also look great and are practical for everyday use ? I'm sure you have already discovered that you can forget about using ready made drapes.
Ready made window treatments are either not wide enough or not long enough. Usually both of these is true when it comes to dressing most large windows. I'm also sure that you have already started looking around at custom made curtains.
That's why your reading this page, right :-)
I'm also sure you have had a very nasty shock at how much these custom made curtains can cost,...a lot!
There are 2 reasons for the high costs of custom made drapes. The first is that making quality curtains takes many hours at business hourly rates. Then there is the cost of drapery fabrics that sell off the roll by the yard. These fabrics can cost up to $ 200 and more per yard.
You can buy discount fabric online from about $ 7.95 per yard. However you can guarantee that the one you like the most will cost more than this :-)
So you can see how the fabric bill can mount up very quickly when you need 10, 15 or even 20 yards of fabric. Plus the cost of the drapery lining fabric.
Then you have the second major cost which is the labor cost for making your curtains. Professional curtain makers have other business overheads to cover as well as paying someone to do the sewing. So this bill can soon mount up to a large amount. So this cost with your fabric bill comes to a tidy sum.
So what's the answer to this problem with wide or long curtains. It's very simple.....
"make your own curtains".
I can hear you groaning already......"I don't know how to make drapes or how to hang curtain rods".
Well the good news is that it ain't no rocket science making drapes. Sure you will need to know what you're doing, and you will need to acquire some new skills.
Well there is no better time than right now for you to learn these new skills and save yourself a small fortune when making your own large window treatments. Also in the process to develop a hobby that will hold you in good stead for life.
The good news is that you won't need to learn how to become a master curtain maker overnight.
All you need to do is to use one of the simple FREE curtain making guides you will find on this site. These simple step by step guides will show you just what you need to know to create the window treatment in that guide, nothing more.
You may have never sewn a stitch in your life before, or maybe you have never tackled a large project like this. Don't worry as the guides show you everything broken down into simple bite size steps, for example...........
Step 1. You will discover why installing your window treatment hardware is the first and most important thing you need to do before anything else. Doing this means you can measure correctly for your new curtains.
Step 2. Measure your window correctly for this style of window treatment. Believe me I dread people who give me their own measurements. Most people have no idea how to use a tape measure. You will discover the right way for each project.
Step 3. How to simply work out how much fabric you will need to complete your window treatment making project. Especially how to allow extra for fabrics that have patterns that need to be matched.
Step 4. How to cut your fabric lengths correctly to allow your curtains to have enough gather for that curtain style. Also how to match the pattern across your curtains to be.
Step 5. How to sew your fabrics together either by sewing by hand or by using a sewing machine. Don't panic about either of these as there are a series of short videos showing you exactly how to do this. Sure you will need to practice on some spare fabric a few times to get up to speed.
If you have never used a sewing machine before or not for making large window treatments. Then I would recommend you start your sewing by hand. Yes it will take longer this way, however the best custom made curtains are sewn mostly by hand.
Remember you're not in a race and even if you where to order some custom made curtains. They would usually take at least 2 weeks to arrive and sometimes up to 8 weeks. So no one expects you to make your own curtains overnight.
Step 6. Creating the curtain heading style you have chosen. All the way from simple rod pocket headings to pinch pleat curtains. Non of these is complicated, some just take more time.
Step 7. Finally how to hang your curtains properly to create the finished look. Ready for you to enjoy and show off to family, friends and neighbors
After reading this article on large window treatments why not get started by choosing one of the Curtain Patterns here.
The other important thing you will need to do is to find your drapery fabrics at a good price. This way you can save even more money.
You can shop around locally, however you will almost certainly get a better deal when buying lots of fabric for large window treatments, and far more choice by looking online. There are a few places that I use regularly for buying my drapery fabric and drapery accessories.
Take a look here for some useful the tips and advice when buying curtain fabrics online.