Straight fabric cuts

by Chris V
(Tyler, TX, USA)

The last time I tried to make curtains I had a devil of a time getting the panels straight.

I was making floor to ceiling panels and I was VERY frustrated. Come to think of it I never did finish those curtains and bought ready made instead.

I'd like to try again but not without some expert advice.
Thanks, Chris

Hi Chris

I make curtains on my specially made curtain making table. This simply is a timber frame work for support. then topped off with sheet plywood for the table top.

The table is 54 inches wide (the width of your average curtain fabric on the roll). The length of my table is 120 inches. This allows for most of the curtain lengths I have to make.

You don't have to go to the expense or time of making your own table. However you really do need to use the largest table you can find. That means yours, friends, neighbors or family.

The other important thing is that it needs to have square corners. This is how I make sure my curtain panels are truly square.

To start with when it comes to cutting the lengths of fabric for making my curtains. I find folding the fabric in half along the length helps. This is especially true if you are using a table that is not too wide. Such as a regular dining table.

You need to line up the long edge of the fabric folded or not with the long edge of the table. Then using a long straight edge such as a large ruler or spirit level. Any long straight edged item you have. You need to draw a cutting line across the width of the fabric.

To make sure the line is squared with the sides of the fabric. you need to have the straight edge item right up along the end of the table. Before you mark your cutting line.

Then I line up the side of my curtain panel after sewing the side seams with the long edge of my table.

Making sure the fabric overhangs the end of the table by about 5 inches. Then I fold over the fabric so the fold line runs straight with the end of the table. The using pins about 1 inch up from the bottom to hold the fabric in place.

Next I tuck under about 2 inches of fabric at the top of the turn over to create my bottom curtain hem. Also pinning into place. Sometimes it helps to press the hem down using a hot steam iron before either machine sewing or hand sewing.

Once I have my curtain side seams and bottom hem sewn in place. I turn over the top of the curtain ready for finishing the curtain heading. Again I use the side and top edges to make sure the curtain heading is completely square.

Why not take a look at the sewing curtain videos here. to get an idea of how I go about sewing my curtain seams.

All the best


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