When it comes to curtains, let’s just say I have issues.
Commitment issues, that is. How to pick? What fabric do I want? What if it clashes with the paint?! So many choices!! The #1 thing I’ve learned is that curtains can be done super fast. Basically, it’s the easiest sewing project I know of.
#1: know the size. In my case I have a window that is 4 1/2 feet high, so to properly cover I need at least 3 yards of fabric if I want some ruffle & prettiness to the curtain.
#2: Understand light will shine through. Pick something dark and that will help keep light out – is that what you want? Also know that any messy stitching, sloppy folds, etc. will be visible as the sun shines through.
#3: The iron is your friend. Use it with markings and lines to make clean, straight creases so when you stitch it’s all nice and pretty.
#4: If you can’t decide, well then it’s easy. Just fold a piece of fabric over (in my case about 1 1/2″ to allow for the round rod), stitch it with a big stitch, and hang it and see!
Because I used a full width of fabric the edges are finished, and by doing such a simple stitch at the top I can take this fabric down and use it on another project instantly. There is no damage, no lasting marks – really this project took about 3 minutes and will let me see exactly what this fabric would look like as my curtains in here.
The verdict? This isn’t *the* fabric for my new curtain. The moths distract me, and it wasn’t long enough anyhow. I also don’t like how it was going to look with my new wall color (I will be painting in here) – so I know it won’t work. But!! While I figure it out, I have this as a temporary fix.
What’s next? Table runners, tree skirts, and maybe even a patch on a Tshirt… Gotta use this fabric, after all!