On Wednesday I posted my craft room update, part of the update was having the prettiest and most practical craft cupboard built. As lovely as it is though, I have SO much crafting stuff the shelves are packed and it looks a little bit cluttered. I toyed with the idea of having cupboard doors fitted on it, but instead decided on making up a curtain to hide away all my junk and keep my sewing area looking seamlessly pretty.
So, if you have a particularly unsightly area you want to cover up cheaply, I’ve written up this tutorial for you.
Here’s what you’ll need.
-Fabric. I’ve got a 1mt piece of Black cotton, cheap and cheerful. its 59″ wide so just over the length I need to cover my shelves. I’ve also decided I want a bit of colour popped in there, following on from the floral theme thats settled around my sewing area, I’ve gone for a lovely floral jeresy material.
– Curtain wire. (I got a 1 metre long piece with hooks for £1.55 of ebay.)
– Tape measure.
-Overlocker *Optional* If you’ve no overlocker then you can just use pinking shears. If you have neither, you can use my folded hem method (Here.)
And heres what you’ll need to do.
First measure out the space you want covering. I only want to open area of the shelves covering so mine is (52″) drop and because These curtains will be closed most of the time I want them to hang with a pleat, so even though the width is only 23 1/2″ I’m using it at a 38″ wide.
Next you need to mark out your measurements on your fabric, using pins. Add 1 & 1/2″ to the top, 1″ to the bottom and 1/2″ either side.
Now you can cut.
If you’re adding another piece of fabric, nows the time to measure out how much you need. My additional pice of floral fabric is 8″ by 38″. (Both including 1/2″ either side for the hem.”
Once you’ve cut out you’re additional fabric, overlock the top (or use crimping shears).
Once you’ve done that, pin your additional fabric where you want it. (Mines going at the bottom of the curtain.) So I’ve pinned both pieces of fabric at the bottom and either side. leaving the top (overlocked fabric loose.)
Now, going back to the overlocked edge of your additional fabric, turn it in – hiding the edge inside and pin to the curtain fabric.
Continue all the way to the other side.
Now top stitch down your recently pinned area.
*Now, the reason I’ve attached my contrasting fabric this way, is because of the different fabric types. I’m using a medium weight cotton for my curtain and the fabric I wanted to pair it with is a Jersey fabric. I can’t just attach my flower fabric straight to the bottom of my black because it just wouldn’t hang right. If you’re making one of these and using two fabrics that are the same weight you can just cut your main curtain fabric shorter and add your contrasting fabric straight on at the bottom. Its so much easier, but this is how to fix it if your fabrics are different weights.
Anyway, this is the easy bit. And if you’re only using one fabric, just pick up from where we left of before fiddling with additional fabric. Use your overlocker (or pinking shears) and go around all four edges of your curtain. This will attatch the other three sides of the additional fabric to the curtain.
Next, we need to fold other either side of the curtain (The longest sides) Pin at 1/2″ and topstitch. Its important to do the sides first, because it gives a better finish overall to your curtain.
Next, fold the top over 1 & 1/2″, Pin and topstitch again. Make sure you don’t sew the sides up, you need the little gap so you can thread your curtain wire through at the end.
Now move down to the bottom, fold over 1″, pin and topstitch.
Now your curtain is finished, well nearly. Last thing to do is give it a good going over with the iron, before hanging it up.
Such a quick and easy project that really does make all the difference.
If you have a go at making some, be sure to tag me in your photos, I love seeing all your crafty makes.
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