Decorating Ideas For Small Spaces

Decorating Ideas For Small Spaces

Washing unlined curtains

Unlined curtains can be washed, a proci not advised for lined curtains because the c ferent fabrics shrink at different rates, sensible idea is to pre-wash the fabric so any shrinkage happens before you make the curtains. The disadvantage of this, however, is that you remove the finish or dressing that helps protect it from gathering dust.

An alternative to pre-washing is to cut the curtain extra wide and long, so that it drapes on the floor, gather it tightly at the top when first hung, and wash it only when absolutely necessary. When you rehang it, any shrinkage in the length will be absorbed by the billowing bottom, and you can gather the width less tightly across the top.

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Making the curtains

Unlined curtains are the easiest curtains of all to make yourself, especially if you have chosen a fabric that is easy to handle. With sufficiently’ wide fabric you may not even have to join drops, just hem around the edges and sew on heading tape or rings. If you do have to join drops, remember that the seams will be seen on the back of the curtain. You can use an open flat seam, but a French or flat fell seam that turns the raw edge in will give a much neater finish.

Once the widths are joined and any excess at the sides trimmed, turn in and press a double 2cm (%in) hem on each side of the curtain and a double 5cm (2in) hem along the bottom, inserting leadweight tape (special weighted tape) if you want to give the fabric a bit of added weight.

To mitre the corners (which gives a neat, short diagonal seam where the side and bottom hems meet), unfold one turn of both the bottom and side hems but mark the limit of the double turns with pins on the edge. Fold the corner up diagonally, through the corner point of the curtain and the points marked with a pin. Refold the bottom and side hems to form a neat mitre. Finish these hems and the diagonal join with slip stitch. Do not cut the fabric across the corner, because it’s possible that you will want to alter the curtains in the future.

Measure the finished curtain length up from the hem and mark the line with pins. Turn over the excess at the top, folding in the sides at a slight angle as you do so to form a neat edge. Press it and then trim back the fabric if necessary so that the heading tape will cover the raw edge. Snip the hems at each side on the fold line to ease the material. Attach the heading tape and gather up the curtains ( 244 245).

You are now ready to hang the curtain on its track or pole. The outermost hook on each curtain goes into a fixed hole to anchor it in place. This is either an eyelet screwed into the pelmet board or into a wall-mounted wooden block, or the end hole in a track; alternatively, on a curtain pole, it is the ring on the pole between the end bracket and the finial.

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