Introduction: Quick and Dirty Curtains
this is a step by step for how to make a quick set of curtains for any room where a clean function driven aesthetic is all you need. This is for the curtains only, the hanging portion will be next, so STAY TUNED!!!
Step 1: Fabric and Measurements.
No picture here, but first things first. Measure the window to be covered. Measure to the outsides of any moldings so the whole window will be covered, then double your width to make sure you have some nice drapey curtains. Lastly, add enough width to take into account the hem on both sides, and bottom, this instructable will add 5 inches of width (four hems, two per curtain) and 3.25 inches in length (large top and small bottom hems.)
Go to the fabric store and pick a fabric you like. These curtains will be cut so the "grain" or warp is running top to bottom, so make sure the fabric bolt is at least as wide as each curtain you want to make. Buy enough yardage to accommodate all your curtains. I bought 4 yards of 48in wide fabric to cover 2 50in x 30 in windows and it worked out well.
Step 2: Hem 3 Sides of Each Curtain.
You will want to clean hem (double fold so no raw edges show) 3 of 4 sides on each curtain. I used a 3/8 clean hem folder to make my life easier, but you can just fold once @ .25-.5 inches and then fold again, pin and hem if you don't have a folder. Leave one edge raw as the top hem will be much larger.
Step 3: Hem the Top of Each Curtain.
For the tops you want to use a hem large enough to have space for an eyelet. I chose to do a 1.25 in. clean hem so I would have plenty of room to set the eyelets as well as three layers of fabric to re-enforce the eyelet area.
Same as the side hems, fold over your desired width on the raw edge, then fold again, pin, and stitch. Your seam can run further in from the edge here as you have more room to play with.
If you want to stop here, you can. Adjust the hem to be large enough to accommodate a rod, or the cable solution seen in my other instructable. In retrospect the eyelet idea on the next page can look cool but is not super functional.
Step 4: Set Eyelets in Top Hem.
NOTE!!: Using the eyelets will take a lot of eyelets to do right, and you must be sure to use eyelets large enough to thread onto your hanging solution, or use seperate rings. In finishing this project I found the eyelet solution to be extra work for little payback, so I suggest sticking with the hem from the previous step and making it large enough to take a curtain rod, or the super cheap cable option in my next instructable.
Last step to these curtains is to set eyelets in the top hem to use for hanging. Once you set these you can either run a wire or string through and hang them (instructable coming soon!!) or use rings and a curtain rod, or figure out something cool and new.
I used 5 per curtain, this made them fairly secure but also left a lot to droop in between, you can use as many, or as few of any size as you want.
If you don't know how to set an eyelet, check my instructable on how to do it here:
Once this is done, you are ready to hang. Just clip any loose threads, iron them if you're into that sort of thing and go. Ill post more pics once I hang these and put up the cabel curtain rod instructable.
Oh, and just so we're clear, I did it at Techshop.