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Thursday, 12 July 2018

Making Self-lined Taped Curtains

Moving into a new house inevitably presents one with a whole new array of hick-ups. One of these was the height of the windows in my new abode. No ready-made curtains would fit these tall windows. I was forced to pack away all of my perfectly good curtains and set off to the fabric store to buy fabric to make curtains of the required length. In today's blog I show you how simple it is to sew taped curtains for yourself.


This is a view of the ceiling to floor, and wall to wall windows that needed curtains. As you can see, I was not lying about being in the process of moving in.


Start by pinning rolled seams for the sides of the curtains.


A top stitch always appears neater with longer stitches, so I recommend increasing your stitch length for the whole of this project.


Sew the seams on the sides for all of the curtains.


I then pin a single small seam at the top of the curtains.


Sew this seam for all of the curtains.


Fold the end of the curtain tape over and sew to give it a need finish. Do this on both ends.


Pin the curtain tape to the top of the fabric. Pin top and bottom of the tape.


When pinning the tape, make sure that the open ends of the tape are in the right position.


Sew along the top of the curtain tape.


Sew along the bottom of the curtain tape. Make sure you do not sew over the openings.


Insert the curtain hooks and space them evenly across the length of the curtain.


Completely inserted.


Fold a rolled hem at the bottom of the curtain and pin in place.


Sew the hems on all the curtains.


Stand on tiptoe on a ladder and hang your curtains with great effort. Too long? Too bad. It will have to wait for me to scrape up enough courage to take them down again before they get shortened!


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