Living in the frozen tundra of Minnesota we know something about keeping warm…it’s all about layers! And to help keep our apartment cozy and warm I decided we should have some layers (aka:drapes) to cover our French doors/entrance. With my new-found hobby of sewing I thought I’d attempt to make them myself. Armed with a 60% off coupon I entered a discount fabric store and found decorator fabric I loved (for $3.29/yd!), thermal lining, and upholstery thread.
For my main fabric, I measured the length from where the drapes will hang above the door to the floor and added 14 inches. Then I measured the width of the whole door way(including the door frame), divided by two (since there will be two panels) and added 4 inches to each panel. The lining I cut 8 inches shorter than the main fabric and 2 inches less in the width. After cutting, you end up with something like this:
With the right sides (fronts) of the fabrics facing together, I lined up and pinned one length of the drapes. I sewed the edge with a generous 1/2 inch seam allowance.I then lined up the other long side, pinned it together and sewed the hem. At this point the fabrics make a big tube-shape.
I turned the tube so that the fabric faced right-side out. Then came what seemed the longest part…pressing! The main fabric overlaps to the back of the lining about a half inch on each side. With the lining side up on the ironing board, I made sure the excess fabric was distributed equally on both sides and pressed the edges. (I’m not sure if it was necessary, but I used an old t-shirt to between the iron and lining as a press cloth.)
Once all that pressing was done, I folded the top edge of the “tube” (the top is the end with all the extra fabric and this is not shown in the picture below–sorry!) 1inch toward the back of the drape and pressed it down.
To make the casing where the curtain rod goes through, I sewed a line 3 inches above (and running parallel) to the line just stitched. (We used a the same kind of rods you put in a closet for your hangers and saved $20.) At this point my skilled hubby hung the drape panel, and I could measure and pin exactly where I wanted the bottom hem to be. I sewed the bottom hem, and then repeated the whole process for the second panel. Now I have custom (home-made) drapes and a warmer living room!
(Disclaimer: I am a novice seamstress and I realize these instructions are probably about as clear as mud for some, so if you have any specific questions feel free to ask, and I’ll see if I can clarify! Also, should you use a skinnier curtain rod there are many measurements you will want to adjust in the total length and in the casing.)