Frequent question: How do you cut fabric to make curtains?

How do you measure for homemade curtains?

Calculate the Width

A simple rule of thumb is that a curtain is one and a half to two times the width of the area it is meant to cover. A heavier fabric will provide fullness that a lightweight fabric can not. The lighter the weight of the fabric, the more fullness it will require.

How do you cut a curtain pattern with a repeat?

Follow these steps in cutting out:

  1. Lay the fabric with the pattern at the top on a flat surface.
  2. Get the measurement of the length in the selvedge and put a pin.
  3. Measure the specific number of repeats then mark them using a pin.
  4. Cut the fabric at correct angles from each mark to the selvedge.

How can I make my curtains shorter without cutting them?

When curtains appear too long, try sewing a hem, which can allow you to shorten curtains without cutting curtains to length so you can retain the fabric if you want to. Another way of shortening curtains is to incorporate a folded design with buttons as fasteners. Folding the curtain hem up creates a double hem.

Do you need to cut off selvage when making curtains?

It depends on the fabric as some selvedges are tighter than others. In the grand scheme of things when you are making curtains the time taken to trim off the selvedges is not that much, but unless the selvedges look very tight I do tend to leave them on.

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How many yards do you need for curtains?

Yardage chart for a standard window PAIR of basic drapery panels @ 2.5x fullness

Finished Length Up To Solids & Small Prints Large Prints (v-repeat up to 24″)
60″ Long 4.5 yards 5.5 yards
70″ Long 5 yards 6 yards
80″ Long 5.5 yards 6.5 yards
90″ Long 6 yards 7 yards

How much fabric do I need for curtains calculator?

Yardage Fabric Calculator-Drapes

For Standard Width Panels: Finished length of curtains + 16 inches divided by 36 = number of yards required. Add 1 extra yard (or one vertical repeat of the fabric) per pair if using a large print fabric.

How much extra fabric do I need for pattern matching?

Instead of a plain fabric, you’ve chosen an ikat pattern, 54inW, that repeats every 12 inches vertically and every 10 inches horizontally. Per the chart above, you need to order an additional 20% of fabric—or 1.8 yards—so that the pattern matches correctly.

How do you join seamlessly fabric?

Fusible tape is available in a variety of widths and weights. The tape melts when heated by an iron, causing a glue-like action between two pieces of fabric. Fusible tape is the perfect answer to a quick hem, to make a small repair, or hold fabric in place.