Warning: the instructions are quite lengthy. You may want to read through them all before starting to make sure you understand completely!
Curtain panel with tabs for hanging:
This style of curtain panel uses tabs for hanging. If you prefer to make a casing and scrunch the fabric over the rod, make the top like the bottom and be sure to add enough length to accommodate the wider hem.
What you need:
- Enough fabric for your window (add a little length for hems and seam allowances, but the width should be at least double to make it hang nicely and give that cute bunchy look) Make sure you have washed and dried it ahead of time so your project doesn't shrink or warp.
- cloth belting or extra fabric to make tabs
- sewing machine
Step 2: Press up the raw edge on the "bottom" of the panel. Press up another 1 1/2" or so to make a nice wide hem.
|Pressing up about 1/2" of raw edge.|
Step 3: Press in the raw edges of the sides (I used the full width of the fabric and had to deal with hiding the ugly selvage edge so I pressed in 5/8" which is way more than normal. I would stick to 1/4"-1/2" normally). Press in another 5/8" or so to enclose the raw edge. NOTE: the finishing of edges can be done with a serger, but for this project I much prefer the look of fully hemmed edges.
|SO much selvage to hide. Ick.|
|Stop stitching and lift the presser foot with the needle all the way down when you get to the first pressed mark.|
|Tuck up the section of raw edge you pressed up.|
|Fold it under the presser foot along the whole length of the bottom. You will stitch through all thicknesses.|
|It should look like this when done correctly.|
|Leave sides open to accommodate the curtain rod|