Learning how to sew your own faux pleated curtains is a very easy project. Buying window treatments can be rather expensive and tasking. Trying to decided the print, the color what type…whew!!! I recently moved to a new home and I’m taking my time on what treatments to dress the windows with. Currently I have blinds up everywhere except the windows in one of the bedrooms. I decided to sew curtains and by sewing them you have unlimited beautiful fabric to choose from. I didn’t want to spend a lot of time on creating curtains but I wanted them to have a professional feel. After doing a little research on Pinterest, I found this amazing tutorial on making these curtains that gives the look of pleated curtains without all the work. It’s quick and easy. If you can cut fabric, measure, iron and sew, you can create these curtains.
Fabric (Measure window for how much fabric to use)
1/2 inch ribbon (for 2 windows cut 8 @ 3″ or according to the size of the rod)
1 1/2 inch ribbon (for 2 windows cut 40 @ 3″ or according to the size of the rod)
and a little creativity
I chose this beautiful and bold printed material from fabric.com, I love it! (when working with prints you have to purchase a little more than needed to line up the print, you don’t want your print to be offset)
Measuring the window (click on image to get more info)
I used 1 1/2″ ribbon that was cut into 3 inch pieces for hanging curtains on the rod (burn each end of the ribbon so that they wouldn’t fray).
After cutting and burning all the tabs, cut the fabric to the size needed for your specific window, my cutting table wasn’t big enough so I used the floor for doing a lot of this project. Heat up the iron because you will be doing a lot of ironing, this is what gives the curtains that tailor look! As I measured I ironed. I folded the raw edges of the length 1/2 inches twice and ironed each side of each curtain
For the top of the curtains fold the edge 1/2 inch and iron, fold again 4 inches and ironed, the top of the curtain fold is 4 inches.
For the hem of the curtains, fold 1/2 inch and iron and fold again 2 inches (The width of the hem is your preference, make it as wide as you like). After measuring and folding and ironing all there is left to do is sew.
Sew the tabs
Unfold your top hem and pin 10 tabs on right side of the curtain 1/3 inch from top at 3 inches apart with two 1 inch tabs on each end of the curtain then flip tab and sew the other end down on top hem. (Make reference to the tutorial that inspired me)
Sew the side and the top and the hem of the curtains and that’s it!
I had enough fabric left to make 2 rectangle envelope style pillows for the bed!!