Have you ever heard that still small voice that tells you not to do something? Some may call it their conscience. I call that voice the Holy Spirit. I know when He is telling me not to do something, and I always regret when I don’t do what He says.
So, what does this have to do with making curtains? Well, I didn’t listen to His wisdom and therefore I had to suffer the consequences. I could have named this post “Curtains of Consequence” or “Shades of the Stiff-Neck Seamstress” but I didn’t want to scare anyone off. These really are simple to make. I just made things hard on myself, by not listening! More on that as we go.
I usually can’t find material that I like for curtains, but I have seen sheets that when I saw them I thought they would be pretty curtains. I saw some at Fred’s Store that I thought would be perfect for the boys’ room. And it is usually cheaper to buy sheets than it is material.
I would normally buy flat, twin sheets for this project, but they only sold this pattern is a set of fitted and flat sheets with the pillow case. This is when I first heard the Holy Spirit saying not to buy these.
I bought the king size set, because the king flat would be wide enough to give me the fullness I was wanting. I thought I will think of something to do with the fitted sheet and pillow cases later.
The second reason I shouldn’t have bought them…they were ripped. I discovered the tear when I got home with them. But that didn’t stop me. I decided to work around it.
- Sheets for the front of the curtains
- White sheets to line the curtains
- Tread to match
- Measuring tape
- Ruler for drawing straight lines
- Curtain rod
Putting It All Together
2) Figure how many sheets you will need. You will need enough sheets to equal 2-1/2 the width of your window. Usually, 2 twin sheets are enough.
3) Decide how long you want the curtains. Do you want them to hang to the floor, or just to the bottom of the window sill or somewhere in between?
4) Rip the seams of the sheet open. Top, bottom and side seam. I didn’t have to do this since I was working around the tear in the sheet.
5) Iron the sheet. The wrinkles need to be out for better measurements. Plus, it’s easier to iron it before you put it all together. Consequence number one… I didn’t pay attention to what my iron was set on. It was too hot and in some places on the sheet actually shrunk. I noticed the “stains,” but thought they were on the sheet to begin with.
6) Cut the curtains to size. Since I was using a king size sheet and I wanted two panels, I first cut the flat sheet in half from top to bottom. To get a line to cut, I folded the sheet in half and ironed a crease to cut. You won’t need to do this if you are using twin sheets.
I wanted my curtains to fit within the window frame. My original plans were to have tension rods at the top and bottom. More on that later. The inside measurements for my window are 52-1/2 inch.
I added 4 inches to this length to make the pockets for the rods. This turned out not to be enough. Consequence number two, know how big your tension rods are before you guess at how big to make the pockets. This may mean you need to make the length longer. I should have added 6-7 inches. (three for the top and three for the bottom)
Consequence number three…since I unintentionally “shrunk” patches of the sheet, it wasn’t laying on the floor very smoothly. It was hard to get good measurements. I do apologize that this isn’t the right picture. I totally forgot, in my aggravation with the sheet not laying flat, to take pictures. The picture above is to give you the idea of what I did. It also helps to have someone helping you measure.
7) Cut out the liner. Lay the front panel down on the white sheet (liner) with right sides together. (Consequence number three…I didn’t do this on the first panel I made.) Pin to hold together and cut the liner out.
Note: there is no need to cut anything if you are using the twin sheet as a whole. In other words, if you want to use the whole sheet for your panel.
8) Sew the side seams. With right side together, sew the side seams together. As you can see in the picture above, I used the edge on my pressure foot as a guide.
Remember consequence number three? Here’s the results.
Somehow, I got off on the measurements for the front panel. It was a couple of inches short on one side. UGH! I didn’t realize this until I had sewn the sides together. This is also the panel I didn’t lay with right sides together when I cut the liner.
In God’s grace, He allowed me to suffer these consequences so, that if you should have the same problems, you will know how to fix them. I’m going to show you how I fixed the mistakes. “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
10) Turn curtain right-side-out.
Let’s fix that mistake first. I zig-zagged the front panel onto the liner. I choose to zig zag because I knew that when I eventually wash them, the zig zag would keep them from reveling. The extra white that shows is hidden when they are gathered on the rod. I just made sure I put that corner on the side of the window and not in the center where it would be more noticeable.
11) Make the rod pockets.
Turn down the top edge a 1/2 inch and iron down the fold.
12) The Hem. Repeat what you did to make the pocket.
Since I didn’t add enough material for the length to begin with, using a bottom tension rod just didn’t work. Even without the rod in them they still weren’t long enough, so I took out the bottom pocket and put in a hem that was only a half-inch. To do that I folded and ironed just like the pocket, but only folded each fold 1/4 of an inch. This I just eye balled.
13) Repeat all steps for second panel.
For the ties I use some brown burlap that I had. Right now, they are just pinned together, but I am going to add a wooden button for decoration and some Velcro to hold them together.
Please, don’t be discouraged from my mistakes. Hopefully, you won’t make any. But if you make the same ones I did, I hope I my solutions to the problems help.
Back to the Holy Spirit and me not listening. I truly believe He knew that the material these sheets were made from were going to cause me problems. He had something better in mind for these curtains. I may never know what or I may find some sheets I like even better tomorrow. The point is “He delights in every detail,” even the material I make curtains from, because He loves me that much. (Psalm 37:23)
He loves you that much, too.
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