Is it Tuesday already? Sorry I haven’t been posting much, several projects going at once, but nothing finished to show you. Remember the master bedroom tour, with no curtains on the windows? Well, I have started working on the curtains and wanted to share with you how to make a straight curtain hem the easy way. Yeah, I’m all about easy.
Having no curtains definitely wakes you up early in the morning.
I stitched together 2 lengths of 70″ wide osnaburg fabric for each panel, making each panel 140” wide.. For the upper hem and rod pocket, I needed a 4 inch pocket plus 1/2 inch to turn under for a clean edge. Measuring and marking along 140” of fabric would take forever.
Instead, cut a piece of cardstock 4 1/2 inches wide.
Fold the top edge of the fabric over the cardstock until it is even with the edge of the cardstock.
Press into place. Continue, sliding the cardstock along until you’ve done the full width. The cardstock may curl up a little, but just flip it over and it will work fine. I wouldn’t recommend using a colored cardstock since the color may transfer.
Go back and flip under the raw edge about 1/2 inch and pin into place, then stitch. If you like to be more precise, first use a 1/2 inch cardstock guide and press under; then, press under again using a 4 inch cardstock guide.
Use the same method to make the lower hem. I like to hang my curtains after doing the rod pocket to double check how much I need to turn under on the bottom. I’m never sure just how much length the rod will take up, so this is a good way to make sure I don’t end up with high-water curtains.
I haven’t hemmed these yet because I’m not happy with the color of the fabric in the room. You can see how much more yellow it looks in place than it looks in the other pictures. I tried bleaching a leftover piece I had, but it didn’t remove the color at all. ~sigh~
I had bought a smaller piece of osnaburg fabric locally that was much more taupe in color and it looked great in the room. I just didn’t think to take this piece in there to check the color before I did all that work. That’s an unplanned tip for you- take the fabric into the room to be sure the color works!
I posted about the color dilemma earlier on facebook and asked for advice. Please let me know here or on facebook if you have any ideas. I’m hoping my chemist husband/hero may be able to come up with something to take out the color.
Despite my boo-boo on the color, I hope my tip on how to make a straight curtain hem the easy way will make your next sewing project go a little quicker. Got any sewing tips you’d like to share?