Finished size : 50″ × customized length each Make 2 panels per window.
Dressing up a window with flat panel drapes helps add a bit of finish to a home. The huge variety of fabrics now available means that you are no longer forced to use traditional prints. Shopping online is a great way to find cool fabric to fit your style. Most companies offer swatches to help you choose the right color and print.
Materials and Supplies
- Home decor fabric, 56″ wide
- Drapery lining, 56″ wide
- 4″-wide fusible buckram header tape
- 7 drapery rings per panel to fit your curtain rod
- 7 long-neck drapery hooks per panel
- 1 curtain rod with brackets per window
- 2 drapery weights per panel
- Hang your desired curtain rod. Positioning the rod 4″ above the widow trim is common. Extending the rod 2″–6″ wider than the widow trim allows the panels to stack neatly out of the way and let in more light.
- I used a full panel of 56″-wide drapery fabric, so the added fullness is already factored into this pattern. If you have narrow windows, you might opt to cut down the width of your panel, as a drapery panel is typically 1½ to 2 times wider than the window.
- Measure the length from the top of the rod to the bottom of the windowsill or to the floor—whichever length suits the room best. Subtract the diameter of the curtain rings. This is the finished length for the drapery panel.
cutting it out
- To determine the cut length, add 13″ to the finished length.
- Trim the selvage edges off the fabric and cut a panel that is the width of your fabric × the cut length.
- To determine the lining cut length, subtract 3″ from the drapery cut length.
- The cut width of your lining fabric will be 6″ narrower than the width of your drapery fabric.
- Making sure to trim both selvage edges off the lining fabric, cut a panel according to the lining cut width × lining cut length
sewing it up
Hemming the Panel
- Your 2 drapery panels need to be hemmed a total of 5″ at the bottom. Do this by turning 2½″ along the bottom raw edge of each panel to the wrong side and press; then turn up a second 2½″ and pressing once more. Pin at the sides of the panel first so your hem isn’t askew; add several pins throughout the hemline. Use your sewing machine to sew the hem if you don’t mind a visible stitch line. Or if you prefer a more refined finish, slipstitch (page 172) the hem closed by hand. My home is casual enough that I opted for a machine hem.
- The lining panels need to be hemmed 2″ total. Repeat Step 1, but turn only 1″ to the wrong side each time. Definitely machine hem the lining!
Making the Panel
- Align the top edges of a drapery panel and a lining panel, right sides together, and pin together along the sides. Note: There will be extra drapery fabric in the center at this point. Sew them together using a ½″ seam allowance, creating a long tube, sewing from top to bottom on each side to avoid stretching out the fabric. Repeat this step with the second set of panels.
- Turn both sets of lined drapery panels right side out. Lay the panel, lining side up, on a large, clean surface. Smooth out the drapery fabric underneath and center the lining so that an even 1½ ″ of the drapery fabric shows along the sides of the lining. Pin the lining in place, so that it doesn’t shift, and neatly press the side seams and outermost edges of the panel.
Finishing the Hem
Fold the bottom and side edges of the drapery panels into 2 mitered corners where they meet. Place a drapery weight into each corner and stitch the fold closed by hand using a slip stitch.
Creating the Header
- Cut a piece of 4″-wide fusible buckram to the finished width of your panel. At the top of the lined drapery panel, pin and press the cut piece of buckram into place. Turn the header over once to the lining side, and then again, encasing the buckram.
- Edgestitch the header closed using your machine’s Super H foot (see presser feet in Tools,). Slipstitch the openings closed on each end.
hanging it up
- Across the top of your panel you’ll be threading hooks right into the header. Starting in the center, place a hook ½″ from the top edge. Add 2 hooks that are 1″ in from the side hems. Now space the remaining 4 hooks an equal distance apart. On a 50″-wide finished panel, the hooks will be 8″ apart.
- Slide each hook into the smaller eyelet ring on the drapery rings.
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