The step by step
Sleeve sheer curtain fabric
To calculate the yardage of fabric essential for making your curtain, take the measurements of the rod on the ground, then add 16 cm for the top drawstring and the bottom hem. On the sides, especially if your fabric is very light, make double tucked in instead and allow 5 cm more.
On the top of the curtain, make a small return of 1 cm and mark it with an iron.
Fold down the fabric to form a 4 cm slide and stitch the three thicknesses together, leaving free the two ends for the passage of the rod.
Install your curtain on the rod.
Sheer curtain fabric
The number of fasteners depends on the width of your curtain: count one fastener every 15 cm. For a traditional window, 2 cm fasteners (finished fasteners) are perfect. Increase the width of the fasteners according to the size and therefore the weight of your sheer.
Cut in the sheer curtain the number of strips necessary for the desired size. Fold each strip in half lengthwise, right sides together. Stitch straight along the long side and one of the short sides.
Through the opening, turn your tie over, using a knitting needle if necessary.
Lay the curtain flat, facing you, and mark a seam line along the entire length 10 cm from the top edge.
Pin the middle of a tie at each end of the curtain, then distribute the others evenly over the entire length.
Sew all your fasteners in a single seam on the marked line.
Turn the curtain upside down, fold all the fasteners up and mark with the iron a small reentry of 1 cm along the seam you just made.
Fold the fabric down again to form a 5 cm double hem. Install your curtain on the rod by tying your ties nicely.
The next day, mark the bottom of the curtain with pins, placed 1 cm above ground level and unhook your curtain.
And for those in a hurry
There is iron-on paper at curtain merchants, which replaces the making of a sewn hem. Apply the iron-on paper at the bottom of the curtain, glue side against the back of the fabric. Put the iron on the paper then remove the protective film. Very simple!
To ballast the curtain
Make a small return of 1 cm that you will stitch at the point of zigzag to avoid any risk of fraying of the fabric.
Then fold down a large slide of about 10 cm and stitch it straight, before weighting it.
Good to know
You can obviously ballast the runner in the traditional way with small weights sold in fabric stores, but you can also take the opportunity to give a very "decorative" side to your sheer. In this case, give free rein to your imagination: in addition to the small weights placed inside the slide, sew beads, pierce and hang small pieces of brick ... At the seaside, use the shells collected on the shore . In windy regions, do not hesitate to increase the quantity of beads that will ballast your sheer. Know-how - home decor © La maison rustique - éditions Flammarion, 2006