Decorate My Home, Part 10: Gathered Curtains with Ties
Some serious vibrance.
Want to make some of your own?
I made 2 hanging panels to cover our bedroom window, but I will give you the directions to make one panel. (my window measures 70 inches wide by 52 inches tall.
Then I used 4 yards of fabric, that was 45 inches wide, and cut it into two 2 yard pieces……so 2 pieces that were 45 x 72 inches. Then I sewed the two pieces together (with right sides together) along their long side (72 inch side). So I had a great big piece that was 90 x 72 inches.
I then hemmed the sides of this great big piece by folding the edge over a 1/4 inch and then another 1/4 inch and then sewed it into place. (You are sewing the 72 inch sides.)
Then, I made a basting stitch 1/2 inch from the edge along the width of the fabric (the 90 inch side) and gathered the fabric all along the top. Then I pinned it to the long edge of the top panel, with right sides together. Make sure to evenly space all of your gathers.
Then carefully sew from the other side and remove your pins as you go. (If it seems a little too tricky to lift up the panel to remove a pin each time you reach one, put the pins on the front of the panel instead, to secure the back of the panel in place.) This step will help the front lay flat and finished while securing the other edge of the panel down to the back. And you want to sew from the front so that you can watch as you’re sewing and make an even stitch across the front.
Now, sew the entire panel flat. Then sew the ends of the panel closed, making a seam really close to the edge.
Then I folded them in half lengthwise and sewed them along the long side, with a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Then I turned them right side out and ironed them flat. (click here if you need help turning them right side out.)
Repeat with the other ties and you should have 6 ties evenly spaced along the top of the panel.
**Then you can either hem the end of each tie, or tie them in a knot like I did. Easy and quick…..and pretty cute.
Lastly you’ll hem the bottom of the curtain by folding it under a 1/4 inch and then another 1/4 inch and then sewing it in place.
(remember to make 2 and buy twice the amount of fabric if you’re wanting 2 panels…)
And that’s it.
A completely unique ruffled curtain
………adorned with some floppy ties at the top.