I am on a little mission fuelled by my sister to decorate my niece’s wendy house, She has a little kitchen and a peg for her apron but not much else. The house is a pretty blue and has the potential to be a lovely play area, it even has carpet. She has 3 windows and each one is looking a little bare, my sister Amy asked me to make some curtains. Here is the little wendy house I am doing up.
Equipment And Materials
- Tape Measure
- Fabric Scissors
- Chalk Pen
- Window Measurements
- Depending on your width and length of curtains – that will determine the amount of fabric you require. I was working with 3 windows at 15 inches by 18 inches. I roughly used 2 metres of fabric.
- Iron and ironing board
- Sewing machine- optional – these can be hand sewn if preferred.
- Matching Thread
Measuring The Fabric
I started by pressing my fabric to make sure all bumps and creases had gone. Use a large surface if possible, I used my kitchen island. Lay out as much of the fabric as you can, remember that you will want to split your width measurement by 2. This will create 2 panels that will become 1 set of curtains. Also, remember that the curtain panels will need a little extra in them to make them look fuller and for edging.I made each curtain panel into 12 inches so in total would be 24 inches. Measure across and mark your 12 inches and then your 24 inches.
The length won’t need to change too dramatically as you only need to add on a maximum of 4 inches. 3 of the 4 inches will go to creating the loop at the top of the curtain and the remaining 1 for the hem at the bottom. My length was 18 so it can to 21 if you want to add a little more on for safe keeping that is fine. I marked my base point along the fabric with a chalk pen.
Cutting The Fabric
Making sure your fabric is square, mark along the 12 and 24 inches and mark with your chalk pen until you reach your length mark. Cut along the lines and repeat for the other set of curtains.
Hemming And Edging
Once you have cut out your panels take to the ironing board and press. Start by pressing up to the wrong side to create the hem, turn the hem up 1/4 inch and press. Turn 1/4 inch hem up again with 1/4 fold and press. You can pin these in place if you aren’t confident but the press from the iron should keep in place for you. Take the pressed panels to your sewing machine and sew on the edge of the fold with a straight stitch.
To create the neat edges of your curtain panels, simply fold over toward the back 1/4 inch. Press the fold in place and sew with a straight stitch. Try to get the running stitch to be even by lining up the edge of your fabric with the edge of your foot.
Creating The Loop
When creating the loop for the top you can either create loops to thread through a pole or create a continuous loop within the curtain to thread a pole through. I chose to create a continuous loop as they didn’t need to be too complex and fancy. I started by folding over a 1/4 inch fold toward the wrong side of the fabric and pressed this into place. I then folded over the fabric again 1 inch thick to create the loop. I pressed this into place and used a running stitch to hold it in place.
Presenting The Curtains
Loop through a piece of bamboo, string or dowel through the fabric loop. You can hold any of the previous in place with screws, picture hooks or glue.