Curtains make nice window treatments to a rather bare room. You can draw a curtain, drape fabric to make a curtain, buy a ready-made curtain and then, if you have gone over all the ready-made options, you can just make your own curtain.
Before making measurements, decide on the drop and what type of rail you would like to have, because this will affect the width gathered, the length etc. Then decide on coverage. Usually for pulleys and rod-operated drapes you should add an extra 8—10cm on each side for the operation, and say a good 15-20cm on top ofthe frame for all the hooks, rail, etc. With this knowledge, measure the correct height and width. Measure the frame but do not forget the extras you will need to total to your calculations.
Purchase or, more sensibly, borrow a sewing machine, collect swatches and select pattern of style to be attempted. There are lots of superb sources of inspiration. If you're a novice, go for something simple, and remember there's much to be said on the advantages of bohemianly draped swathes of raw cut cloth. Make sure your curtainfabric is weighty enough for the style intended.
When you take the fabric home, and launder it following the provided washing instructions, whack it into the machine to soften it up. Then with care, following your pattern, start to cut as instructed. Pin, tack, hem and then you are ready to stitch them together. Don't forget to line the curtains. This makes them look far more generous, if not the object of the game will be defeated, as sun will still pour in. Thread through or attach hooks, then attach to curtain rod above window and allow them to hang.
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