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Help with Curtain Ideas and Sew Instructions

Finding curtain ideas and sewing instructions can be easy. You can find many patterns to buy for a variety of curtain styles. You can also find free patterns online or you can make your own. To start with making your own curtain sew instructions you need to know a little about the basics of sewing curtains.

Background Information to Know

Curtains are an easy project. They involve basic stitching and usually are not complicated patterns to follow. In general making one panel curtain is easy. All you need to do is measure and cut it to the desired length and width, sew the edges and hang it. It is quite simple. However, you will likely be looking to be more creative.

There are a variety of curtains. They all follow that same basic pattern, though. You have to know the basic pattern to be able to create more complex patterns and designs. Every curtain pattern you will make will follow the same basic pattern of measure-cut-hem.


Coming up with curtain ideas is as easy as flipping through home design magazines or searching the internet. There are numerous places to find curtain ideas. Since curtains are a relatively easy project you should be able to come up with a pattern based off of a picture. For more complex curtains you may need to do further research into the curtain construction.

Here are some ideas on popular curtain styles that you may want to try:

Panel - These are simple, straight length curtains. They are the basic curtain pattern mentioned above.
Pleated - These are curtains that have pleats. The pleats are made at the top and sewn into the curtain. They have a full look to them.
Valances - These are more like window toppers than curtains. They run along the top of the window and do not provide full window coverage. They can be used with panels.
Drapes - Different than curtains, drapes are made form thick material and are intended to serve as more than a window covering. They are also used to trap heat or cool in and keep cool or heat out.

As you can see curtain ideas and sew instructions are easy to come by. You can almost always find whatever information you need either by looking in magazines, searching online or creating your own ideas. Making curtains can be fun and are a project that will not take a lot of time.

Tip #1

If you don't already have one, buy a used sewing machine and make sure that you will enjoy and stick with it. As you learn the techniques and become skillful, you may decide to spring for a new machine later.

Tip #2

Focus on learning one sewing skill at a time. Become good at that technique, then move along and learn the next.

Tip #3

Become acquainted with the tools you will need to become good at sewing. As you master one tool, start practicing with another and the first thing you know, you will be a sewing master!

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