Jabots are lengths of curtain that hang down the sides of a window treatment and often accompany a swag which goes across the window. You can easily learn how to sew a lace jabot in minutes. It is really easy to do and great project for a beginner.
The first thing you need to do is plan out your design. Jabots are irregular shaped. They have a long length side that angles in to a shorter length side. The longer length hangs on the outside with the shorter length hanging on the inside, towards the window. What you need to decide is how long and wide you want your jabot.
You should start by measuring your window. If you would like the jabot to end at the window sill then measure to there. If you want it to hang down lower then measure to the desired length.
Now you will need to cut the fabric. You want to measure the fabric and cut to the length you decided upon. Before cutting the angle, you will need to pleat the fabric. This should be done carefully as the jabot is exposed and needs to be nicely finished. Once you have pleated your fabric, press it. You should then measure out how wide it needs to be according to your window measurements. After you have cut the width you can then cut the angle at the bottom. It can help to use a muslin for this step which you can then use as a pattern piece.
How to Sew a Lace Jabot
Now for the sewing. You will need to hem the top, bottom and sides. Again, make sure your stitches are neat and even for a good finished look. This is very simple and should be a breeze with a sewing machine. You can hand sew it, too, so no machine is really necessary. You can lightly tack the pleats back into place if you like, too, but this is not necessary.
Assembling the Jabot
You should have a window box to attach your jabot to. This is simply three pieces of wood that frame the top of the window and give you a base for hanging your window treatment. You can staple your jabot to the board. As you staple, make the pleats again, which should be easy since you have pressed them into place. Make sure your staples are hidden with the next pleat. Now you are finished and have made a beautiful window treatment.
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.
Focus on learning one sewing skill at a time. Become good at that technique, then move along and learn the next.
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