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Anyone made their own curtains?

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MummyDuckAndDuckling Fri 19-Oct-12 15:19:08

Just that really! In fabric shop today buying thermal lining for dd curtains and seen the most gorgeous fabric reduced to £3 a meter that would go in my living room. I was going to buy curtains but figured I could give this a go. I can borrow a machine and the window isn't huge (aprox 80inches wide with a 90inch or so drop). I thought of maybe buying thermal linings in correct size then sewing the new fabric to them after I've hemmed it etc

Ginshizz Fri 19-Oct-12 15:25:32

I made curtains for most of the rooms in our house when we moved as we were too broke to buy any new ones.

I am the least talented craft person in the whole world but it was surprisingly easy ... Go for it!


PS I can tell you from bitter experience that sewing while drunk, even if you've only had a little, results in hours of unpicking the next day blush

Ginshizz Fri 19-Oct-12 15:26:41

PS the thermal lining is a good idea; I put thermal black out material in the bedroom curtains which worked brilliantly.

Grumpla Fri 19-Oct-12 15:28:29

Yep it's really not that hard as long as you are sober has your library got a reference section? Any soft furnishing book would have diagrams etc. What kind of curtain rail have you got? Tape and hooks is dead easy.

MummyDuckAndDuckling Fri 19-Oct-12 15:31:52

Oh sounds great grin promise not to drink first
Iv not got anything up yet, but was thinking just a pole and hooks. I figure if I just use the thermal lining 'curtain' as a guide, I can't go wrong hmm

I will have a look on YouTube tonight for any video tutorials smile

Ginshizz Fri 19-Oct-12 21:55:12

Good luck and I hope you enjoy it! Pole and hooks sound like a good idea.

The John Lewis website has some good stuff on making your own curtains if you're after inspiration.

Have fun but not wine


HappyTurquoise Sat 20-Oct-12 21:06:55

We have 4 huge floor to ceiling windows in our living room, so if anyone sees good fabric at 10p a metre, let me know!

Have made some in the past. If attaching a lining, just attach along the top and let them hang (make the front a little wider than the lining, to cover it).

HappyTurquoise Sat 20-Oct-12 21:07:45

Measure constantly, check twice (or more) cut once.

MummyDuckAndDuckling Sat 20-Oct-12 21:13:10

I actually found a pair of curtains today in ikea reduced from £30 to £15! They aren't lined but pretty thick anyway. I'll see if I can link them.. Nope can't see them online

aleene Sat 20-Oct-12 21:53:23

Buy plenty material! Don't skimp on that.

lemontruffles Sun 21-Oct-12 09:48:23

I am a professional curtain maker - feel free to pm me if you decide to make your own and you'd like any advice.

MummyDuckAndDuckling Sun 21-Oct-12 10:33:06

How very kind of you truffles smile. I'm still planning it in my mind but will take you up on that offer smile

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