I have a couple of different brands to thank for our amazing new dining room and Online Fabric Store is one of them. May I present the greatest lined curtains of all time. And if they’re NOT the greatest curtains of all time, they’re pretty dang close!
Full disclosure, Online Fabric Store gave me a gift certificate towards some of this fabric but I totally fooled them because I woulda bought the fabric regardless. I discovered OFS last year when I was on a reupholstery kick and found out they carried like EVERYthing reupholstery… tacks and hammers and gimp and webbing. Yeah… I was into it all.
How to Sew Lined Curtain Panels
Back to my dining room.
You’ve heard my whole schpeal about lavender… I really wanted the fabric in there to mesh with the lavender and help to keep it a more sophisticated shade and less ‘look at my new ballet leotard’ shade. Enter Braemore’s Selim pattern (affiliate). I’m not going to reinvent the wheel because the amazing House of Hepworths did it all… I followed her tutorial for sewing (cheap) lined curtains to the letter. Go read it to see how genius she is.
Step 1. Measure and cut
Step 2. Fold Over sides and Iron
Step 3. Cut off the Hem of a Twin sheet
Step 4. Fold the fabric over the edge of the sheet
Step 5. Sew the hemmed edge
Floor flanges and pipes are popping up everywhere as interesting industrial materials for DIY. Everything from shelving to beds to curtain rods. I picked up four 3/4″ floor flanges (affiliate) Warning: floor flanges aren’t cheap… they’ll run you about $10 a piece so if you’re looking to get lots and lots of them, do a little work online for more affordable flanges. I also grabbed some electrical conduit… it looks like plumbing pipe but is cheaper and lighter… both good things for a curtain rod. It’s not threaded on either end, but it fits at least 1/2″ into the elbow joints I found so these curtain rods aren’t going anywhere.
To install the curtain rods, assemble them first and then grab a friend to help… I don’t think it’s possible for this to be a one-person job unless you’re last name is MacGyver. We measured and determined which screws would be going into a stud and which ones would need dry wall anchors.
Mark held the curtain rods up with a level to keep them straight, and I ran around and drilled. We’re not doing pull ups on these guys, but they’re sturdy.
I used the simple wooden clip rings from Home Depot, but I clipped them onto my curtains about an inch below to edge to give the look of pinch pleats. Sewing isn’t my jam mostly because I feed fabric through the sewing machine with a hand as steady as Ozzie Osborn. But these curtains… to quote the ever wise, Rachel Zoe: “I die.” The lining makes them seem SO much more legit. (Also.. it’s true what they say about ironing stuff BEFORE you sew… so much easier.) I cannot even describe how much I love the fabric. It’s fun, colorful, and pulls everything together in this room.
Disclaimer: Online Fabric Store provided me with a gift certificate but the opinions I have shared are 100% my own, and Online Fabric Store did not tell me what to say or how to say it.