Curtain Instructional

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While I've been knitting for around 40 years, I'm still pretty much of a beginner at sewing. I've dabbled with sewing at various points in my life and have made quilt blocks, curtains, skirts and a skirt with a matching jacket style top with a short over-skirt. Not much of a portfolio so I've decided to journey back into the world of sewing. I hope you will join me so we can learn together!

Disclaimer: I hope you find this article helpful. Since I'm still learning, what I'm about to describe may not be the best way or even the correct way to perform each step but this is what worked for me. I would love any feedback on how I could do or explain things better! For the first project on my sewing journey I made lined curtains for the JBW retail shop. The retail shop faces the rising sun and we decided that we needed curtains, not only to keep retail cooler but to protect the yarns from fading from the sunlight.

After kicking around several ideas, we decided to utilize some of the beautiful fabrics we sell and make them ourselves. Our first dilemma...which fabric to use? We thought the most fun way to decide was to let all the Beans have a say, so we asked everyone to nominate fabrics they thought would look good. Then we held a vote... And the overwhelming winner was
Tina Givens Opal Owl fabric in the red colorway!
 Curtain Instructional
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  • We wanted a finished curtain length of 83 inches, measured from the top of the curtain rod. To this measurement I added 3 inches for making a 2 1/2-inch rod pocket and 8 inches for a double fold hem at the bottom so we cut the main fabric into 94 inches lengths. Being that these are in a retail space and will be drawn back with ties we didn't want too much bulk. So I opted to go with 2 panels, the full fabric width of 44 inches. The curtains will be just a couple of inches less than 2 times the window's width. We chose this super-cute Tina Givens Opal Owl fabric.
  • The lining was cut 2 inches shorter and 2 inches narrower than the main fabric. We chose a light solid by Freespirit.
  • One large or two small spools of Cotton Thread
  • Lots of Pins; this Magnetic Pincushion also came in very handy.

**Note: The amount of yardage and thread you will need will depend on the size of your curtains.
About the Designer
Designer - Terry King

Terry is one of the multi-talented fiber-lovers here at Jimmy Beans Wool. She's done a little of a lot of things but fibers keep drawing her back. And now she's getting into sewing, which we think is great! At one time or another she's done everything from raising wool sheep, angora goats and rabbits and judging fibers and crafts to spinning, dyeing and knitting her own yarns! She has a deep appreciation for all things handmade with care, a passion for learning and likes learning all the old ways of making household items from foods to soaps to clothes (and curtains!).

We hope you enjoy this free sewing pattern. This free pattern and the associated photographs are only for personal non-commercial use and are not for resale.
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