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Curtain Making

Teach Yourself Curtains Parts 1 & 2 - Downloadable GuideTeach Yourself Curtains Parts 1 & 2 - Downloadable Guide

Our practical step-by-step Teach Yourself Guide to curtain making. This is a complete two part guide, with Part 1 covering the design, tracking and pole options, planning, measurement and estimation of materials. Part 2 focuses on the cutting out, making-up and hanging of your curtains. This comprehensive guide teaches you how to make both lined and interlined curtains with taped and hand stitched headings and provides lots of handy tips for hanging and dressing the finished article.

With the help of Teach Yourself Curtains you'll no longer need to waste money on inadequate ready-made curtains or expensive made-to-measure solutions and will be able to create your own stunning window dressings in your own choice of fabrics and designs. The guide is designed to cater for all levels of experience so you don't need to be a sewing expert. The step-by-step instructions are supported by illustrations to guide you and practical instructions on how to complete all the necessary soft furnishings sewing techniques.

Contents of Part 1 - Planning and Preparation

Step 1 - Consider the design Location of the window
- Functional or decorative curtains
- Curtains alone or curtain and pelmet or valance combination
- Type of heading

Step 2 - Choose the right tracking system or pole
Track and pole designs
- Hand drawn systems
- Pre-corded systems
- Metal or plastic
- Pole or track
Track and pole installation
- Track/batten configuration
- Pelmet board and track assembly system
- Pole installation
- Covered lathe

Step 3 Measuring and estimation of face fabric requirements
- Measuring the window
- Taped headings (plain fabrics) calculating the widths and total fabric required
- Taped headings (patterned fabrics) including half drop pattern repeats
- Hand stitched headings:
- Understand the definition of a hand stitched heading;
- Pinch pleat heading; Goblet and cartridge pleat heading

Step 4 Estimation of ancillary materials
- Lining, Interlining, Tape/curtain buckram, Weights, Sewing thread

Contents of Part 2 - Making up your curtains
Part two of this complete guide provides step-by-step instructions for making up your lined or interlined curtains, as well as practical hanging instructions. Please note that you only need to add this guide to your basket once (parts 1 and 2 are included).

Making-up lined curtains with a taped heading
- Check your face fabric
- Cutting out and assembling the face fabric and lining
- Assembling the curtains
- Attaching the heading tape

Making-up interlined curtains with a taped heading
- As above

Making-up a lined or interlined curtain with a handstitched heading with buckram
- Assembling the curtains
- Inserting the buckram
- Working out pleat and space calculations
- Stitching in the pleats
> Triple, Pinch or French pleats
> Goblet or cartridge pleat

Curtains installation
- Curtain hanging and tips for achieving the best finished look (track fitting is covered in part 1)

This unique guide now comes with free supplementary notes on how to make beautiful modern tab and eyelet headed curtains (please see below and add this to your basket too before going to the checkout).
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Teach Yourself Tab & Eyelet HeadingsTeach Yourself Tab & Eyelet Headings
Free Supplementary Notes

These stylish minimalist curtain designs are hugely popular at the moment and are some of the easiest styles of window dressing to achieve. They have the added advantage of requiring less fabric than more traditional curtain headings. The Simply Furnishings team has produced this fantastic FREE guide to making tab and eyelet headed curtains available to download now, so there's no excuse not to give it a go!

These practical sewing instructions are designed to supplement our Teach Yourself guide to curtain making, but can also be used by more experienced sewers, familiar with traditional curtain making techniques, as a standalone set of instructions. Just add this guide to your basket, fill in your customer information and get started!

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