How to Make Austrian Curtains

Although you may have heard of them as Austrian blinds, they are actually a set of curtains with twice the fullness of a batten width. If you have ever attempted to make Austrian curtains, you should know the blind is pulled from the bottom to the top.


The mechanisms might be a bit tricky and intimidating to understand. However, with this step-by-step guide on making Austrian curtains, you will find that it is relatively easy to follow. Complete the ruffle and shade with the help of your sewing equipment. 


You might need basic skills in sewing, cutting, and measuring. Practicing your accuracy and attention to detail also counts when you try to piece the fabric pieces together. If you are looking for the perfect project to test your skills, then this might be it.


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What are Austrian curtains?

The most common example for Austrian blinds is the front curtains in grand theaters. Most of the time, they are rigged and designed to look and function exactly like an Austrian curtain. Most people refer to it as a “Puff Drape” because of its vertical seams and soft swags.


Austrian curtains create a sophisticated effect each time you lift the drapery. All of the swags rise at an equal speed and height, giving it a luxurious and stylish look. Many event venues use these types of drapery to style their backdrops and serve as an elegant touch in their design.


These typically comprise lightweight curtain fabric, a lining material, a blind track, some Austrian blind tape, and a heading tape. Its fantastic design sure knows how to add volume to any window. Here is how you can make them.


Step 1: Measurements

Get your measuring tape ready as we are about to take some measurements. Measure the top of the installed rack running all the way to the bottom of the window frame. From that, add twenty inches and label the value as your fabric panel’s length. Your fabric panel’s width should be double the blind track’s width. 


From there, we can calculate the amount of fabric that you will need for the ruffles. Take the length and double its size, adding that value to the width as well. Double its sum to get the total fabric length needed for the ruffles. Each ruffle will be at least 3 inches in width.


Step 2: Prepare the fabric.

Cut your curtain fabric to the measurements needed to form the panel. Do the same for the lining fabric pieces. Join them together and match the prints if necessary. Use an iron to press the seams open. 


Step 3: Make the ruffle.

Join two strips of fabric lining together using both ends. Join all the required pieces together and hem the bottom edges of the strip. Make two rows of gathering stitches along its top edge and pull these threads together. You should be able to achieve the fabric width measurement.


Take your shade fabric and lay it right side up on the floor. Use your sewing pin to hold the gathered edges of the material at around an inch from the edge. Ensure that the right sides touch the hemmed edge of the ruffle that is pointing towards the inside of the panel.


Step 4: Stitch them together.

Hand stitch between the thread rows, making sure that it is half an inch from the raw edges. Remove the sewing pins and gathering stitches. Lay your shade patterned side up on the floor. Check if your ruffles face towards the center.


Place your fabric lining with the patterned side down the top of the shade fabric. The lining’s raw edges should match the bottom and side edge of the shade. Pin and sew them together on three edges at around half an inch from the edge. Press them together.


Step 5: Make the loops.

Get your Austrian blind tape and cut them into four sections. Make sure that it is an inch longer than the shade’s length. Position the first and second loop at the sides around two inches below the top of the shade and stitch both of them. 


Position the remaining two evenly from the edge and stitch them together. Sew the heading tape on the wrong side of the top of the shade. Make the necessary adjustments, and you have yourself an operating Austrian shade.


Now that you know how to make Austrian curtains don’t be afraid to mix them up using a different pattern or layering them with swags and sheers. Just make sure always to use lightweight fabric when making your own Austrian shade.


Step 6: Hang your curtains

Place the curtains on the baton and hang them on the window. It would be best to hang it inside the window recess. Just try to fix it to the underside of the window frame. Adjust the fabric and ruffles until you are satisfied with its appearance.

Note: This kind of curtain will leave fold lines or wrinkles on the fabric when you lower its position. You can layer it with another curtain so that you won’t have to lift or lower your curtain’s positions from time to time to maintain privacy. 


Learning how to make Austrian curtains can be pretty intimidating. They look a bit complicated because of their elegant grandeur. But with enough patience and practice, you can make your own to decorate your home’s plain windows.

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Easy Window Curtains: How to Make Your Own Without Sewing

Window treatments can be expensive, but luckily there are many ways to save money on your window curtains. This article will show you how to make your own without sewing!


Steps on Make Curtains Without Sewing

Step 1. Buy fabric and a rod that matches the size of your window. You will also need to buy some pins, an ironing board, scissors, measuring tape or ruler, and something to make a hem (such as thread).

Step 2. Measure how wide your curtains should be by adding two inches on either side for hems. The height should be the length of your window.

Step 3. Buy one yard of fabric for every panel that you want to make (e.g., if you are making three panels, buy three yards). Also, measure how wide and long your curtains should be by adding two inches on either side to account for hems. The height will depend on how many windows and how long your panels are.

Step 4. Cut the fabric to size for each panel of curtains and hem any edges that need it by folding over once, ironing flat, then pressing with a hot iron. You can leave them raw if you want an unfinished look which is what I did here.

Step 5. Take one piece at a time and pin it to the top of your window, leaving room on either side for how wide you want it and hemming.

Step 6. Begin sewing around the perimeter with a straight stitch, moving from left to right or right to left. You can use an overcast stitch if you have thicker fabric that needs more support. Be sure not to sew past where your panel ends.

Step 7. Repeat with the remaining panels and leave your curtains open until it’s time to hang them up!


How to Wash Curtains

  • Wash in cold water on the delicate cycle and dry flat. You can also take care of light stains by spritzing with a stain remover or vinegar before washing.
  • For more stubborn stains, soak the curtains in water mixed with a little detergent and stain remover for 30 minutes before washing.
  • To remove dust, vacuum the curtains or shake outside.
  • Avoid washing your curtain with a load of towels as it could fray or cause shrinkage in some fabrics.


How to Hang Curtains

Hanging your curtains can be as simple or elegant as you want them to be.

Hangers: You can use a variety of hangers for different looks, including plastic sticks in shower clips, clear clothespins, and fabric loops.

Rods: Basic curtain rods are perfect with most fabrics but if you have heavier fabrics, use a metal rod.

Hooks: Hang hooks at the top of your window frame, then simply hang your curtains over them.

Rod Pocket Cords: You can use these to hang your curtains without sewing. They provide a cleaner, more finished look and they’re good for heavier fabrics that won’t stay on regular hooks.

Tiebacks/Cord Loops: These are great for short windows with no rods or if you don’t want the hassle of installing anything else. Just tie them to the top corners of the panel.

Ropes: Use these if you’re looking for a more natural look and feel. You can attach them to your window frame with eye hooks, then hang your panels over them in any way that works best for you (hanging one on each side or hanging both from one side).

Tension Rods: These are best for short windows. Just place the rods on any side of your window, then hang one curtain over them and use a tension rod to keep it in place (you’ll need two).


How to Preserve Curtains to last long

Hang your curtains in a way that they won’t touch the floor or ground. This will ensure you don’t have to replace them because of mold growth.

Wash your curtain at least once every three months with water and detergent, then hang it outside for some fresh air before storing it away again (you can also use a dryer sheet).

Store your curtains at room temperature in an area with good air circulation.

If you’re storing it away for the wintertime, make sure to put them in a sealed plastic bag or container that will keep bugs out. Make sure to give them time before using them again by airing them out outdoors.


The Benefits of Window Curtains

  1. They’re a great way to get privacy in your home without taking down the curtains. Privacy helps keep both sunlight and light from outside sources out, which can help you sleep better at night by reducing how much artificial light is spilling into your bedroom.
  2. Window treatments add an elegant touch to your home. Curtains are a great way to liven up any room in the house or can be chosen for how they coordinate with the colors of your furniture and other decor pieces that you have.
  3. They’re also an easy way to change the feel of your windows without having to spend too much money! Window treatments can be swapped out with the seasons, to add a festive feel during the holiday season.
  4. Curtains are also an easy way to make any room in your home more inviting and welcoming!

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