How To Make Gathered Curtains? 12 Easy Steps!

How to make gathered curtains? Knowing how to do this can help you in making your room more stylish.

Curtains with gathered headings can fit all design themes. It is typically a wide fabric that you can add to large windows.

This is a fuss-free window treatment due to its stationary position.

For as long as you know the tricks in making them, you can surely hang them properly in place.

The tricks that I am talking about are related to calculations.

You need to figure out the fullness required, the dimensions of the finished curtain, as well as the number of panels needed.

But the most complicated thing is finding out the dimensions of the fabric needed to make the finished curtain.

The actual making process is simply sewing seams and folding hems.


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Steps To Make Gathered Curtains 

If you stitch curtains yourself, you can ensure that they will surely fit in your windows.

So, how to make gathered curtains?

It is very simple to do for as long as you get the measurements accurately.

In this section, we will be discussing the process step by step.


Step #1. Deciding where you want to hang the curtain

You need to decide whether or not you want to hang your curtain within the window frame.

By how much do you intend to hang from the top and on the side?

Also, decide on your desired length, whether you want it to end right below the windowsill, extend to the floor, or just in between like a valance.


Step #2. Measuring up

Before you start getting the measurement, it would be best to hang the track or curtain pole in place first.

Start measuring the pole’s width and divide it into two if you intend to make a pair of gathered curtains.

Also, measure the curtain rod’s circumference and take note of the measurement on a piece of paper.

Then measure for the drop starting from the top where you intend it to hang towards the bottom.


Step #3. Installing the curtain rod

In installing the curtain rod, follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer.

After you have mounted it onto the wall, measure starting from the bottom of the rod towards the desired curtain length.


Step #4. Cutting the fabric

The rod circumference that you take note of earlier must be added by eight inches for the bottom hemming and six inches for the ruffle.

Then, cut the length of your fabric to this number.


Step #5. Hemming the fabric

The fabric must be folded about four inches for the bottom hem.

Fold it again for another four inches, then press.

To secure the hem, sew near the second fold.

Also, fold the side edges at about one and a half inches, then press.

Repeat the same process for the second fold.


Step #6. Adding drapery weights

Attach an inch drapery weight right on top of the bottom hem by opening the first fold at the bottom of the fabric.

Then, align along the edge to the second fold at the side.

Secure those weights in place by stitching them into the plastic tab above the weights.

Once done, fold the hem back in place.


Step #7. Sewing the hem

Now, sew the hems starting from the top toward the bottom of the edges of the panel.

The stitches must be near the second fold.

Then, fold the top edge of the fabric and press.


Step #8. Sewing for the hook

Position the curtain panel onto the table with the wrong side facing downwards and the pressed side upwards.

Sew the hook-and-loop tape about an inch from the edge just above the pressed folds.


Step #9. Sewing the ruffle

Divide the circumference of the rod into two and add two and a half inches to this measurement.

Fold the top edge of the fabric by this number and press.

Pin the hem in place.

Mark a line for the ruffle starting from the panel’s top edge using a self-erasing pencil.

Then, start sewing across the curtain panel near the first fold.

Next, you can sew the line you made for the ruffle to create the ruffle itself as well as the rod casing.


Step #10. Inserting the rod

Slip the panel onto the curtain rod.

Then arrange the gathers to ensure that they are even.


Step #11. Attaching the tape to the rod

Cut two pieces of the self-sticking hoop and loop tape and stick them at the back of the rod.

One should be aligned to the panel edge and the other one onto the edge outside.

Make sure that their position matches the equivalent tape you stitched into the curtain earlier.


Step #12. Securing the panel

To secure the panel, ensure that the tapes and the curtain are aligned.


It’s A Wrap!

Acquiring custom-made curtains will cost you several bucks.

It may be worth it if you invest it in something fancy and elaborate.

But if you are after the simpler ones only, it would be best to learn how to make gathered curtains.

This can be done easily. All you need to do is to sew the fabric in straight seams.

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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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