Some time ago I was at The Streets At Southpoint Mall, in Durham NC. I had to return something and thought I would just pop into Pottery Barn while I was there.
They happened to be having a sale and I fell in love with this flower print in the store.
All they had was the duvet but the salesperson told me I could also get the curtain panels online. I really don’t like duvets but I purchased it with the intention of turning it into a quilt.
When I got home I immediately ordered the panels. I wasn’t even sure where they were going, but again, I just loved the print.
Usually I don’t buy ready made curtains. I make them myself because I can control everything about them, from the fabric and trims, to the way they dress the windows.
So I looked for a way to dress them up when they arrived in the post. Make them look a tad more custom made.
Being a fabric and trim hoarder (according to my friends), I looked for the perfect trim among the many yards of it stashed away.
The panels were out of luck though. I really wanted a tape that would run from the top to the bottom, not a fringe.
Since my lucky hoard couldn’t come through for me on this one, that meant a trip to Mill Outlet Village.
This is the Mecca of upholstery and drapery fabrics and trims. I could spend weeks there and still not see enough.
Unfortunately at every visit I want to redecorate every room in the house. It’s a very dangerous place to go.
Knowing what I wanted, it was a quick pop in and out. No browsing for this hoarder 🙂
The first step was attaching the tape to the curtain panels.
Using my yardstick, which is 1.5″ wide, to keep me that exact distance from the edge of the panel, making sure to leave enough extra length at the top and bottom to turn the tape under.
I pinned the tape onto the panels before I started sewing. Sometimes the tape has a tendency to slip while sewing, and better safe than sorry.
There are two other choices for attaching the tape if you do not sew, hot glue or Heat n Bond tape.
If you are using glue, make sure you get both edges secured with the glue so you do not have curling later. Even using glue I would use clothespins to secure the tape while the glue dries.
This would also be a the way to use the Heat n Bond tape. Heat n Bond tape does come in different widths.
Because of the edges curling I would try and find the width that allows you to place one strip on each side of the tape.
After pinning all the tape it’s as simple as sewing a straight line. Or if you have chosen the alternate method…ironing or gluing a straight line.:-)
This is the finished product.
Happy Sewing !!