Many women are not strangers to the desire for themselvessew curtains with your own hands for a bedroom or a living room, a curtain in the kitchen. Curtains allow you to embody an aesthetic idea or experience creative potential, and the simplicity of implementation does not require special skills. Our advice and recommendations will allow you to create a product that will be able to become a bedroom decoration and fully perform the assigned functions.
Principles of fabric choice
Having made the decision to sew own curtains forbedroom, you need to solve a number of issues, such as choosing the style, style, color and texture of the fabric. Before you go to the fabric store, you need to understand for yourself what the main functions are the curtains in the bedroom. They are not only an element of decor, but also designed to hide from outside view a rest room. This fact is at the head of the choice of fabric for curtains, in addition, it is necessary to provide a functional version that can create an atmosphere of calmness, harmony, coziness, security and comfort in the bedroom. The basic requirements include:
- Aesthetic look.
- Increased tissue density, which prevents the penetration of street light.
- Combination with the design of the room according to texture, color and style.
Due to the fact that the curtains are designed to protect us fromunwanted noise and gaze, it is worth giving preference to heavy and dense fabrics that can be combined with a thin tulle or a translucent light veil. This advice is relevant if the bedroom windows are directed to the east or south. It is worth noting that this rule is not considered a dogma, especially if it does not get along with the chosen style and interior of the bedroom. Considering this or that variant of fabric for future curtains, do not forget about such concept as ecological compatibility. Choose natural materials or those that are easy to clean and maintain. Light curtains can be made of cotton, silk, calico or linen, for dense choose velvet, heavy silk or velor. Choose brocade, velvet, blinds, in case the bedroom windows look out onto the sunny side, a noisy courtyard or a busy road. If you are not afraid of a bright sunny morning and noise outside the window, make a choice in favor of lighter fabrics, such as organza, silk, chiffon. When choosing the color of the fabric for curtains, be guided by the overall color scheme of the room. Light shades - beige, heavenly, caramel, light pink, light green colors - perfectly combined with light furniture. Curtains deep saturated shades suitable for massive dark furniture. Drawing on the curtains is designed to emphasize the individual style of the room, and not to distract attention. Thanks to the cross strips, you can visually expand the space of the room, vertical ones will help overcome such a disadvantage as a low ceiling. If the main attention should be to attract a bed, sew curtains of the same material as the curtain on it, or at least of a similar color. Adding an interior pillows, you will get a single stylistic ensemble. For hi-tech and minimalism, bright curtains (of course, provided that the room is made in cold and light colors) will be relevant.
Choosing a design for curtains
When choosing curtains in the bedroom, the main thing isa harmonious combination of the interior components. Ideal is considered to be an option that involves the use of bedspreads, curtains and decorative pillows made from the same textile. But if such an option is not available, the style of the elements should remain the same. For the bedroom will be relevant different options for curtains, which will differ not only in color and texture, but also the mechanism of expansion. Roman, English and roller blinds are elegant and compact. The French and Austrian models look more luxuriously uplifted. They are able to give pomposity to the room, so most often they are used for a living room or for a bedroom of a large area. Fans of classical style will approach both sliding curtains, and Italian curtains of dense fabric. Such a curtain is not very difficult to produce independently, because it is a rectangular cloth, collected diagonally into folds with the help of cords and rings located on the underside of the curtain. To the classics it is customary to include Roman curtains, which are distinguished by a combination of modern practicality and classical elegance. For their manufacture, you can use both lightweight and dense fabric. The use of various fabrics and sewing methods allows the curtain to obtain the appearance of horizontal blinds. The choice in favor of such curtains should be done, if we are talking about small bedrooms, because they like no other can save space. Japanese style in the modern design of space is gaining popularity. The advantage of such curtains in the possibility of operation on different windows, as well as in the use of a variety of fabrics. The original solution will be the use of different material, which differs not only in color and texture, but also in density.
The process of sewing curtains
Choosing a fabric for curtains and the necessary elements foraccessories, you can go to the stage of tailoring the product. Sewing any product involves carrying out measurements and cutting. In the case of curtains, it is necessary to determine their length and width, cut off the necessary cloth. Remember a small stock, which is 10-15 cm wide and up to 30 cm long. In this case, as never before, the proverb "measure seven times, cut one". In the event of an error, you will have to make every effort to correct it, and sometimes it may not be possible. Marking in professional workshops is done on special tables, in the case of sewing curtains for the bedroom with their own hands, such a role can perform the floor. All actions for marking are performed using a special centimeter, straight lines can be delineated with a thin chalk or a piece of soap and a meter long wooden bar or ruler. Before sewing the stitching line, iron the fabric with iron. Thanks to this simple action, the edges become even, which contributes to a more confident and comfortable work. If you have not previously had experience working on a sewing machine, try to keep the edge of the fabric in sight. If your chosen curtain model assumes the presence of a decorative ribbon, take 2 strips of 15 cm in length and selected, not forgetting to leave a stock of 2.5 cm. Fold them in half along and sew, making a grip and decorative tape. Then cut off the strip of length of 21 cm, fold it in half along the length, sew and unscrew. Cut into three pieces of 7 cm in length. Rough edges of the strip, bend and sew to the curtain in the form of loops: one centered and two at the edges. Through these loops, pass the decorative tape and sew its ends to the side edges of the curtains. After that, slide the curtains to one side and fix the drape with a grip. Grip the hook to the wall with a hook or hook.
Sewing curtains with a lambrequin
The term "lambrequin" refers to the upper partcurtain, which is a kind of connecting link between the halves of the curtain. Lambrequin is not only an aesthetic function, it is also designed to improve the protection of the room from the penetration of sunlight. To create such curtains, you need to accurately calculate the width of the lambrequin in the cut, for this purpose the width of the cornice is multiplied by the selected folding factor. If we are talking about one-sided folds, multiply by 3 and do not forget about the allowance of 5-6 cm, which will be required for the processing of joints and shrinkage. Such a lambrequin can have a different bottom in shape: in a sub-fold or with an oblique bake. To the upper part is sewn ordinary drapery tape. With the help of patterns for the base, you can cut and sew the lining, which will make the design more dense. To create a curtain you need a number of tools and materials:
- clips on which the curtains are held;
- the cloth;
- accessories and cornice;
- sewing machine;
- subjects for measurement;
- bar length of 1 m;
Sewing of Roman curtains
For the tailoring of Roman curtains recommend choosing thick fabrics that hold the shape well. A number of tools will be needed that will help to translate what was conceived into reality:
- Rack, which must be shorter than the length of the curtain;
- finishing tape - "Velcro" and braid;
- small nails;
- plastic or metal rings with a diameter of 12 mm;
- Nylon cord length is equal to two lengths of curtains and one width.
To make Roman curtains, measure the widthwindow, which is the width of the future curtains. To the obtained number it is necessary to add 5 cm. The length is determined by the height of the window with an allowance of 12 cm for a double hem along the bottom edge and a seam over the top. On the ironed canvas, the lines of the creases, the lines of the folds and the points of sewing the rings are marked on the underside. For the first fold, a distance of ½ of the width of the fold is deposited from the line of the lower edge. All the following lines are located at the same distance, which is the width of the fold. Further work on creating curtains includes:
Alternative way to create curtains
If you do not have a sewing machine at home, it is notmeans that you will not be able to realize your creativity. An alternative way is to use the gluing method, which is based on the use of a special adhesive tape, which is not difficult to purchase in sewing accessories stores. Before use, the tape is measured and cut based on the length and width of the curtain. Further, the ribbon tucked into the seam is ironed according to the instructions. Curtains created in this way are not inferior to their fellow "brethren" in either aesthetic or functional characteristics.