You’ve heard of lion-taming, right? And you must have heard of dragon-slaying. But have you heard of curtain training! I’m not lying: the man in the John Lewis curtain department told me that’s what you have to do for weeks after hanging up your new curtains. Every time you open them, fold into identical pleats then tie them gently together. In time they should assume this shape automatically.
Curtain training! Honestly… It’s a good job there was a pile of rugs in the John Lewis furnishings department so I didn’t have to roll on the floor laughing.
But apart from the ludicrous name, I confess that’s what I did every morning for at least a week after making these curtains for my daughter’s room. I lovingly pressed the plump folds into a concertina-like position(tying them seemed a step too far.). These picture show what they look like after I abandoned the regime and went back to my usual routine of a rushing thug. What can I say: life takes over.
In making them, I followed all the good advice you gave me after I posted pictures of my bicycle curtains:
I cut off the selvedges. Also I pulled at lengths of thread, both crosswise and vertically, to establish the true grain of fabric. Last time I sewed patterned curtains, I relied on the graphics instead and it didn’t produce a good enough hang.
I forked out for a walking (even feed) foot. This really saved me time when matching up the pattern horizontally. I still had to use my seam ripper when I made vertical mismatches. With a pattern like this, a millimetre off the seam line and I risked the curtain opening out to reveal mutant three-eyed kitties!
I used bump. Actually, I used Synthetic Interlining. Bump is
a word I likethe correct term for expensive cotton interlining. But even so, these curtains feel very luxurious and are actually a pleasure to be near! My best curtains so far and I don’t think these photos do them justice but it’s a small bay window that I can’t stand in front of because of a high sleeper bunk in the way!
A chance to get one leftover Fat Quarter (18″ by 22″) with one Regular Quarter (9″ by 44″) of the fabric: a lovely cream cotton called ’Cocoland Musical’. It’s a Kokka Japan bought from Frumble. (Not sure what a FQ is? All explained here.) It won’t get you curtains but plenty for a peg bag, a pencil case or a door stop. To go into the draw, leave me a silly comment below and one winner will be drawn on Friday 30th. Make sure you can be contacted.
So, tell me about your curtain taming! Er, training!