Liven up a plain curtain with patterned borders and braids or use this method to lengthen existing curtains to fit a new window. Choose fabrics with similar colours, mixing spots, stripes and florals, and add ricrac braid and ribbon for extra decoration.
- Spotted fabric
- 50 cm/20 in. striped fabric
- 50 cm/20 in. floral fabric
- Sewing machine and matching thread
- Two lengths of braid
- One length of jumbo ricrac braid
- Curtain lining fabric
- Curtain heading tape
Approximate sewing time: 3 hours
- Cut a piece of spotted fabric to the required size. Cut a piece of striped fabric 26 cm/10¼ in. deep and a piece of floral fabric 29 cm/ 11½ in. deep; both pieces should be the same width as the spotted fabric. With right sides together, pin and machine stitch the striped fabric to the bottom of the spotted fabric and the floral fabric to the bottom of the striped fabric. Press open the seams
- Pin and machine stitch one piece of braid over the join between the floral and striped fabrics. Pin and stitch the ricrac braid along the join between the striped and spotted fabrics. Lay the second piece of braid over half of the ricrac and stitch in place.
- Cut a piece of lining fabric the same length as the curtain and 3 cm/1¼ in. narrower. With right sides together, pin and machine stitch the lining fabric to the curtain along both long sides. Turn right side out and press.
- At the top of the curtain, turn over 1 cm/⅜ in. to the wrong side. Turn over an additional 5 cm/2 in. and pin. Pin the curtain heading tape along this folded section and machine stitch in place. Hem the bottom of the curtain by folding over 1 cm/⅜ in. and another 3 cm/ 1¼ in. and machine stitch in place.