Curtain panels are made from pieces of fabric that are sewn together or are finished around their edges to be hung alone. Curtain panels can be designed either for functionality or for decorative purpose or both. Constructing your own curtain panels for your windows provides the opportunity to select your own fabric patterns and colors. Customized curtain panels are also an ideal solution for irregular sized windows where standard curtain sizes would be unfit for use. Follow these steps to construct your personalized curtain panels and change the look of your interiors.

• Select a drapery rod: Curtain or drapery rods are available in a variety of materials like wood, wrought iron, stainless steel, etc. They also feature unique and decorative designs.

• Measure the drapery rod: The width of the curtain fabric must be wide enough to cover the entire drapery rod. Measure the length of the rod with a tape measure and make a note of the width of the rod.

• Decide on the curtain panel length: Curtain panels can be of various lengths depending on the décor of the room and your personal choice. The standard for curtain panel length followed in most homes are:

? Floor length curtains for a formal dining room

? Curtains paddling on the floor for a living room

? Curtains that reach the window sill or just below it for kitchen windows

• Measure the length of the curtain: To get the correct measurement, start from the top of the curtain rod to the bottom of the window sill or floor. In case you have not installed the curtain rod yet, mark the point where the rod is to be installed and start measuring from there.

• Remember to add extra inches for hemming: For hemming add 1 inch to the width and 4 inches to the length of the fabric measurements. This new measurement is the panel size of your drapery.

• Select and buy your fabric: Buy your fabric according to the panel measurement. You can have the fabric cut into the number and size of panels you need.

• Fold the edges of the fabric: Fold the fabric piece on each side by 1 inch. Carefully position pins along the side folds to hold it in place. Next, fold the bottom and top of the fabric piece by 4 inches. Repeat placing pins along the folds. Continue folding the other fabric pieces in the same manner.

• Make sure to iron the edges: Iron the sides, tops and bottoms of the fabric pieces without removing the pins.9

• Stitch the sides of the fabric: This creates the side hem of the curtain panel. Stitch the sides of the other fabric pieces as well. Now remove the pins from the fabric pieces.

• Sew the bottom of the fabric: This creates the bottom hem of the fabric. Stitch the bottom of the other fabric pieces as well. Now remove the pins from the fabric pieces.

• Create a rod casing at the top: Make a line in the middle of the pinned, 4 inch section at the top with the help of a ruler. Carefully pin along the line.

• Stitch the rod casing: After sewing the curtain rod casing remove the pins from the fabric. Repeat this rod casing stitching for the other fabric pieces.

• Iron the curtain panels: After all the sewing and pinning, the fabric may feature a wrinkled look. Iron the curtain panels for a crisp and fresh look.

• Hang the curtain panels: Finally, hang your customized curtain panels.


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