I have been searching for a kitchen curtain to match my kitchen for ages! I have found a lot of different cupcake curtains and fabric, many of the darling, but all of them pink. I seriously painted my whole kitchen pink, not the same bubble gummy pink that the pic appears to be, but it is pink. I could not fathom having a curtain bring more pink in to the room!
The window is pretty small, so I only grabbed 2 yards of fabric. I simply ironed it, folded it in half, pinned it in place and cut along the fold to make two equal parts.
I had very little time to get this done, so I did it the easiest way I could think of! I measured my window first and decided I wanted my curtain to be about 24 inches long.
After cutting I had two pieces that were 1 yard each, or 36 inches.
I left the salvage edge on, folded it over an inch using my ruler and ironed it in place. I went ahead and ironed it on both sides, on both pieces. Through the whole project, I just did both panels at the same time, to save time.
Each time I iron the edges, I am ironing very well, making sure that my crease is going to stay if I move the piece around, so that I don't have to pin them all.
Working with the top of the fabric, to create my "rod pocket" I fold down the top edge about an inch to hide the rough edge.
Pretty carefully making sure its a straight line.
Once ironed I fold the top edge down about 4 inches. I was very careful to make sure this was nice and straight, because this is my top edge.
Starting with making sure the edges are lined up, I pinned it all of the way across, spacing pins enough to keep the ironed crease nice and flat.
I did the math before I ironed, I had 36 inches, I folded it about an inch to hide the rough edges top and bottom, 4 inches for the rod pocket, 6 inches for the bottom hem. That is 12 inches of folding, 36-12 = 24 inch panel.
When I was folding the bottom hem of the second panel, I double checked my length to make sure I had 24 inches. I noticed that I was off by about a quarter of an inch, so I just adjusted that before I ironed it into place.
I pinned everything into place and prepared for sewing.
I started with the top, where the rod pocket is, and with the rod pocket open, I kept the rough edge folded and sewed down the length of the panel, with a long stitch length.
I have learned to do this because of the one time I bought a curtain and this was not sewn shut, and a family of spiders made their home in there!
I use a washable marker, that I get all over my hands every time, to mark the place to put my screw. I do this because pencil is hard to erase and this marker wipes right off with a baby wipe.
Ignore the dirty dishes, I chose to make a curtain instead of clean the kitchen :)
So Cute!! It is really perfect, even my hubby liked it!