How to Make a Privacy Curtain

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Privacy may be important to have in certain windows or doors of your home. Here’s an attractive gathered curtain:

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Understand approximate measurements. Gathered curtains are usually 1.5 to 2.0 times wider than a

window. Curtain rods will be at the top and bottom of the curtain.

2

Decide upon your design. Would you like one or two panels? Would you like a ruffle at either end of the curtain?

3

Measure the length and width. Measure the glass area of your window.

4

Measure your desired curtain length.

  • Add a half inch, to turn over a quarter-inch of raw edge, at both ends of the fabric.
  • Add the width of “two” curtain rods. Add an additional 1/4 inch for movement of each rod within the rod pocket.
  • Add two inches, for each one-inch ruffle, at either end of the curtain.
5

Gather your fabric and sewing supplies. Cut your fabric.

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Hem the sides of each panel. Turn over and iron the edge of the fabric twice, to form a quarter-inch hemline. Stitch it in place.

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Fold the top and bottom of each panel.

  • Turn over and iron a quarter-inch of fabric.
  • Turn over the fabric a second time. This width should accommodate the width of your rod plus the height of a ruffle.
8

Stitch the top and bottom of each panel.

  • Stitch the hem in place.
  • Place another row of horizontal stitching between the hem and the top of the panel, accommodating for the width of the rod and ruffle.
9

Slide the rods into the pockets. Hang curtains, covering the glass of your window.

  • Spring rods work well within a window.
  • Apply simple hooks, to a door, to support the ends of each rod. Place two hooks at the top and two hooks at the bottom.
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Make curtain ties. Fasten them around the middle of the each panel.