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My great-grandparents have been a huge inspiration behind the idea for Deerwood + Jones. With a smile, I often recall wonderful memories of family gatherings with home cooked food, playing in their yard overlooking pastures and the overall warmness of their sweet, country home.
As things have begun to bloom at the return of sunshine and milder days, one memory of their home in particular comes to mind- the vision of soft white curtains billowing in the breeze.
So, when I began my sewing journey in January, I knew this was a MUST on my to-do list of projects. After a few months of learning how to make basic stitches, seams and hems, I finally decided that I was ready to attempt my own curtains that would dance around during the spring and summer. Luckily, they were completed just in time for open-window weather in Kentucky, and I'm so excited and proud to share my simple instructions for sewing pocket curtains with you!
Here is what I did:
1. Measure from the top of the curtain rod to the bottom of your baseboard.
2. Add 8” to this measurement. I came up with 95.5 inches (87.5" + 8"). Take care to measure multiple times to make sure your measurements are accurate!
3. Using your own measurements, buy enough fabric for each panel. I bought 36" bleached muslin fabric (hint: it's cheap!)
4. Wash all of your fabric in hot water and machine dry before measuring and cutting. Some people do this several times. This is a necessary step because your fabric will shrink, rendering your measurements for this project inaccurate. (Amateur confession: I totally made this mistake on my first panel!)
5. Iron your fabric to get the majority of the wrinkles out.
6. Cut two panels of fabric to your measurements.
7. To finish the raw edges of the length of the panels, for every 2 feet of fabric, fold ½ " and press. Then, in the same direction, fold another ½" and press, again. Pin approximately every 10-12". (See pictures below…)
8. After you have pressed and pinned the long sides of both panels, sew a straight top stitch 3/8” from the edge of the fabric. (back-stitch at the beginning and end to secure)
9. In the same direction that you folded the long sides of the panels, fold the top of the panel ½” and press. Then, fold another ½” and press, again.
10. Next, fold the panel 3” in the same direction. Press and pin.
11. Sew a straight top stitch 3/8” above where the outer fabric meets the folded edge. You have now completed the pocket for your curtain!
12. Next hang your panel on the rod. At the bottom of your panel, fold your fabric under just where it meets the floor.
13. Measure to be sure that you have at least 4” of fabric beyond the fold and cut off anything in excess of 4" if you gave yourself extra fabric for cushion.
13. Repeat steps 9-11 on the bottom of your panels.
14. Sew a top stitch to close the pocket sides of the bottom hem of the curtain.
15. Press again (or steam) as needed, hang and enjoy!
If you would like to learn to sew, but are hesitant to invest in an expensive sewing machine,I highly recommend the Spiegel SP3201 Sewing Machine. This is the exact model that I use. It's under $100 and perfect for beginners. (UPDATE: The previously mentioned model of sewing machine has been out of stock for awhile since posting this blog. The closest comparable I could find was this Brother Lightweight Sewing Machine for about $150 more-still an excellent deal for a reputable sewing machine.)
-Natalie from Deerwood + Jones
(PS Post a picture of the finished project and tag Deerwood + Jones on social media!)