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To make Country Curtains see my prepared instructions. Use these instructions and your measurements to purchase fabrics and threads.
I will offer 2- 3 hour classes to sew one pair of country curtains for one window. We will cut and prepare the ruffle and panels, then apply the ruffle to one pair of curtains. You can do tie backs, ruffled tie backs or bows. I have bolded all the yardages and supplies. I can supply a serger while you are in class but you must supply all threads. If you attend class please be prepared with your fabrics and threads. You will have some homework.
Bows and tiebacks can match the curtain or be a contrast. I have seen burgandy, dark green, blue and brown on the ruffle edges. If you would like to make a contrast color bow you may want to narrow roll serge the ruffles on your country curtains to match the contrast. I use wooly nylon to make the contrast. Please purchase the wooly nylon by the cone for your serger along with 3 spools to serger thread to match curtain fabric.
Here is how to make the tie backs. You will need 4 - 1 inch bone rings and 1/2 yard of fabric to match bow for tie back. Cut the 1/2 yard into 2 - 8" strips. Fold each 45" X 8" strip in half and serge or sew the raw edges together lengthwise. Turn and press seam to center of the backside to form tie back. Turn in 1/2" on the open ends and close the end with a top stitch. Sew a bone rings to each end to hook the tie to the window frame.
If you are considering bows, you should allow 1 yd of fabric for each pair of curtains. 3 strips cut 10" by 45" will be enough length to make the bows. Allow 10" strips X 68" for each bow. Form a tube by folding each 10" strip in half and sew the long edge with a 1/4" seam. Press 2 diagonal ends after you turn the strip and top stitch the ends closed. Permanently tie the bows. Attach each bow to a tie back when the curtain is in place at the window with a safety pin.
If you want a ruffled tie back allow about 45" of finished 6" ruffle per panel. You will need at least 45" of extra fabric for the ruffle tie backs.
Things you need to know! If you plan to make country ruffled curtains please read this page completely. You can email me at email@example.com for more information on classes or click on this link.
Measuring Your Window
Multiply your measured window width by 3!
Measure the length of the window or area you want to cover from top to bottom. Overall curtain length, anywhere from the sill to the apron or to the floor is a personal preference and need not be exact. By moving your rod up or down a little you can adjust the position of the curtain at your window.
If sill length is desired, just below the bottom of the sill is correct.
Note all measurements. From the formulas above and the knowledge that the fabric is 45" wide and a yard is 36" use your calculator to figure yardage. A rough guess is 6 to 7 yards a window plus the tie backs for sill length.
(Please note some of the pictures used are from retail country curtain dealers and only used to show examples to contrast edges and not intended to illustrate a classroom finished project)