Annie Sloan – Fabric Tutorial No.2 – a simple curtain

Annie Sloan – Fabric Tutorial No.2 – a simple curtain


I’d like to introduce you to my fabrics. There’s a lovely collection of them… A bit of boho chic… a little bit of French… a bit of country… And this is a collection I think works
really well with my paints. Now I don’t have time to do what I used to do which is I used to make my own… …curtains a lot. I used to hand sew them. And I now work with Julie, who is just totally on my wavelength. She understands… …how I work. She’s terrific. So she’s going to demonstrate how to
do a simple curtain that you can do… …for yourself. Julie, I’d like you to make this very
simple curtain. It’s just this one here I’ve done with the double or two-inch header tape but I’d… like you to make one with just a single, one-inch header tape. Because that way, when that’s made and you’ve understood how to make one… you can make any curtain after that. You can make one with a leading edge like this or just simple. And I’d like this one… …just to be a simple one. Lined, of course. With the French Hens. J: Perfect! So a little gathering and… J: About an inch.
A: Yeah, about that much.
J: And down from the top… …lining… J: Very nice!
A: Perfect. Always start from the bottom. This is turning the hem up. It’s a double turning hem… …and it’s 7.5 cm or 3 inches. And the sides… 3 inches. Next bit… …is your mitre. It’s the point where the side and the hem meet. Turn at a right angle. Turn it up. Turn it in. And turn it up. I’m going to put a penny-weight… in the corners. Sew it into a little bag for safety. This is the stitch that holds the turning down. And you’re just going through one layer of… fabric. Just taking one thread. I’m going to sew the penny-weight into the mitred corner. It holds the curtain nice and straight. I’m going to sew the hem. Just do a double knot. I’m going to do… a little stitch like this. So the next bit is attaching… the lining. You need to turn it in… 2.5 or 1 inch. So turn up the hem and it’s… double turning… Just pin up the hem… ready to machine it. I’m just going to attach the lining… to the main fabric. I’m just using a little slip stitch. Now I’ve finished sewing the lining to
the main fabric… I’m going to do the heading. Set the… turning 10 cm or 4 inches. Fold it over. The heading tape… needs to be 7.5 cm for the top or 3 inches. So now… I’m going to machine it. So, we’re just finishing off the heading… and this is the fun bit where you get to gather it… and see how beautiful it’s turned out. And here’s the finished curtain! A: Ooh, let’s have a look! Beautiful. Thank you so much! It’s the perfect design for this really lovely country fabric.

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