Since all the business is over, I had to get back to work here!! I really needed a good set of curtains for the guest bathroom.  I had some very plain covering just to give privacy, but I couldn’t find what I wanted.  I was shopping in Wal-Mart and in their clearance area, I found the fabric!  It looks sorta Colonial to me.  The style where colonist actually block printed their fabric, so for $7.50 and three yards, I was able to make some purdy curtains.

I iron the fabric – all of it.  It’s the one thing that I have learned that can make or break a sewing project.  With the fabric all flat and stretched, you can see and know that when you mate two fabrics together they will match.

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I’m not a great seamstress, even though I have an ancestry of professional seamstresses in my family.  Just one of those skill that fade away unless the older generation take the time to teach the younger.  It’s a worthy skill to know!!

Next, I take my lining fabric (muslin) and overlap it and cut it slightly larger than my printed fabric.
Muslin now all cut and getting a good ironing.
At this stage I’m not too picky about getting the fabric completely free of wrinkles.  As I handle it, it will become more wrinkled.  I will do a final pressing that gets everything nice and crisp.

Sewing the two pieces together
Like I said, I’m not a good seamstress as shown by this picture.  I tried to keep the stitch as straight as possible, but I’m sure I wobbled a bit.

 

 

I cut the muslin backing too large at the top, but that’s OK, I’ll just cut it off
About this time is when I realized that this fabric that I bought was used.  Pretty funny actually.  You can see the previous stitch holes in the fabric and that it was washed.  The fraying is from the washing that I didn’t do!

 

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Cutting off the excess fabric.  This helps the fabric lie flatter.
All stitched together, turned right side out, and now for the final pressing.  This makes both pieces of fabric nice and flat against each other.  In the foreground the fabric appears puffy, and the background is flatter.  Flatter is what you want!

I did a two inch header and a two inch rod pocket for a total of four inches of fold over.  I plan on using cafe clips, but I wanted to have the option to use a rod pocket if the mood struck me.

Here it is! 


It’s not a great sewing job, but I think I see an improvement from the Holly Hobby curtains I sewed a few months ago.  Who knows? Maybe I’ll get into quilting!