Design Your Own Double Sided Curtains

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By Jessica Ackerman

Double sided curtains can add a beautiful touch of decorating flair to any room in your home. By designing curtains to be double sided, you’ll be able to play with many different color and pattern combination’s. This style of curtains is a great solution if you want to create design interest by using two contrasting colors or patterns. However, you might also want to use this style so that you can enjoy colored curtains indoors while displaying plain white from the outside.

Measuring the Windows

You’ll need to carefully measure the windows before you can make a pair of double sided curtains. If you already have your curtain rod installed, you can measure vertically from the top of the rod to the point where you want the curtain hem to fall. Then, add two additional inches to this measurement for the bottom hem and two inches for the top header. If you desire a deeper hem or a fuller header, adjust your measurements accordingly. When measuring the width, you’ll need to consider the desired fullness of your curtains. If you measure the overall width of the window, using this width for each of the two panels will create a nice amount of fullness. However, you can adjust this measurement to create the desired effect. Add two inches to each curtain panel measurement to allow for the side hems. Once you have these measurements, you can use them to purchase the correct amount of fabric. Because the curtains will be double sided, you’ll need to purchase the same amount of fabric in two different colors or patterns.


Necessary Materials

In addition to your two different colors of fabric, you’ll also need straight pins, a measuring tape, a sharp pair or scissors, and a sewing machine. If you prefer, you could use a rotary cutter and a mat to cut your fabric. Before cutting your fabric, you should wash and dry it first so that it is pre-shrunk. Then, iron it so that it is wrinkle-free and easy to work with. Cut the fabric into the properly sized curtain panels so that you have two panels from each fabric selection.

Sewing the Curtains

To sew the first curtain panel, position the two different fabric pieces with their right sides facing each other and pin together. Sew the top edges together using a half-inch seam allowance. You can then sew down two inches along one side. Measure down an additional one and a half inches, leaving that area unstitched to allow for the curtain rod. Then, continue to sew down the edge until you reach the bottom. Sew the other side of the curtain panel in the same fashion.

Sew the bottom edge, again using a half-inch seam allowance, making sure to leave three inches unstitched. Clip all corners then turn the curtain so that the right sides of the fabric are facing out, utilizing the three inch unstitched opening. Make sure the corners are pushed out so that they look crisp then close the bottom opening by using a slip-stitch. Sew straight across the top of the panel, one half inch from the top. Measure down an additional two inches, and again sew straight. Then, measure down another one and a half inches and sew straight across again, forming the rod pocket. Repeat the process to sew the other curtain panel. Iron the curtains, hang them on the rod, and enjoy.

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