Making your own sleeve curtain that fit your sleeve curtain rod is a cost-effective way to dress your home’s windows. They can make your room look better and keep light out or let just the right amount of light in.
You can choose from a wide range of types and weights of fabrics that come in an almost infinite number of colours and patterns. sleeve curtains can also be made on the cheap with flat bed sheets.
Step 1: Choose the Material
When choosing fabric, it’s important to think about its weight, colour, and pattern. First, decide on the weight of the fabric.
Choose a heavy fabric to block light and keep the room warm. Choose a lighter fabric to let light into the room. If you choose to use flat bed sheets, you should know that they are made of a light material.
Next, pick a color and a pattern. Choose colors that go with the room or add a pop of color, or pick a fabric pattern that goes with the furniture or other prints in the room.
Step 2: Measure the width of the sleeve curtain rod
You need to measure the width of the sleeve curtains rod so that the sleeve curtain rod sleeve fits perfectly. Take note of this length.
Step 3: Measure the fabric and cut it
To figure out how wide your sleeve curtain panels should be, measure the width of your window from left to right and add two inches. You will need to make more than one panel per window if you want your sleeve curtains to look fuller. Instead of two panes, a double window would have four.
Next, you will decide how long your sleeve curtains should be. To get your measurements, make sure to measure from the sleeve curtain rod to the window sill and to the floor. To account for the hem, add 5 inches to your measurement. On most standard windows, 63 inches plus 5 inches would be needed to reach the sill from the sleeve curtain rod. Usually, floor-length is 84 inches plus 5 inches.
If your window is 45 inches wide and 84 inches long, for example, each panel of fabric will be 47 inches wide and 89 inches long.
Step 4: Putting the sleeve curtains Together
Add a half inch to the width of the sleeve curtain rod to get the size. At this length, pin the fabric and sew across the top.
Straight stitch a 1/2-inch seam along the long sides of the fabric, leaving the top pocket open on both sides. This will make the sleeve for your sleeve curtain rod.
To find the length of the bottom seam, measure the length of the fabric that has been sewn together. For your hem, pin the fabric at this length and sew across the bottom.
Step 5: Press the Panel of the sleeve curtain
For a clean and professional look, iron the sleeve curtain panel to get rid of any wrinkles from handling the fabric and along all of the edges.