Begin with the right sides together and sew across the top and bottom. Yes you will have those 2 inches of excess pattern material but we will be ironing that in just a second. Use a 1/4 inch seam allowance when sewing. What does that mean? Run your material along the edge of your foot and your needle in the center of the foot.
The ironing is a very important step in any sewing tutorial and especially this one. You will need to press your bottom seam flat and then pull up into that top seam to get your excess to fold over the top. I have given you a brief ironing demo in the video below. Why have the excess? I have made curtains before and not cut my fabric exactly right or sewn completely straight. Then you are left with a portion of the liner peeking out on the front of your curtain. This method is fool proof. No matter if you make a minor mistake on sewing — this curtain will look great from the front….trust me!
Now that you have ironed along with my demo above you have this excess folded over to the back and a nice crisp folded pressed edge…right?
Note how my pins are placed. This is a fancy trick to make removing your pins easier when you sew so remember to place them horizontally. Second tip place one pin about 1 inch down from the top and another pin about 2 1/4 inches down from the top. I will show you what those are for in just a second. Remember the top is where you folded over all of that excess material when ironing.
After you have finished sewing both sides, go back to that unfinished pocket and open it up. Sew both sides a bit just to keep it from turning out when you put the finished product on the curtain rod.
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