Sunday, November 9, 2014

THE Cabinet Curtain Tutorial

Good Sunday Morning friends and relations!!  I had an email asking about THE cabinet that almost made me cry.  You can click it if you missed it.  Anyway, I made a curtain to go on the inside of the cabinet doors.  I previously replaced the glass in another dinette hutch with chicken wire and thought it would look great in the cabinet too. I originally planned on adding chicken wire, but left it out as a time issue.  
 For now, I'm just going to show you the curtain though... Chicken wire can come later.  -Truth be told, it's cold and early and I don't want to go dig all the supplies out of the basement before sufficient coffee.  But I will shortly, because y'all are worth it :)

NOW, listen closely.  This is not difficult!  You can do this... I'm talking to you BFT :)
If you don't own a sewing machine, you probably know someone who does.  Borrow it, try it, don't be afraid of it.  You got this.

Here's a reminder of the original cabinet.  It was one of the hardest pieces to let go of.
The curtain on the inside are attached at the top and bottom.

You could use this for any kind of cabinet of door.  It would be great on french doors if you don't want your curtains swinging around every time you open the door.

I have a really neat ironing board cover that I believe is used by quilters.  I have it because it came in a box of old linens that I bought at an auction.  It's handy, but totally not necessary.  
I pulled out a piece of scrap fabric just to use as a demonstration.

I'll show you 2 different ways you can do this.
If you didn't need to cut the sides of your fabric, then you probably still have the manufacturers edge on it.  Since this curtain is going on the inside of the cabinet you can leave this edge and save yourself the time of hemming it.

Let's do it that way first...

You are looking at the end where you want your curtain rod to be (Rod Pocket).  Make a fold about 2 inches down and iron.  Fold it down again and iron again.

Just sew down both sides and you have a perfect pocket for the curtain rod.  
Repeat the same thing on the other end.

Here are the curtain rods I used.  They come in a pair and cost about $3 a set.  So for double doors you would need 2 sets.

NOW, if you need to hem the edge of your fabric because it's been cut or doesn't have the manufacturing edge on it..  

If you do not do this first, you will have a much harder time sewing the rod pocket.
It's not necessary to iron for this step, but you can if you like.  
This is best described as a "roll".  You will sew slowly and roll the edge over as you go.
Stop and any point and reposition as needed.  Make a fold or roll about a half inch and then fold again.  Work your way all the way down the side of the fabric.

After you've hemmed all the way down, you'll fold for the pocket.


Sew both sides of the pocket.

Above is a picture of the hemmed edge and pocket, finished.

And here is a picture of what it would look like without that hem.  I didn't have a piece with the manufactured edge to show you so you'll just have to pretend.

Hope this helps! 
Have a great Sunday.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Aaaah ha so thats how its done. BFT stands for Best Friend Tiffany? Lol