The decor of window openings today has become an integral part of the overall interior design: with the help of curtains, tulle, curtains, decorators can solve not only the problem of color accents, but also visually expand or narrow the space of a room, highlight its purpose or make the decoration as functional as possible. And in recent years, such a type of window textile as hinged curtains has become especially popular (photo and master class at the end of the article).
They will wonderfully decorate any room – from the kitchen to the nursery, from the office space to a cozy bedroom or balcony. The convenience of such curtains also lies in the fact that almost all types of cornices and rods are suitable for their fastening. It is very easy to remove and hang them, because strong loops are easy to put on the bar. In addition, the loops themselves can become a design accent, highlighting the originality of the decor.
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Types of hinged curtains
It turns out that there are several types of curtains that are equipped with loops (they are also called stalemates):
- Curtains with false loops – a classic option, in which wide patches of fabric of the same or contrasting color are sewn to the panel.
- Curtains with tie loops – they have their own “zest”, because for fixing on the eaves, not sewn stalemates are used, but cords, ribbons or strips of textiles that can be effectively tied with a knot, a bow.
- Velcro hinged curtains are a stylish and comfortable look that is easy to implement on your own.
- Tulle with buttonholes is also a simple and beautiful option for window decor.
Each of these variations can be easily sewn by hand on your own, embodying your ideas for window design.
The choice of material and type of curtains
Depending on what type of curtain you want to get, it’s worth considering your fabric choices. The hinged fastening looks good on classic long and dense models, on modern French or English curtains, on shortened Roman curtains.
For light and scalloped English and French, light fabrics are suitable – silk, chiffon, veil-chiffon, muslin. Roman ones can also be cut from denser types – linen or cotton, heavy silk. And to create a basic classic curtain, you will need well-draped, but at the same time dense materials, such as tapestry, upholstery furniture fabric, velvet or velor. By the way, to provide additional density, you can use a lining when designing curtains – such a product will protect the room from street light as much as possible.
Another factor in choosing textiles is the width and size of the loops: if you want to make a window blind with wide large loops, you should give preference to stiffer fabrics, but attaching to tapes or weightless thread loops is suitable for the lightest tulle made of transparent materials.
Preparing elements for sewing
Before you start cutting and sewing, you need to prepare everything you need to create hinged curtains. It:
- Fabric for the product itself and for stalemates;
- Tailor’s meter or tape;
- Adhesive backing tape;
Previously, it is also worth placing a cornice above the window. Remember that it should be located no lower than 10 centimeters from the upper border of the window opening in order to avoid a streak of light between the curtain and the cornice. It is also necessary to take measurements of the width of the curtain or curtains, to determine whether the curtain will be pleated or smooth.
Canvas Size Calculation
Depending on how the curtain will be located on the cornice – hang in the center or symmetrically on the sides, cover the entire wall or part of it – we calculate the size of the canvas. For smooth curtains, it is enough to measure the intended width and add 1.5 cm seam allowances on each side.
For pleated curtains, in order to make the flounces spectacular, experienced craftsmen suggest calculating the width twice as much as it would be needed for a smooth curtain. For folded curtains, the loops are not attached directly to the material, but to a special edging, which is sewn or glued from the wrong side.
Similarly, we calculate the height of the curtains based on the height of the eaves. If you are going to sew a roman curtain, don’t forget to add fabric to the horizontal pleats.
Determining the size and number of loops
The next step is marking the loops. Decide on the quantity, try not to place them far apart to avoid sagging. For thick curtains, the loop width of about 6-8 centimeters will be optimal, and for thin tulle, which weigh much less, narrower stalemates are also suitable.
Example: for a single curtain that will hang directly above the window, in an opening of a standard size of 140 centimeters, 6 loops 6 centimeters wide each will be enough, which will be located at a distance of about 20 centimeters from each other. But you can make the number of loops even more, focus on them as an interesting decorative element.
Cut out the details of the curtains
After the final preparation and taking measurements of the future curtains, you can proceed directly to cutting. It is recommended to make a pattern-template of the main fabric and a standard loop, especially if you are doing this kind of work for the first time or plan to sew several curtains at once.
Place the pattern on the fabric, measure the allowances on each side, mark them. Cut out the fabric, making sure that the warp threads run parallel and perpendicular to the edges.
To cut the buttonholes, measure exactly twice the width of the fabric (each buttonhole will be double-sided). Embed the strips, taking into account the allowances.
Separately, it is necessary to cut off a strip of fabric for facing – it will be about 10 centimeters wide and the same length as the width of your future curtain. To the facing strip, cut out a strip 8 centimeters wide and the same length as the facing from the adhesive lining.
How to sew hinged curtains
We proceed to the process of assembling the details of the curtain with our own hands. Bend each strip for loops in half vertically facing inward and sew, stepping back about 1 centimeter from the edge. Turn each piece inside out and iron.
Bend the main fabric from the bottom by 1 centimeter and sew. From the sides, make a hem by 1 centimeter, walk with an iron, and then fold it to the wrong side 2 centimeters on each side.
On the upper part of the curtain with pins, fasten the loops bent in half from the inside. Put a strip of lining on top of them, bend the top edge of the fabric by 2 centimeters, put a strip of facing on top of it, then sew it all together. Carefully fold over the raw edges and sew.
How to make loops
In addition to the method already described, how to make wide textile loops, you can experiment with stalemates. A couple of tips will help you create aesthetic and reliable hinges for any type of curtain.
- Try to make them not deaf, but fastened with buttons or large buttons – this method is perfect for the kitchen and nursery, where you need to wash the curtains often, because removing them from the rod is easy!
- Another secret – do not attach the loops tightly, but equip them with Velcro.
- Use non-standard materials for loops: satin ribbons, twisted cords, old ties, chains or lace ribbons – anything can be used. And complete them with accessories! Beads or decorative buckles on them will be quite appropriate.
- For the lightest tulles, large loops will not work. But loops made of thin, but strong threads of the “iris” type are quite useful. You can crochet such pats, forming a column of air loops twice as long as the intended loop.
- Another option for tulle stalemates can be made into a regular game. Take a longer thread, thread it through the needle and secure the edges with a knot – we need a double thread. Fasten the thread to the canvas, then form a small loop and pull the thread through it. Repeat until you have enough knots to attach to the cornice. After that, fold the loop in half and fasten it to the fabric.
How to sew loops on piping
Kant will allow you to fasten the loops on the folds of the curtains. This may be a strip of the same material as the base, or a contrasting color and texture. There is only one difference from the usual sewing method in the case of edging: the edging is attached from the front side. In the same way, place the loops on the canvas, cover with a strip of piping with pre-finished edges on top, stitch on all sides.
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Building and sewing hinged curtains is a fairly simple process that can be easily mastered even by novice seamstresses. Choose the right fabric and type of curtains that will be appropriate in a particular room, accurately perform calculations and do not forget about the little tricks described in this article.