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Making up a Curtain from Strips of Fabric

Making up a Curtain from Strips of Fabric

These patchwork drapes are made from a set of painted and washed natural linen table runners – but you could use any fabric you like torn into wide strips (approx 40cm wide and varying in length). The fabric is sewn together with the raw edges of the linen showing. We left our drapes unlined, but you could line it.

  1. Lay out your fabric strips, overlapping them with the raw edges showing. We did mainly vertical strips with a few horizontals.

  2. Pin and sew your strips together using a straight stitch in a neutral colour.

  3. Fold over the top of the fabric, called the header, by 10cm. Pin this into position. 

  4. With the fold facing away from you, pin and then sew one inch header tape across top of the back of the curtain.

  5. Turn up the hem twice with a double fold – 10cm and then another 10cm. 

  6. Press into place with an iron and hand sew with a slipstitch.

    Our drapes were made in natural linen painted in Chalk Paint®. To find out how to paint yours the same way, see Annie Sloan Paints Everything published by CICO Books. Photography by Christopher Drake © CICO Books.

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