I buy home decor fabric discounted twice a year at these yard sales in my area. It’s fabulous and I’ve
had this great blue fabric and great burlap fabric just dying to be made into something amazing. We recently ordered new curtain rods and couldn’t find an affordable cafe rod for my dining rod like the ones we have… not ones that wouldn’t bow like the current one does anyways. The only curtains I had weren’t long enough to be used without the cafe rod curtains too so I decided to finally use this fabric to make something pretty.
My serger made a huge difference in how professional looking these ended up looking. I got a Brother 1034D Serger for Christmas and it’s awesome, quick, and easier to use that I’d expected. I’m super super pleased.
My biggest concern was getting my fabric measured out well for these so they wouldn’t look all weird and crooked. I found this tutorial on how to cut the fabric using masking tape on the floor which looked really helpful, until I realized I didn’t have masking tape. I ended up trying the whole “pull the thread” where you want to cut method.
I did this with the burlap. My burlap strip of fabric was 20.5″ H. Here I am grabbing the thread and I just pulled it through as much as I could (of course these break easily). As you pull them, you’ll see a line in the material where the thread goes (below left). Super cool! I just used my rotary cutter to cut along the line.
Here’s the fabric cut (did two cuts) on the left, and the remainder of the fabric on the right. I’m debating what to make with it.
To cut the curtain panels, I folded my fabric in half so they were half as long as the length of fabric I had was before. I pinned them together, cut where the fold was so I’d have two separate panels, then I went around and cut off the selvedge and trimmed the short ends.
Once that was done, I cut off 13″ from the top of each to use above the burlap strip.
I laid my burlap and top piece right sides together, then did the same with the larger piece of the panel. This connected all three pieces as one big panel. Afterwards I used my serger to serge those edges so they won’t fray.
I went ahead and also serged the very top of the curtain panel so it won’t fray. I’m going to turn this over and stitch closed for the curtain rod pocket. I did this before serging the sides of the curtain with the rolled hem… you should actually serge the sides prior or else you have to seam rip a bit to serge the pocket section so it won’t fray. Not a big big deal, but it’s easier to do it that was. After I top stitched where the blue fabric connects to the burlap piece.
Rolled Hem Settings
These are the settings I used on my Brother 1034D. I noticed that the rolled hem was neater looking on the blue fabric with these settings than it was on the burlap, but I was okay with a rougher look on the burlap because, well… it’s burlap. It added character. Or maybe I was just lazy.