How to Make a Curtain From Floral Quilt Fabric?

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There’s nothing quite like quilting and crafting. Arts and crafts are all about unleashing your creativity, and what better way to harness it than with a bit of DIY?

So, let’s say you’ve gotten the crafting bug again and have decided to use that passion and some old quilting material you have lying around to make a set of curtains. What’s more, let’s say you’re looking to show off some flower power with a floral pattern.

How can you make this work?

Finding the Right Materials

First thing’s first – you’ll need to know what kind of material you’ll be making these curtains from. There are three basic types of curtain-worthy material – lightweight, medium-weight, and heavyweight.

Quilting materials typically fall under the lightweight category, with some of the most popular fabric types here being:

  • silk
  • linen
  • cotton
  • polyester
  • muslin

Initial Considerations

You’ll want to think about the space in which you’ll be hanging your curtains, as well as how much light you plan on allowing into the area. A living room is bound to feature more natural light than a bathroom.

What’s more, you’ll want to spare a thought as to the thickness of your quilted curtains. While curtains that are slightly see-through can make for some lovely colorful draperies for your living room or bathroom, chances are you’ll want something a bit thicker and more privacy-protecting for your bedroom.

Curtain thickness can also be pertinent if you live in a cooler climate and want curtains that can help insulate your room.

Whether you are keen on insulating your curtains or not, you’ll want to sew linings to help increase the longevity of your curtains. These can help prevent your curtains from fading too quickly. Unbleached and white cotton are among the most common choices for quilt curtain linings.

Evaluating Different Floral Quilt Patterns

Whether you’re rummaging through your old leftover quilt-ready fabric or buying from a specialty store such as the well-known hancock’s of paducah, you want to get hold of the right floral patterns for your curtain project.

From romantic roses to summer sunflowers, to lilting lilies and violets, any flower patterns you include should engage the eye, set off the rest of the quilted fabric, and complement the décor scheme of whatever room in which you happen to hang it.

Some other tips to keep in mind when evaluating curtain-ready quilt fabric include:

  • For as valuable as floral patterns can be to your decorative ideas, you don’t want to rely too much on any one fabric. Be sure to mix things up and add a bit of variety, both in terms of the colors as well as the types of quilted fabric patches you use.
  • On that note, you’ll want to make sure you include floral patterns of every color value.
  • You’ll also want to give consideration to the warmth or coolness of different colors.
  • Don’t forget texture. Do you want sunlight to bounce off a smooth, sleek fabric surface to give your curtains a modern chic look? Or, do you prefer a more texturized and intricately woven pattern that sticks up a bit and gives each quilted square more individual character?
  • If you’re brave enough to depart from simple quilted squares, you may consider different shapes as well. This can work especially well with floral patterns as it gives you the chance to add another layer of complexity to the interlocking flowers and colors with complementary quilted shapes.

Gather the Materials You Need

To transform your quilted fabric into a curtain, you’ll also want to look into purchasing:

  • Tailor’s chalk or something similar with which to mark the areas on which you’ll be working.
  • The best sewing machine or sewing needle you can get.
  • Lots of thread in colors that suit your curtain’s design scheme.
  • Measuring implements and tape.
  • Something on which to hang your curtain (ie, rods, hooks, and so on).

Making Your Floral Quilt Curtain

Now that you have gathered your fabrics and materials, it’s finally time to start making your floral quilted curtain.

To begin with, you’ll want to take your measuring implements and tape and measure off the area on which you’ll be working. If you are going to hang your curtains near a window, for example, you should have the window sill as well as your fabric clearly marked, so you can measure one against the other and make sure it is the proper size.

Tailor’s chalk can also be helpful in this process. Be sure to draw on the back (and never the front) of the curtain, and that you do not press so hard as to permanently stain the fabric.

Start marking the areas where you wish to attach any quilted floral squares. Once you have completed this, you’ll be ready to start sewing them on.

Once this has been done (or if your floral pattern is all one piece and not individual quilted squares) it’s time to start sewing everything else together. Make sure that you sew both sides of the curtains as well as the lining as you would any curtain. Remember to leave a loop for a rod or space for holes at the top.

Now you should be ready to start thinking about how you want to hang your new curtains up. If you have left space for a rod, slip it through the hole, making sure that it fits snugly without risking it tearing the fabric. If you have chosen to hang things up via hooks, now’s the time to start poking holes at the top through which the hooked hoops can be inserted.

Your measurements for this process will vary depending on the size of your quilted fabric. Nevertheless, you should make sure that the holes are evenly spaced a few inches apart, with five to six inches being a good choice.

Creating quilted curtains with floral patterns can be extremely rewarding. They can brighten up any room and can add a lovely sense of floral elegance and a crafty DIY spirit to any room. With these steps, you’ll be able to inject new life into your home décor with a fantastic homemade floral quilted curtain.