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Finishing of Drapery Panel

Good afternoon.  Hope you all had a great 4th of July.  It's time to finish up on that drapery panel.  Before doing your hem, you will need to decide where you want your panel to end up after it is hung.  Some choose to go right above the sill, others partway down and even others go below.  This will be what your preference is.  I chose to go below as I wanted my panel to be a little longer. 


You will need to measure how long and then add approximately 2 to 3 inches for the hem.  Remember to turn over 1/4" so that you hem has a nice finish.



After you decide and have your measuring finished.  Then it is time to sew.  (Sorry, I am experiencing issues with my picture.)



I now have my panel finished and can do the next one.

Here is my completed project.  As you can see, this was pattern that I had to match up.  This can make it a little more challenging but not impossible.  Take your time and you will be pleased with your finished draperies.



Drapery Panels

Good afternoon.  Now that you have pinned both sides approximately 1/4".  It is time to sew them.



After you do both sides, now you are going to turn over approximately 1/2" and sew again.


After you have done both sides, you will then proceed to the top of the drapery panel.  Again you will fold it over 1/4" and sew.



Next you will turn it over again.  Because I am using the clips, I wanted it just a little wider at the top so I turned it over approximately 3/4".  Then you will sew that again.




Now you will have three sides completed.  Tomorrow we are going to finish up with the hem and then you will have completed one drapery panel.


Drapery Panels

Good afternoon to all.  We are going to get started on those drapery panels.  I chose to use clips for my panels.  This makes for an easy sew and still makes a very nice curtain.  These clips you can find at different stores.   These particular ones came 7 to a package. 



To start your project you need, of course, your fabric and thread.





After I measured my window, I found out that the width of this particular fabric was enough to give me a nice panel as I did not want too much gather. 


To being you are going to turn over 1/4" on each side and sew.



Do this on both sides and we will continue again to the next step.



Time to Sew

We are just about ready to start making some new draperies.  The first thing to determine is if you want full length or just a valence.  You will also need to decide how much gather you want.  Some go 2 1/2 times the width of the window and some do 1 1/2 times.  It is up to your discretion as to how much gather you desire.  Next you will need to determine the type of curtain rod you are going to use.  Next, when picking out your fabric, be sure to look at whether it has a specific repeat in the pattern.  If it does, you will need to allow for extra fabric to match.  Come Monday, we are going to start sewing.  Be ready to give your room a new look!


Well it's that time of year to start thinking about house cleaning and getting our rooms refreshed.  It may vary for each of us but one item that is a possibility would be drapery.  Window treatments can be a big project but not if you start with something simple.  For our next project, we are going to be doing curtains that are very simple and will look just great.  We will be posting that next week so be ready to follow along. 


Welcome to all.  Sorry we haven't posted many new projects lately.  Not sure about you all but we here at In-Weave are excited for what this new year can bring.  We are going to try and cover different projects that involve sewing and some upholstery.  Remember fabric can be used for many craft items as well.  The possibilities are endless.  Have a great day.

Happy Thanksgiving

We would like to wish you all a safe and Happy Thanksgiving. 

Burp Cloth

Today is the day we are going to post a project.  In sewing this burp cloth we chose to do it in flannel.  We picked a fun pattern but you can do a plain as well or do one side in a print and one side in a plain.  This project is for anyone but a great one for a beginner sewer. 



For this project, we used the following:


1/3 yard of flannel

1/3 yard of batting  (We used a cotton batting.)




To begin, we cut our pieces to a 12" x 20" piece.  We did the flannel on the fold.



You will align each piece up together, flannel will be right side to right side and place the batting on the top.







Now sew your 5/8" seam.  We sewed along the longer edges and around each corner leaving a small opening.  Be sure to trim the corners so they are not too thick and trim your seam allowance.



Invert your piece so right sides are now out.


Next you will slip stitch the opening shut.




To give it a little different finish, we stitched approximately a 1/4" around all of it as this will help to keep the batting from slipping when being washed.


You now have a burp cloth ready to give as a gift. 



These make great baby gifts and are always welcomed by the new mother.  You can certainly make any changes that you wish.  You do not have to use a batting in the middle.  You would just sew the two pieces of flannel and leave it at that.  It's whatever you would like to do.  Have fun making these. 

Burp Cloth

We are still on the burp cloths.  We will be posting a little different style of burp cloth in a few days.  Remember that you can also sew a simple receiving blanket to go along with the burp cloth.  This makes a wonderful gift for a new mother and her baby.  Your receiving blanket will be just like the burp cloth except a little larger.  Usually a receiving blanket is approximately 45" x 45".  You don't need to add the batting just two pieces of flannel.  Sew and invert, slip stitch and you are finished.

Burp Cloth

Hope you have had a chance to check out the latest project.  Remember that you can alter our project to fit your personality.  This project is great for a beginner as there is not any fancy stitching.  It's a basic straight stitch making it easy for those you have not done much sewing or are just learning.  Omitting the batting will make it even easier as you are just sewing two pieces of fabric together and turning it inside out.  These make wonderful baby gifts for family, friends or even charities.  Once you get started, you won't want to stop.

Sewing Project Next

Get those sewing machines ready as we will be putting our first project on the next post.  This project is a simple project and makes a great gift.  We will be using flannel which is really nice this time of the year.  Flannel is easy to work with so if you are a beginner this is a great project to start with. 

If you haven't checked out the classes that we are offering, please do so.  They are wonderful gift ideas that you can make for the upcoming holiday.  They are posted on our "retail store" button or our "blog" button.  You can give us a call or email us to sign up.

Have a great weekend.

Get Ready to Sew

Good afternoon.  The first project we will be posting this week will be a simple one for anyone to start, even a beginner.  If you have not done much sewing, do not be discouraged.  There are many simple projects that you can start with and as you get to know your machine and you have the love for sewing, you will be able to progress on to more advanced sewing projects.  It does not matter how fast you sew as long as you finish it.  This is not a timed project.  Just enjoy and have fun making something.  As you continue to sew, you will find that it becomes easier and easier.