Home decor feeling a bit drab lately? Need an afternoon quick-sew? We’ve got just the thing!
Forget about buying those boring curtains from the store that don’t even fit your windows. Make your own! In a short afternoon you can have designer curtains hung and ready to enjoy. Grab your favorite Jacquard Damask print and soft flowy voile for the perfect pairing to make these grommet curtains with sheer voile valance!
Measure your window.
You’ll want to measure from curtain rod to floor, or desired length. I’ll be making full length curtains to cover a double window for dramatic effect. Personally, I think grommet curtains are much better suited as full length. My curtains will be 98” long. Add 8” to this number for the top (3”) and bottom (5”) hems.
Next measure width of your curtains. Multiply this number between 1.5 to 3.5 times, depending how full you want your curtains.
TIP: Remember you won’t have the curtains pulled back all the time, and you will want fullness when they are loose.
Cut two panels of main fabric, 2-4 panels of voile. I cut 4 panels of voile for a little more coverage in the middle, but you can easily reduce to 2!
Concerned your top hem isn’t perfectly level after cutting? Fold and press top hem 3” from top of fabric.
Open fabric back up, then measure 3 inches from your PRESSED LINE to the top. Fold and press that portion of the fabric only (about ½” to 1” of fabric). Be careful not to press out your original line, you will need that! Using the technique, you’ll eliminate any ebb and flow from cutting or fraying.
TIP: To add detail, I like to stitch 1” below my last stitch line for a ‘topstitched’ look.
Your number of grommets must be even so it flows on the rod best. You are subtracting the 5” so there is a 2.5” starting point on each side. I started my grommets a little bit too far into the curtain, and as a result, some of the curtain juts out in a way I didn’t necessarily want, but worked.
As much as I *love* the damask, I love a sheer voile just a little bit more. This voile has a soft, dreamy, and romantic drape. You will essentially be creating these curtains the same as your main panels, with minor differences
Cut a piece of muslin, or use grommet tape, 4” wide by the length of the curtain width.
The last wow piece of these curtains is our valance. This step only requires draping a rectangle of fabric.
Voila! You have new designer-worthy grommet curtains and valance! You can change up this look easily by switching your main fabric out, or turn the curtains around! You’ve finished everything off nicely, why not take advantage of the other side of your damask?