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Cold Snap: Making Sure You’re Warm


As the weather starts to turn it’s best to start to prepare now for those colder days. My husband and I dream of a stone house in the country in France and one of the biggest considerations we have is whether we will be able to heat it without breaking the bank! I made this door curtain for our small hallway and it’s something I want to recycle in France as well as make some more. In case you’re looking to keep the heating bills down this winter I thought I’d put a how to here.

Step 1

Measure the length and breadth of the door or window area and make sure you have enough material. Luckily the door I was fitting wasn’t wider than the material I wanted to sue and I didn’t want a ‘full’ curtain style as it was a door. If I had wanted to doubled my width to make gathered curtains at the top I would have included the lengths to do so by, for example, doubling or trebling the width, as well as the appropriate amount of repeat in the pattern. Also include the amount of material for hems at this time – I had a 10cm hem on each end, so 20cm in total.

Step 2

Cut the lengths of material required, including the hems.

Step 3

Then fold the hem of what will be the bottom of the curtain, giving it a five centimetre hem, and pin in place with the pins pointing towards the end of the curtain so that when you sew your needle will just pass straight over. Once the pinning is finished sew into place using the guidelines on the plate to help you se in a straight line. Once this is finished fold again and pin, double checking that you still only have a five centimetre fold, prior to sewing once more. Do the same on the ‘top’ of the curtain.

Step 4

Take the thermal lining – I just ordered mine from ebay – and cut ten centimetres shorter than the length of the curtain. Hem the lining in the same way as before, but only fold once.

Step 5

Place the inside of the curtain and the lining’s hems together and then pin in place at both the top and the bottom. Sew together.

Step 6

Then fold the edges of the curtain over, with another five centimetre hem, pinning as you go. Mitre the corners and pin there also, sew in place. Due to the edging of the material I didn’t hem a second time as it would be a waste.


Step 7

Leaving a 1/2 centimetre gap between the tape’s edge and the top of the curtain pin the curtain tape along what will be the top of the curtain (making sure you have the pattern facing the right way) and then sew in place.


Step 8

To give the curtain an extra touch I decided to add a pelmet. I cut a 40 centimetre depth of material and hemmed it at both ends with a 5cm hem, pinning and sewing in place. I then folded over what would be the bottom hem, again checking pattern direction, with a 5 cm hem and – adding a Pom Pom trimming – pinned it and the hem in place. I took extra care at the ends of the width of material to fold the Pom Pom trim between the folds of hem prior to pinning. Make sure the Pom Pom edging is on the right side prior to commencing this, then sew in place.

Step 9

To add an extra touch you can sew a length of ribbon, I chose blue to match the Toile de Jouy, and sew this over the trimming.

Step 10

To make a simple tie back fold a length of material in half horizontally and then vertically. Then cut the material curving towards the end; start by cutting away from the horizontal fold at the bottom of the vertical fold.


Step 11

Then turn the material out the right way and pin the edges of the material in to face each other and form a hem. Then pin the Pom Pom edging between these hems, re pinning as you go and folding the ends of the material inwards. Sew in place, but leave the ends free.


Step 12

To finish make sure the twin back is the right way up and then trim the edge of the Pom Pom in the same manner as before, pinning the ribbon in place. Make two loops of ribbon and inset these into the ends, pinning in place prior to sewing along the entire edge, including fixing the loops in place.

Il fait frois, mais Je suis chaude!

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