One of the problems that some homeowners face is finding window treatments for the large windows that they have in their home. There are plenty of different window treatments that homeowners can choose from, but they are usually high priced, or not the exact type they are looking for. One of the solutions to covering a large window is to make your own window treatments. With some fabric, a sewing machine, and a lot of patience, anyone can make window treatments for large windows.
Step 1: Choose a Style
For placing window treatments onto large windows you have a few options. You can have one long drape that is in two parts. This is a good option, but may be quite heavy to operate for opening and closing. Another great option is to make two panels for each side of the curtain rod. This will make four in total, but much easier to use. Once you know what you are going to do, choose the fabric you will use. Heavy drapes give a regal, but dark look to a room. Sheer drapes let in a lot of light, but not a lot of privacy. Choose which you would like to use.
Step 2: Measure Window
Use a tape measure and measure the size of the window. For the height measure from the top of the window casing to about 6 inches from the floor. Add another 8 inches to the total. Measure the width of the window and add another 12 inches to the width.
Step 3: Cut Fabric to Size
Once you have all of the measurements then you will be able to cut the fabric to size. Take the fabric and divide the total width by 4. This will give you the width for each of the panels. Lay the fabric on a flat surface and mark the top and bottom. Lay a flat board and cut the fabric. Use a smooth cut so that you will not have a lot or problem with the seams.
Step 4: Hem Bottoms 1 Inch
For each of the different panels fold up the bottom edge 1 inch. Place pins along the length to hold the hem in place. Set them on your sewing machine and sew the hem.
Step 5: Hem Edges 1 Inch
With each of the sides of the four panels, do the same hemming procedure. Fold in the fabric one inch and pin it in place. Sew the hem, from top to bottom, with a sewing machine.
Step 6: Hem Top Edge 4 Inches
Your new window treatment is going to need to have a hem that will allow for the curtain rod. Since this is for a large window opening you will want to use a heavy duty curtain rod to support the weight of the drapes. Fold down the top edge of each of the panels 4 inches. Use pins to secure it in place and sew with the sewing machine. Use a double stitch for strength.
Step 7: Hang Window Treatments
Once the new curtains are completed, install them onto the curtain rod and hang.