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Trimmings and Their Applications on Curtains

Trimmings

Adding trimmings is a quick, easy and effective way of decorating window dressings. An extraordinary variety of trimmings, such as fringing, tassels, cord, and binding, is available ready-made: alternatively, you can make your own curtain trimmings.

Finding a trimming of a certain weight, size, pattern, and colour to suit your particular curtain fabric should not be difficult because of the wide range of trimmings that exists.

The same trimmings can be applied not only to curtains but also to the furnishings that accompany them, such as tie-backs, pelmets, and valances.

Picot Edging on a Sheer Curtain

Because sheer curtains are usually used to give privacy or to obscure an unattractive view, they are often kept drawn across the window permanently.

It is therefore worth using a decorative style of hanging or a simple trimming to make them more attractive. A cross-over hanging is one way of making sheer curtains more interesting,

and its look can be strengthened by emphasizing the diagonal lines with a trimming. For these cross-over sheer curtains with a simple edging trim, you will need the made-up curtains, your chosen trimming (picot edging is used here), and the basic sewing kit.

Measure the lengths of the edges of the curtains that will drape diagonally across the window, and cut two pieces of the trimming to these measurements, allowing an extra 3 cm on each length for turnings.

1. Positioning Trimming Neaten the trimming by turning under and sewing 1.5 cm of each of the raw ends. Lay the curtain fabric wrong side up on a large, smooth surface and carefully pin and tack the trimming in position along the leading edge. Repeat for the other curtain.

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2. Attaching Trimming Machine sew or slipstitch the trimming along each edge. Remove the tacking stitches and press. Hang the curtains and draw back each panel. To add further interest to a sheer curtain, use an unusual tie-back.

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The Finished Curtain

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Corded Edging

This type of trimming is applied to a finished curtain, so it can be used to give a new look to existing curtains. You will need a cord and a basic sewing kit.

Mark a line for the cord on the curtain fabric 1 cm from the leading and hemmed edges.

Measure along the marked line and cut the cord to this length, adding 3 cm for turnings.

1. Preparing Cord Take the measured length of cord and secure one of the ends. To do this, wrap matching strong thread around the frayed end of the cord to bind it.

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2. Securing End Fold the end of the cord under itself to hide the binding. Lay the cord on the line, folded end against one edge of the curtain, and oversew it in place by hand.

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3. Sewing On Slipstitch the cord along the marked line. Keep the cord and the fabric flat to avoid puckering when hung. When you reach the end, turn the cord under and oversew.

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The Finished Curtain

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Fringed Edging

You will need fabric and lining for a lined curtain, fringing, and the basic sewing kit. Cut the curtain fabric and lining fabric for a lined curtain.

Lay the curtain fabric right side up on a large flat surface. Sew the lining to the fabric along the unfringed side, its top 4 cm from the top of the fabric.

Fold the opposite edge of the lining to the wrong side by 1 cm, and press. Measure the leading edge of the curtain, starting 4 cm from the top edge and ending 9 cm from the bottom. Cut the fringe to this size.

1. Attaching Fringe Sew fringe to the right side of the curtains leading edge with its sewing line aligned with the seam line. Press the seam allowance to the wrong side so that the fringe sticks out. Fold the bottom edge of the curtains by 1.5 cm and by 7.5 cm to enclose the fringe seam, and press. Mitre the corner of the fold, and slipstitch the hem.

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2. Securing Lining Lay the curtain wrong side up and bring the free edge of lining to the fringed edge. Align with fringe stitching line. Slipstitch to secure.

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3. Attaching Tape Fold and slipstitch lining along the bottom edge. Trim the lining and fold the fabric at the top. Attach the heading tape.

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The Finished Curtain

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Bias Binding

The edging stiffens and strengthens the edges of an unlined or loose-lined curtain, giving a smart finish. It is not suitable for lined curtains.

To make up a curtain with bound edges, you will need curtain fabric, binding, heading tape, fabric for a loose lining if required, and the basic sewing kit.

Cut out the curtain fabric for an unlined curtain, but do not add seam allowances on edges that will be bound (here, all the edges are bound).

Measure around the edges to be bound and buy or make a bias strip to this length, adding 3 cm for turning under raw ends.

1. Folding Bias Strip Fold both edges of the bias strip to the centre of the wrong side and press flat. Bias bending can also be bought ready-folded.

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2. Positioning Bias Strip Lay the bias strip and the curtain fabric right sides together, edges aligned, and pin the bias strip to the curtain edges. Tack and sew along the fold line in the strip nearest to the raw edges. Remove the tacking stitches.

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3. Trimming Allowances When all of the bias strip has been sewn in position, trim the edge of the curtain fabric and the strip to 6 mm from the seam, to reduce the bulk of the edge.

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4. Binding Edge Fold the bias strip over the raw edge of the curtain to the wrong side and pin it in place. Slipstitch along the folded edge, making sure that the stitches do not show on the right side of the curtain. Finish making the curtain.

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The Finished Curtain

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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