How to make scalloped curtains
You will need:
Fabric (see details right
for estimating the amount)
- Matching sewing thread
- Paper for making a template
- Dressmaker's chalk
- Small buttons
- Sewing machine
Cut out the curtain panel and facing to the correct width and length, joining any fabric widths if necessary. Make a template for the scalloped edge (see instructions above). Press a 6mm double-fold hem onto the wrong side along one edge of the facing. Pin and machine stitch in place.
With right sides together, place the facing on top of the main panel with the top raw edges level. Position the paper template 1cm from the side and top edges, and pin in place. Using dressmakers' chalk, trace the scallop edges along the top edge and down the sides. Remove the template.
Pin and then tack the fabric pieces together around the scalloped lines chalked earlier and down the side edges to the lower edge of the facing.
Machine-stitch along the chalked lines, then remove all the tacking stitches. Cut out the scalloped shapes, leaving a 1cm seam allowance around the edges.
Cut notches in the seam allowances at the base of each scallop, 3mm from the stitching line. Snip the corners of the seam allowances at the top of the scallops.
Turn the top scalloped edge to the right side, gently easing out the corners with the point of a pair of scissors. Press the seamed edges flat.
Press a 6mm doublefold hem onto the wrong side down the remaining raw side edges. Pin and machine-stitch the hems in place.
Press a 2cm doublefold hem to the wrong side along the bottom edge of the curtain. Then pin and hand stitch the hem in place.
Fold down 4cm of the top sections of each scallop onto the wrong side, pin in place, then hand stitch the newly formed loops in place.
On the right side of the curtain, sew a decorative button at the base of each loop, roughly 5cm down from the top folded edges.
Edited book extract taken from So Simple: Window Style by Gail Abbott and Cate Burren, £14.99, Cico Books.