Sewalongwithkitty-Simple Rod Pocket Curtains
Three times the rod width for Volume
Rod 47 plus 2 inch return to the wall =51 and 2 1/2 inch turn unders on the sheer panel. It will be just one panel... width of sheer batiste fabric is 118, so can just make one panel of 1 width and the yardage is the length of the curtain plus turn under at top (4 inches) and the hem which is just a double 2 or 4 inches for the hem.
The curtains we are making 63 finished so the sheer should be shorter, I will use 60 finished , so that will be 60 +4 top + 4 hem... so 68 will be the cut for the sheers and just one panel should be enough for each window..
Simple Rod Pocket Curtains
1. Establish the width and length.
If you want to be able to open your curtains so the full width of your window is exposed, your rod needs to be 10 inches beyond the window frame on each side. If you are going to put a valance above your curtains than you need to put the rod up higher than the window so the valance doesn't cut into your window view.
There is no stackback on these rods, so the window will always be blocked on the sides.
The measure of the window is 47 x 47... It looks like the rod is about 3 inches above the window and the drop below the window should be about 10 inches and then the sheers will be about 3 inches shorter than the curtains. The lining of the regular curtains will be about 2 inches shorter but will still be behind the hem. We are going to make the hem double 3-
Blackout fabric sewn on the back.. Made the lining 1 inch smaller on each side-sew down the sides right side together and then sew accross the top and flip. This gives you fabric on each side on the wrong side so that your curtain lining does not show.
and is Batiste sheer 118 wide. I used them the width and added 1/2 a width to make them 3 x the window width. The pictures are showing 2.5 times the width before I add the second panels.
Here we are working with an already installed double rod. So, we are going to work with the width of the rod and put the curtains below the window. When making sheers the sheers are usually 3 times the rod width so they are not so see through and will let the sunshine in when the curtains are open. They will be a couple of inches shorter than the regular curtains. This is a nursery, so we are lining them with blackout lining or it may be called eclipse lining. This lets no sunshine in until the baby gets bigger. Then you can use the sheers and curtains, but have the blinds closed so you have privacy but see the sun come up.
In this case, we had the design printed on cotton, so we had to prewash the fabric before making so the design was colorfast.
The rod is 47 x 2.5 = 117.5 divided by pre shrunk 40 inches = 2.9375 so we need 3 widths of the curtain fabric per window.
The actual size will be a little smaller by the seams, which I will use one half inch(total 1 inch) french finished seams and the side hems will go in 1 inch on each side so that will be 4 inches+1 inch.= 120 - 5= 115 window coverage=2.44 so almost 2.5 coverage.
This is the kind of french seam I use on draperies when pieced together and linings before I sew the two together. Stitch tightly down if doing rod pockets so that when you make the pocket seams don't catch on the rod when sliding in. In this case the Blackout will face the curtain before you make the rod pocket so there will be no outward seaming to catch on the rod. And to make it all double the work. I changed my mind about the fullness because I want the mushrooms and little forest keeper guys to show(I think). Once again I will be able to tell when I hang the first panel. If I do one width on each side of the curtain, the mushrooms and forest keepers will show better. The accessories are little mushroom lights above the curtains and stuffed mushrooms on mushroom shelves.
Bassinet skirt is ready for a ruffle around the bottom...didn't have any elastic, so I made the skirt have a casing with a drawstring from some facemask cording I had in a bag in the car.