Kitchen Decorating With Roosters
Pierced curtains have metal-rimmed eyelets inserted along the top of the curtain through which a thin pole is threaded. Use an inexpensive eyelet kit bought from a DIY or hardware store. The eyelets should be positioned on the wrong side of the hem, approximately 10cm (4in) apart.
If you are using an eyelet kit, practise on a spare piece of fabric before making the holes in the curtains. Place the fabric over the die provided with the kit and, using the narrow end of the tool and a hammer, punch a small hole in it. Assemble both parts of the eyelet around the hole. The washer part should be uppermost, on the wrong side of the material, with its closed side upwards. Using the wide end of the tool, hit the washer sharply with a hammer. When you feel confident enough to make the eyelets in the curtain, use the position marks you have made on the curtain to line up the eyelet tool. To avoid later ripping of the fabric, the top of the curtain can be reinforced first with binding, cotton webbing or ribbon.
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A looped heading has lined fabric tabs sewn into the top of the curtain through which the pole is slotted. Bearing in mind the total width of the curtain, determine how many tabs you want and their width. The finished width of each should be approximately 5cm (2in), so to make them, double the width and add 3cm (VAin) for a seam. To establish how
Headings without tapes
Cheerful, cottagey sunshine-yellow gingham curtains, unlined to let through the light, have been given an interesting heading. There is an integral valance to give the heading some weight, and the fabric ties that attach the curtain to its pole are extra long so that they hang down, looking a little like ribbons long the tabs need to be, measure the circumference of the rod or pole and then add 5cm (2in) for ease, plus 3cm (lXin) for seams.
Cut out the strips of fabric and fold them in half lengthways, right sides together, and sew 1.5cm (Min) seams. Turn the tubes right side out and press them flat with the seam in the middle of one side. Loop the tabs and sew them together with a 1.5cm (Min) seam. Sew them to the right side of the fabric, 1.5cm (Min) from the top and with the loops hanging down.
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