Make your own curtains with big grommets (DIY sewing project tricks)

Here is a step by step how I did my 2 colours curtains for a patio door :

I’ve pre-ordered 5 yards (4,5m) of one of my textile design on linen-cotton canvas and put my curtain pole up.

1: 1Coupe 2: 2mesureF

1) Once it has arrived I cut it in 2 equal parts of 2,5 yards (90″) or 2,25m each

2) Then I measured the width of the window (72″ or 1,8m) and the height from the floor to the top of the pole (90 ” or 2,25 m)

The width of the fabric is ( 56″ or 1,4m) so 2 panels will add to a (108″ or 2,7m)

so perfect to cover the entire patio door!

But the height  after the hemming won’t be enough so I’ll add a black fabric header to both parts and it will add a bit of drama to it 🙂

3: 3HEM 4 : 4FoldOnce

3) First I’ll overlock all the cut edges so it won’t fray and I like the overlock professional finish but a simple zigzag will do the trick.

4) I fold the BOTTOM (take car of the direction of the fabric ) and measure the fold so it’s 9,5 inches or 23,75cm  from one side to the other, I do so for the 2 panels

5 : 5Refold 6 : 6Pinit

5) I re-fold outwards a lip of 1,5 inch or  3,75cm and as I go along …

6) I pin it in place sir all my measurements are not in vein.

7 : 7SewSides 8 : 8Clipcorners

7) I stitch both side of the bottom fold, I do so for the 2 panels

8) I cut the corners not getting closer than 1/8 of an inch or 4mm

9 : 9FlipCorners 10 : 10PinitMesure

9) I flip the fold outwards pushing the corners all the way out to make them perfect and square

10) I make sure that my bottom fold now measures 8″ or 20cm from the bottom to the inwards flip, and I pin it from one side to the other.

11 : 11Sewfold 12 : 12ironsides

11) I stitch the closest I can the the border 1/16 of an inch or 2mm

12) I iron inwards the 2 side of the 2 panels

13 : 13Pinsides 14 : 14SewSides

13 ) I pin my ironing so it won’t move while I sew and move the panels

14) I stitch near the finished edge of the fabric (away from the fold) from the bottom fold to the top, I do so for each sides of the 2 panels

15 : 15MesureLenght  16 : 16MesureWidth

15) I measure to length of the panels it gives me 80,5 inches or 2,05 m

16) I measure the finished width that gives me 54″ or 1,35m

17 :  17CutBlackFab 18 : 18PinCurtaintoBlack

17) I cut 2 pieces of black fabric 55″ or 1,375m wide (54″ + 1/2″ seam allowance on one side + 1/2″ seam allowance on the other side) or (1,5m + 1,25cm  and seam allowance on one side + 1,25cm seam allowance on the other side)

by 26″ or 65cm in height (90″ *from pole to floor* – 80,5″ = 9,5″ + 2 x1/2″ seam allowance = 10,5″ +2,5″ on top of the pole= 13″ x 2 because I want to double it EQUALS 26″) or (2,25m *from pole to floor* – 2,05m = 20cm + 2 x1,25cm seam allowance = 26,25cm +6,25cm on top of the pole = 32,5cm x 2 because I want to double it EQUALS 65cm)

18 ) I pin Right side of the black fabric to wrong side of the of printed fabric leaving the extra hanging equally on each side

19 :  19SewblacktoCurt 20 :  20FoldBlackBack

19 ) Stitch 1/2″ (1,25cm) from the the edge All the way from one side to the other, I do so for each sides of the 2 panels

20) I fold the black fabric backwards and pin the sides

21 : 21SewSidesBlack  22 : 22Flipcornes

21 ) I fold upwards the bottom edge of the black fabric 1/2″ (1,25cm) before stitching over it 1/2″ (1,25cm)from the sides

22) I fold back outside in the black folded part pushing the corners to make them square

23 : 23Mesure&pin 24 : 24StictchOver

23) I measure the fold making sure that 1/2″ (1,25cm) is folded inwards at the seam and that it measures  12,5″ or 31,25cm I do so for each top of the 2 panels

24) I stitch the closest I can the the border 1/16 of an inch or 2mm

25 : 25IronTop 26 :  26MesureGRometes

25) I press the black fabric flat on each panel

26) I measure the width of the panel 54″ or 1,35m  and I divide it by 8 (8 grommets) = 6,75″ or 16,9cm (always put an even number of grommets so your curtains sides will point the walls)

I make a mark with a chalk  at 3,5″ or 8,75cm from the top so the top of the grommet will end up at 2, 5″ or 6,25cm from the top of the panel. The first mark will be 3,375″ or 8,45cm from the side, the second 6,75″ or 16,9cm from the first mark, and so on… I repeat for the other panel

27 : 27Stencil  28 : 28-CutCircles

27) I use the stencil to make the circle putting my mark in the middle of it and do so for all 8 marks on each panel

28) I cut carefully all of my 16 circles

29 : 29-Pushgromets

29) Each grommet comes in 2 parts, one positive one negative. I put the positive on the right side facing down, the negative part underneath facing upward and then press until I hear “click” and hang them

30 : 30Resultat

30) RESULTS!!!! 🙂 Really happy about it.

86% of my resolution pasted, sum up of creating a textile design weekly…

As written before, I took the resolution at the beginning of 2013 of participating to all the weekly contests of Spoonflower.

The contests are : design a fabric in the proportions asked (8″x8″ * if its a swatch or most of the time 21″ x18″*  if its a fat quarter and rarely 42″x36″*  if it’s a full yard). The theme is given by Spoonflower. Sometimes a colour palette is restricted (you have to use and only use the colours specified), other times it is asked to create a pattern within the dimensions with explanations written on the fabric and seam allowances included. Most of the time it’s create a fabric design that fits a fat quarter (21″x18″ * horizontal) that respect the theme and considers repetition. (depending on the repetition, half drop, hal brick, mirror or basic it’s all in the mathematics!)

Since January 1st I submitted over 40 designs. It’s an exercise for the creating muscle, let me tell you!

Here’s the resume of my performances (yellow frame : made it into the top ten, red : FIRST place):

1-Snake 2-ToileJouy3-Australia4-MardiGRas 5-LoveLetters6-Africa7-Critter 8-LionLamb 9-GirlPower10-PaintedEggg11-JaneAusten 12-BabyAnimals  13-GardenTools14-PopChick15-Sailing16-Birthdays  17-Geek18-GREek19-Mod 20-FRogs  21-Farmers22-Midsummer23-Citrus24-Picnics  25-Horses26-Crickets27-Byways 28-bit 29-Fireflie 30-fashion31-Pencil32-DimSum33-dino   34-Kuler35-Geo 36-Constellation  37-Pies38-Costume 39-Ghosts 40-Calendar

The resolution I made with myself had many purposes  : force myself to create weekly, create a portfolio to knock on textile printers doors and challenge myself to a year contract and keep my word.

CREATION wise : The more you create the more you’re creative!!! It’s a muscle. Yes, I had themes that were really difficult, but the thing is though it! And no matter what, enter the contest with the design you came up with no matter what.

PORTOFOLIO wise : I have 40 designs of really out of the box themes, so I can show that no matter the theme I can create and be inspired. So Christmas fabric here I come! On top of my resolution,  I manage to challenge myself to add to certain really inspirational designs that I made. By doing so, I design  a few collection with blenders fabric, and mid scale fabrics. So, then again, It shows in my portfolio that I can decline an idea into a viable collection yey!!

CHALLENGING MYSELF wise : At first I thought and said to myself if its to difficult or a boring theme or it doesn’t fit with my schedule I could skip 1 design per month. But you know what? I couldn’t do it. I did all the contests that I could enter. And by doing so I’m proud of myself by not giving up or giving myself excuses.

There’s 8 contests to go before the end of my resolution. For sure I’m going to prepare my portofolio in 2014, to show the fabric printers and hope for a collection contract or even just a try at first. But I think I’m going to continue entering the contests. Maybe not all of them but I think I’m going to miss it 😉

After all of this my conclusion is :

– When it comes down to voting on-line, don’t beat yourself if you don’t perform. Sometimes your best design won’t do so well and a design that you did without “suffering” will be in the first ones. Be aware and honest. If others a clearly better accept it, and study there success, try to observe what makes it so great is it details, out of the box thinking…? (don’t copy!)

– Fame comes in waves… surf it. But don’t despair when it goes away and don’t wait for it, it will always come as a surprise!

– Keep your word, make the challenge big enough to be proud of overcoming it, but not to big that you set yourself for failure that’s not the point.

That was my reflexion, my resolution is almost over… I’m wondering if I’ll give myself another one for the next year. I’ll have to think about it…

For now, this week challenge is Film Nor (it took me 5 designs before being happy with what I’ve done, but submitted it just in time)

I really hope it gave you the will to challenge yourself with a 2014 resolution!

* 8″x8″ = 20cmx20cm          * 21″ x 18″ = 52,5cm X 45cm             * 42″ x 36″ = 105cm x 90cm

Decoration for Halloween & Winter/Christmas – hand made BROOMS

For Halloween I wanted to decorate dramatically the way to the front door for all the trick or treaters.

This year we had a few wind storms that made branches from the trees fall off, way more than usual. So, since it was tricky to get rid of it all (city overwhelmed by the amount) I decided to use them… to decorate!

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I decided I would do witch brooms. I collected all the little branches to make the bristles and 5 big ones 2″ (5cm) diameter and 6′ (1m75) long to make the handle.

With a pair of pruner and lopper I cut all the little branches in 12″ (30cm) to 24″ (60cm) sections. and made 5 piles evenly distributed  (the best that I could).

To the tip of a handle, I attached the thickest of the little branches all around with twine-nat rope. I put gloves to make it tight without burning my hands and asked for a second pair of hands to help me hold everything while I was attaching the bristles . I made three layers from the thickest to the thinnest bristles. Attaching the branches in bunches the best and the tightest that I could.


I didn’t care about the perfection of it because; I thought it would look like a witch made it up herself, and in a hurry so…. It gave imperfect, perfect witches brooms!

Once all five were done I attach the handle the the hand rail with fat tie-raps.

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I dispersed the brooms all the way up to the front door, bristles up to make a creepy – witchy entrance for the trick or treaters and voilà !


But wait for it… I took them off after Halloween,  but I kept all them for the winter time, so I can make snow man with beautiful brooms 🙂


I hope you liked my DIY Halloween / Winter-Christmas easy to make BROOM-decoration!