How to Figure Yardage for Curtains



Creating your own curtains is a rewarding experience. You will have the opportunity to choose your own materials and prints. They will also be custom curtains because they will be tailored to your own style and windows. Figuring the correct amount of fabric needed for your curtains is essential to keep from purchasing too much or too little fabric. You can figure the yardage required to make your new curtains in about an hour.

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How to Calculate Yardage for Curtains
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Calculating yardage for curtains is an important first step before picking out fabric. It’s best to measure the window with the curtain rod you want to use already installed, since some curtain rods fit inside the window frame, while others sit several inches above the window and extend past the window on both sides. If you haven’t picked out the rod yet, you can make your best guess.Difficulty:ModerateInstructions Measure the window from the top of the curtain rod to a few inches below the bottom of the window frame, or the place where you want the curtain to end. Measure the width of the installed curtain rod.
Add an extra 4 inches or so to the window length for the hem
How to Calculate Yardage for Fully Closing Curtains
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Part of making your own window coverings involves precise measuring and calculating to ensure that you purchase enough fabric. Because many curtains have added fullness, you must use extra fabric to create these billows. Calculate yardage for fully closing curtains to ensure that your window treatments have the appearance you desire.Difficulty:Moderately EasyInstructions Things You'll Need
Tape measure
Calculator

Measure the curtain rod with the tape measure. If the curtain rod has “returns” that curve toward the wall, instead of a straight rod, add the length of both returns to the measurement.
Multiply the curtain rod length by 2, 2 1/2 or 3,

How to Determine Yardage for Curtains
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Calculating yardage for your curtains involves a bewildering number of considerations, but by proceeding in logical way and measuring very carefully, you can easily get to the right answer. It is important to be accurate. You cannot return cut fabric, so if you buy too much, you are stuck with it. If you buy too little fabric, the problem is more serious. You cannot just tack 24 inches of fabric on to the bottom of a panel; instead, you would have to buy enough fabric to make the whole panel, leaving you with extra and, hopefully, unnecessary fabric.Difficulty:EasyInstructions Things You'll Need
Tape measure
Pencil
Paper
Calculator

Calculate the width o

How to Figure Yardage for a Cornice Board
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A cornice is a type of window treatment topper that is often fixed or hard. The hard cornice is made out of wood, attached above the window using L-brackets. Softer cornices can be made of thick card boards although these tend to be less durable. The height of the cornice is based on the height of the window and ceiling and is proportioned to look appropriate to the weight of the drapery it covers.Difficulty:Moderately EasyInstructions Things You'll Need
Tape measure
1/2-inch graph paper
Pencil
Straight edge
Ruler

Measure the height of the window trim, the height of the ceiling, the width of the window trim. In general, the cornice should sit 4 inche

How to Figure Material Yardage
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Sewing is a popular and useful hobby. Almost any imaginable outfit or craft can be made in the hands of an experienced sewing enthusiast, although careful planning is necessary for success. The proper amount of fabric is essential no matter what item you are working on, and you should know how much fabric you need before you start sewing. Figuring material yardage is not particularly difficult and will ensure you have enough material to complete your project.Difficulty:ModerateInstructions Things You'll Need
Measuring tape
Patterns
Notebook

Determine the width of the fabric. Most types of fabric are found in bolts that are 44 inches wid

How to Figure Yardage for Sheer Curtains
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Sheer curtains are the first sewing project for many beginning sewers. With their straight seams and simplistic design, sheer curtains are well within any beginner's ability. While it may seem logical to simply measure the length of the window and take the yardage from there, with a little creativity you can switch up the direction of the fabric and make the same curtains for a lot less yardage.Difficulty:Moderately EasyInstructions Things You'll Need
Measuring tape
Calculator

Measure from the top of your curtain rod down to where you want the bottom of the curtain to hang. Add 4 inches. This will be the length measurement of each panel.
Measure the width

How to Figure Slipcover Yardage
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Slipcovers can provide furniture protection from active kids and pets, and can give old or new furniture a different look to meet your decorating tastes. You can use your sewing skills to make slipcovers cheaper than having them professionally sewn. But, before you face the challenge of choosing the perfect fabric, you need to calculate how many yards of fabric you will need.Difficulty:ChallengingInstructions Things You'll Need
Sewer's tape measure
Graph paper
Scissors

Measure the inner back (the part you lean on) from the seat cushion, up and over the top to where it meets the outer back (the part of the furniture that might be against the wall). Add 6 in


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