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.
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
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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
Tape measure

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
Multiply the curtain rod length by 2, 2 1/2 or 3,

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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

the width o

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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
Tape measure
1/2-inch graph paper

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

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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
Measuring tape
class="error">Determine the width of the fabric. Most types of fabric
are found in bolts that are 44 inches wid
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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
Measuring tape

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

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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

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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