Winter is nearly here again. All the apples from our old Bramley have been turned into jams, chutneys, crumbles and sauces. I’m even attempting cider making at the suggestion of my brother in New Zealand. I asked him for ideas as he’s a really good cook and expected some exotic recipe to come back. But he just said ‘make cider’ and actually that’s a really good idea as that requires a lot of apples and my pile of Bramleys wasn’t diminishing very quickly. The Christmas cake, pudding and mincemeat have been made and stored away to mature. I’ve even made a few Christmas presents and have been looking forward to lighting the wood burner again now that the evenings are drawing in. I love this time of year but it is becoming apparent that the house is not that warm so I’ve decided to draught proof the front door with a new interlined curtain. I do realize it will take a lot more than that to make this house warm, but it’s a start.
This curtain is really easy to make. I’ve made a few over the years when I’ve decided I needed a new colour scheme as they are quick, simple and inexpensive. We have a portiere rod above the door which we leave turned away from the door during the day (and all through the summer) and we swing it shut across the door in the evening during the winter. So I will be making a channel in my curtain for the rod and I won’t need any heading tape or rings to hang it. But, because you see the front of the curtain during the day and the back of the curtain during the night, I will be using the main fabric on both the front and the back. My summer curtain does have lining on the back because it is really for decoration only. If I actually used it I would be able to see the lining at night when the curtain was across the door. Shop bought curtains do not often have interlining so if you have an old draughty house it is worth tracking some down and having a go at making your own. The interlining I bought is made from cotton and feels soft and fleecy similar to quilt wadding.
To start, I need to measure the height of the portiere rod that the curtain is going to hang from. Then I add 15 cm (10 cm for the hem and 5 cm for the frill at the top) and double the total to get the amount of fabric required. As well as the curtain fabric I need some thread and one length of interlining. The height of my portiere rod plus 15 cm came to 2.4 m. So I need 4.8 m of curtain fabric (2.4 m for the front and 2.4 m for the back) and 2.4 m of interlining.
First I need to fold the main fabric in half with right sides together and with the interlining placed on top. Then I will sew down either side leaving a 5 cm gap, 5 cm from the top on each side. If you do not want a frill on the top, just start sewing 5 cm from the top and continue straight to the bottom.
After hand sewing a 10 cm deep hem all the way around, the curtain needs to be turned the right side out.
Lastly I will sew a line of stitching right across the curtain 5 cm down from the top and a second line of stitching 5 cm further down to form the channel. If you are not putting the frill on the top you will only need the one row of stitching 5 cm from the top to form the channel. If at this point you realize you forgot to leave a 5 cm gap in the side seams, it’s not the end of the world you can easily unpick the few stitches from the ends after sewing the channel.
Now all that’s left it to thread the portiere rod through the channel on the curtain.