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Calculate Fabric Needs to Sew Simple Panel Curtains

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Measure the Window
Measure a window for curtains

Measure a window for curtains

Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
Sewing your own curtains allows you to have exactly what YOU want on your windows. Your first step to calculate how much fabric you will need to buy to sew your own curtains is to measure the window.

Questions to Consider:
  • Do you want the curtain to the ceiling?
  • Do you want the curtain to the floor or is there a radiator that you want to leave unobstructed?
  • How thick is the curtain rod you will be using?
  • Do you want the curtain in the window recess or to cover the entire window and trim?
  • How full do you want the curtain?

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