This curtain has been made from a modern pure wool plaid fabric in colours reminiscent of the Scottish lowlands with soft greens and mauves predominating. Tab headings have many advantages over traditional gathered curtains. Curtains require less fabric as this type of heading does not gather the material.
YOU WILL NEED:
– Tartan fabric the width x drop of curtain plus 30cm (12 in) for seam allowances plus enough to cover buttons and make tabs
– Lining fabric the same dimensions as the tartan plus enough fabric to make tab headings (the number will depend on the width of the window)
– Iron-on interfacing (the type suitable for tiebacks and pelmets)
– Button kit for fabric-covered buttons
– Needle and thread
– Sewing machine
- Measure from top of curtain rail to top of the window and double this. Draw a template of this depth by 5cm (2in) with a pointed end. Draw round template onto interfacing and cut out. Cut contrasting fabric 1cm (1/2 in) larger all the way round the template. Iron interfacing onto the centre of wrong side of fabric.
- Turn the fabric edges in and iron into position. You may have to cut away excess fabric at the point to help the fabric lie neatly.
- Cut tartan fabric slightly smaller than outer fabric. Press under seam allowance and sew onto the back of the tab so all raw edges and interfacing are hidden.
- Make self-covered buttons according to manufacturer’s instructions. Sew just above the point of the tab. Attach the tabs to curtain top with the points at the front and the straight edges at the back.