I had every intention of writing this article on Saturday, but on Friday I received a phone call asking if I could babysit for the weekend. Of course I said yes; so that is my excuse for missing my weekly posting, yet again. But look, don’t you think it was worth it?
So onto creating…
While I was making my linen curtains a few weeks ago, I discovered that I had mis-measured the windows above my sink and I had cut my cloth too short. I allowed myself a few moments of remorse, but since I had used up most of my fabric, I knew I had to get creative really fast and solve my dilemma without ordering more fabric. My solution was to add a piece of fabric at the top of the curtain and turn the attachment seam into a pleat, so know-one would notice. It worked so well that I thought I would share it.
I really have no idea what I was thinking when I cut these valances, but I was way off. I only had 2 stripes of 5″ wide fabric left over after cutting out all the curtains, so that is what I used.
I attached each strip to the curtain using a tiny 1/8″ seam allowance, then I trimmed off about 1/3″ of it before pressing. Trimming was essential here, because it reduces the bulk of the seam significantly, which ensures for a nice pleat.
I pressed the seam to one side, then…
… I pressed my pleat in place, with the seam on the underside of it.
The next step was to proceed the exact same way as I did with the other pleats: Stitch 1/4″ away from the edge using my foot with the guide bar.
The pleat was pressed, not ironed, in a downward direction.
The final steps were to hem the sides, bottom and top of the curtain.
When all was said and done, the pleat looks fine directly below the rod pocket, and no-one will ever know of my blunder… except for those who read this post. You will keep my secret, right?