- What is drapery?
- Drapery options for curtains
- Curtain Tape
- Pelmets - an elegant decor for curtains
- Types of lambrequins
- How to sew a lambrequin with your own hands
- How to choose fabric for curtains and pelmets
The process of repairing and decorating an apartment or house one way or another ends with window decoration with curtains. The choice of cornice, material, finishing method, accessories can be delayed, because every housewife knows that this is the most important touch in the interior of the whole house, which can either emphasize the overall design style and become its crowning glory, or ruin all the work.
What is drapery?
One of the most popular ways to decorate curtains today is drapery. This general concept, meaning "curtains with pleats", implies many ways to fold curtains for the original decoration of a window opening. Draped curtains create an atmosphere of comfort, softness and warmth in the room.
Drapery options for curtains
The general desire to decorate your home in a specific and unique way has led to the fact that the types of draperies have become very numerous. Some of them are quite possible to do on your own, with imagination and minimal sewing skills.
- Accordion. With this extremely popular type of decoration, everyone is well aware of the curtains in almost all fitting rooms. The curtain hangs on the cornice with rings.
- French pinch braid. This rather intricatedecorating curtains requires precision and care at the pattern stage. The curtain is assembled into fan-type folds. It is important to correctly calculate the width of the folds and the gaps between them. To give the window frame the necessary splendor, the folds are made quite frequent, so the width of the selected fabric should be much larger than the width of the cornice, more than 2 times.
- Glass. The execution technique is similar to the French braid, only the fabric above the eaves is not collected in a fan, but in one fold using lining materials, for example, padding polyester.
- Wave. The wave-like drapery of the curtains will add grace and lightness to long curtains and curtains.
Ties and eyelets. Such drapery with your own hands does not take much time and does not require special skills. You just need to choose a ribbon, braid, tourniquet or a special brush that is suitable in style and color and carefully assemble the curtain with them. To give an interesting shape and reliability, you can tie a ribbon to a special holder on the wall.
- Decorative clothespins, clips, collars allow you to independently change the appearance of the curtains, giving them a new shape each time.
What is ribbon draping? A special tape is sewn to the upper edge of the curtain, through which several strings are stretched. They subsequently tighten up. At the same time, the curtain is assembled into absolutely even vertical folds. The tighter the strings are, the bigger the folds will be and the more fabric will be needed for sewing.
It is not surprising that the majority now prefers tape draperybecause it allows you to achieve an impressive effect with less labor costs. There is no need to independently measure and stitch each fold. The ribbon is suitable for any type of fabric. The heavier the curtain fabric, the denser the braid should be. Most often it is cotton or polyester. A transparent ribbon of fishing line will allow you to drape tulle or any other thin fabric.
The width of the tape can vary from 2 to 15 cm. Narrow strips are chosen if the upper part of the curtain is hidden under a false ceiling, pelmet or wide cornice. A wide ribbon is chosen if decorative drapery of curtains is intended.
Pelmets - an elegant decor for curtains
What is curtain drapery without lambrequins? It's like a beautiful painting without a frame. Lambrequins give the design of the room a sense of completeness and fullness. They cover the edges of the curtains with delicately folded fabric. Initially, they had one function - to hide an unaesthetic cornice, but now it is one of the main ways to decorate a window, allowing you to transform even the most boring and monotonous curtains.
Types of lambrequins
To choose the right lambrequin for your window, you need to take into account not only the existing curtains, but also the overall style of the room. Manufacturers distinguish 4 main types:
- Classic. This is the easiest lambrequin to make, consisting of a thin strip gathered into folds of fabric. The stripe can be straight, wavy, or arched. It will easily hide any imperfections of the cornice,walls and window slopes.
- Decorative. Gives complete freedom of action to people with imagination, will allow to realize any idea of the author, no matter how extravagant he is. A difficult task is to make a lambrequin with your own hands. The pattern can be so intricate that it will be simply impossible to cope with it on your own, and the services of a seamstress for sewing lambrequins are quite expensive. However, sometimes the result can exceed all expectations and overshadow the funds spent on it.
- Hard. This window frame will keep its shape for a long time due to the use of strong and durable fabric.
Combined lambrequin. The pattern for it can contain elements of all three previous types.
How to sew a lambrequin with your own hands
To make a beautiful lambrequin on your own is a very real task if you have at least minimal sewing skills and a ready-made pattern. As a rule, the patterns for lambrequins themselves are simple. And a spectacular result can be obtained by successfully folding the folds and adding decoration elements. If you have a reduced pattern available, then before starting work, it must be enlarged to real sizes and transferred to hard paper.
- Fold the fabric along the grain line and carefully place it on the pattern so that the matter covers it completely. Outline the contours with chalk or soap, cut out.
- Cut off the lower trim strip from the canvas and decorate it.
- We bend the fabric adjacent to the main canvas,iron it, pin it with pins and sew it to the lambrequin.
- We fasten both resulting canvases, leaving gaps for threading through the cornice and for turning inside out, if it is supposed to.
- Carefully cut off all excess fabric around the seams, including allowances.
- Turn the finished pelmet on the front side, iron it and carefully sew up the gaps.
Now your first hand-made lambrequin is ready. Subsequently, it will be possible to try to master more complex patterns.
How to choose fabric for curtains and pelmets
Having found out what drapery of curtains and lambrequins is, having examined their types, let's try to find out what materials are best to use. In fact, any fabric can be suitable, but each case must be approached strictly individually. Initially, we start from the style of the room and the concept of the entire apartment. For example, the Baroque style cannot do without rich velvet. Dense, strong fabrics will give the curtains massiveness and respectability. Weightless curtains will create a gentle, light atmosphere. Polyester is just perfect for the kitchen, where the durability of the curtains is important, since they are the most often washed. Silk and linen also tolerate regular washing well. In addition, they are hypoallergenic, which is important, for example, for a child's room.