How To Sew Velvet Drapes

When you want your home to look more luxuriously appealing, velvet drapes are the best accessory. Velvet drapes truly have mastered the art of capturing the eyes of the beholder. They possess a touch of elegance that creates a warm ambiance in a room. Velvet drapes are popularly used as theater curtains as well as gothic décors. They are commonly available in solid colors, seldom with prints. You can choose from a wide variety of colors when selecting drapes and add luxury in any room you prefer to decorate.

Some people have fun creating their own velvet drapes. But sewing velvet may be difficult for beginners as it requires moderate skills in sewing. It is advised not to continue sewing velvet drapes until you are equipped to finish drapes smoothly. However, if you are feeling well-equipped and confident in sewing velvet drapes, then these steps can help you make your sewing fun and easy.

Prepare your chosen velvet drapes, a measuring tape, scissors, tracing pencil, head pins, and the sewing machine.

  1. Determine the size of the drape depending on the measurement of the window or wall you want to place them. Make a pencil outline of the measurement and lay them on a flat surface wherein you can see its entire view. Start pinning the outline and cut all sides carefully. When cutting velvet drapes, do it one step at a time. If you try to cut it in multi-layer, the fabric may slip out and its appearance will be damaged.
  2. Fold both left and right sides of the fabric at least an inch. Pin all the folded sides from top to bottom. Take note that when using pins and needles on velvet drapes, it is important to use the 70/10 needle or a thinner needle and pin when you can't find any.
  3. Go to the bottom part of the drapery; fold the base twice for about two inches each. Pin well.
  4. Determine the size of the rod then fold the remaining edge at least an inch then fold again about 4 inches the size of the rod. Lock each edge by pinning.
  5. Now you can start sewing. To avoid the material from crumpling while you sew, hand-basting is preferred over machine-basting. Don't apply too much pressure on the drapes,. It leaves impressions on the fabric that you may not want to see after you have competed sewing.

Velvet is one of the most sensitive types of fabric. So handle your drapes with the necessary care to maintain their beauty and elegance. If you find yourself hesitant to sew this type of drapery, you can always enjoy purchasing a ready-made, elegant velvet curtain of your choice. But if you truly, madly and deeply desire velvet drapes for your home, but with a very limited budget, you may try asking help from friends who do possess the necessary sewing skills. This may also give you a chance to watch and learn, so that you yourself may one day sew your very own drapes.


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