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Muslin Curtains???

RagdollPaws's picture

Well Im wondering of Muslin fabric would be a good kind to make EASY curtains.. just really simple ones.. nothing fancy..or if u know of a site that explains how to make them with this kind of fabric.. it will be natural color.. as joann's is selling a 38" for only 1.49 a yard so thought why not sew some up... any ideas or suggustions will be helpful.. thanks

JWilliment's picture

I've done curtains out of calico, which I believe is the same as muslin.  They're not terribly strong, but look great.  (Strong enough though).  I lined them with more calico, and made them generously sized.  They won't be as effective at keeping heat in or out as a thermal fabric, but not noticably cold, especially if they're full and long.  I'd make them with very generous hems so you can let them down if they shrink in the wash (you can toss them in the washing machine, no problem, and preshrinking enough for curtains ina total pain).  I'd say go for it, treat it like any other fabric for curtains, and have a fancy tie back for a designer look.

There are no sewing mistakes - only opportunities for design features.
ShannonG4d's picture

I made curtains out of muslin several years ago..remember those with the really tight ruffles? I bought what is called "green" muslin from a local factory and sewed them up without prewashing. I never washed the curtains and we lived in that house five years....I don't think I'd wash that style of curtain anyway because of all the ruffles. Imagine the ironing!LOL

If I were doing a tailored window treatment, I might use two layers of the muslin so it would hang better.

LouiseBegin's picture

I have done plain curtains out of muslin and loved the homey comfoftable look of them.I did see some muslin curtains in a rather expensive curtain catalog quite recently but thought they were very highly priced.I would prewash the muslin as it does shrink rather badly and esp.if used in a kitchen or bath you might well want to wash them later.I would throw a cup of liquid starch in the final rinse to give back some body that the sizing had given it before your prewash as it would stitch up better.Remove from dryer while still slightly damp and iron your fabric.After that handle it like any cotton curtain when sewing it.For a neat simple border you could find a fairly basic  stencil and stencil a border on your edges with stencil cream paints.They would still be very washable after the paint had set for something like 72 hours.


Today is the Tomorrow you worried about Yesterday


                                                                    Louise

JWilliment's picture

The stencilling idea reminds me of some very stylish roman blinds a friend inherited in her new house.  They are calico (muslin), with a border at each side of a lovely dark blue.  The former owner stencilled the same (simple) design on the border and the bottom of the blind with reverse colours - cream on blue and blue on cream.  They look a million dollars, but would have cost a LOT less.

There are no sewing mistakes - only opportunities for design features.
LouiseBegin's picture

Most likely if the former owner made them  it was done quite reasonably but if they bought them ready made someone must have paid big bucks.It's the small things we do to our  personal sewing that make a plain item very special and indiviual.

Today is the Tomorrow you worried about Yesterday


                                                                    Louise