Tips on Making Curtains for Colder Climates
There are many tips on making curtains for colder climates and we will discuss some in this article. Depending where you live and how hot or cold the temperatures get, you may want to consider different types of curtains to help to insulate your windows better. Whether or not you have experience in making window curtains, this article will show you a simple technique to making lined curtains that will give your windows just a little more insulation.
One of the biggest advantages to making lined curtains is that they can shield your home from the sun and also provide you a protective layer against the biting cold. The types of curtains you buy at your local home center can be on the thin side, and cause you money in the long run. If your in a location where the heat can reach triple digits, the damaging rays of the sun can actually do harm to your furniture. The direct sunlight can pierce the thin store bought curtains and actually fade your upholstery. Making window curtains that are slightly thicker will allow you to protect your furniture from the sunlight and give your heating bills a break from having to keep your home toasty warm in the winter. You can easily add a lining of cotton duck that can really change the climate in a particular room.
The process to create the lined curtains is pretty simple. The fabric side of the drapes will basically fold over the lining you choose. Simply measure the window and add approximately five inches to the width and seven inches to the length. The lining will need to be cut to be slightly shorter than the drapes. To ensure you create a clean edge, you should have about a half inch seam allowance.
Place the drapes on a table and then place the lining in the center of the drapes. Begin folding the extra drape material over the lining, and then slowly begin sewing the two pieces together. You can get creative and add a curtain bar higher than your previous bar, and then sew curtain rings to the top of the drapes. This will allow them to cover more of the window opening and keep the heat or cold air out. This works especially well at keeping the sunlight out of certain rooms where the damaging sunlight can fade pictures, furniture or carpeting.
Making window curtains is something that even the most novice crafter can accomplish pretty easily. The goal here is to basically cover the majority of the window opening and still give the room a stylish appearance. When it comes to areas that have extreme heat, you also have to make sure that when you are making lined curtains that you have the white facing outside, and a darker color inside the home. If you were to choose a darker color and have it facing outside, the sunlight will fade the color in a very short period of time, and completely ruin all your work. The types of curtains that work best for any weather condition will look stylish and functional at the same time. After you are successful with the first window, the rest will be simple. As you can see, making curtains can be a lot of fun!