My Mom and two of her sisters worked in a garment factory in the early mid-century. One of them worked there until it closed in the late 1980's when manufacturers started sending their work to foreign countries. From them, I learned to love to sew. Though my first sewing machine was just a little pink plastic toy machine that only did one stitch, I loved every minute I spent sewing on it. I haven't stopped loving sewing since then.
Figuring Yardage & How to Cut Panels
- Decide the finished length you want the panels to be. I made 63″ long panels for our daughters dining room so I’ll use that as my example.
- Add the desired hem plus half inch for turn over before hemming.
- Add for rod pocket. Do this by measuring the circumference of the rod plus one inch* for ease and half inch for turn over.
- Multiply the total from # 3 by number of panels you’re making.
- Divide the amount from # 4 by 36 to find yards needed. Round up to allow for a possible off grain cut.
For lining all you need is to multiply the length times the number of panels, divide by 36. Round up about a quarter yard, again for a possible off grain cut.
Measure lengths needed from selvage (finished) edge of fabric. Using scissors or rotary cutter, straight edge and mat, cut the fabric and lining according to the measurements you found using the formulas above. I highly recommend measuring all panels and marking each with a large head pin before cutting to make sure you have enough fabric.
* If you want a header (the ruffle part above the rod pocket) add double the amount you want the finished header to be.
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