How to Make a Contrasting Edge on Drapes

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A contrasting edge on curtains or drapes (lined curtains) creates a "custom-made" impression. A band of contrast down the leading or center edge is a cost-effective way to bring diverse elements of the decor together. It will increase the visual importance of the drapes and add detail to what otherwise could be just another window treatment. Including a contrasting edge is well within the capabilities of a home sewer; all that is needed is a bit of planning.

Things You'll Need

  • Drapery fabric
  • Drapery lining fabric
  • Tape measure
  • Straight pins
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Hand-sewing needle
  • Matching thread

Make a Contrast Edge on Drapes

  • Cut the length of the contrast edge equal to the cut length of the drape panel. Cut the width equal to the finished width of the contrast plus 4 1/2 inches. Cut the main fabric panel the required width less the width of the contrast plus 1/2 inch.

  • Join the main fabric panel to the contrast along the length-wise edge with a 1/2 inch seam. Press the seam open.

  • Hem the panel to the predetermined length.

  • Lay the panel on the worktable, wrong side up, with the long edge of the contrast panel toward you. Fold the unsewn edge of the contrast panel toward the joining seam 2 inches and press on the fold. Fold again another 2 inches and press again on the outside folded edge.

  • Insert the lengthwise edge of the hemmed lining panel under the fold, and stitch along the inside folded edge, through all the layers.

Make a Contrast Edge on Curtains

  • Cut the length of contrast fabric equal to the cut length of the drape panel. Cut the width equal to twice the width of the finished contrast plus 1 inch. Cut the main fabric panel the required width less the width of the contrast plus 1/2 inch.

  • Join the main fabric panel to the contrast along the length-wise edge with a 1/2 inch seam. Press the seam allowance toward the outside edge of the contrast.

  • Hem the panel to the predetermined length.

  • Lay the panel on the worktable, right side of the fabric down, the long edge of the contrast panel toward you. Fold the long edge over toward the wrong side 1/2 inch and press. Fold again, aligning the pressed edge to the sewn seam, and press on the fold. Pin in place.

  • Hand-sew the inside folded edge of the contrast band to the underside of the joining seam.

Tips & Warnings

  • If using a plaid or stripe for the contrast, the custom drapery maker will ensure that the leading edges are mirror images of each other.
  • Place the top of the pattern at the same distance from the top of each panel.
  • Contrast edge fabric must be of similar weight to the main fabric and, for ease of cleaning and care, must be of similar fibers or blends.

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