How to Make Curtains

I have followed Step A of my instructions on how to write a how-to blog post in the following blog post.

1.  Go to Joann Fabrics and pick out a nice, spring suiting material.  

2.  If you are making the popular 84” window panels and don’t mind some pooling at the floor, ask the person at the cutting counter to produce 2 cuts of 2.5 yards of fabric.  She will most likely say: “We don’t normally do that, do you still want me to do that?” And you answer: “Yes” because she’ll do it anyway.  This decreases your workload significantly.

3.  Sew up a nice finished double hem around each rectangular piece of fabric.  If you get lazy on the second window panel, just stick to a single hem, it is not that big of a deal.

4.  I forgot to mention that you might want some accent trim for your curtains.  So grab some scrap upholstery fabric.  Hopefully you’ve got two 1.5 yard pieces that can be folded hot dog style to make a valance that you will sew to the top of your beautifully hemmed suiting material.  This part of the process is a bit vague in my memory, but if you know how to sew you’ll figure it out.

5.  Still have some scrap upholstery material?  Create cuffs with the extra material for your curtains.  Do this by folding fabric that is about 6”W x 12”L (totally approximate measurements) with wrong sides together, and sew up all the seams but one to turn it inside out to make a nice finished looking strip of fabric.

6.  You have to get some adhesive hook and loop strips (aka Velcro) while you are at Joann’s.  You will use the Velcro to fasten the cuff and gather the curtain panel.

7.  Ok, now you are probably ready to hang these curtains up.  You probably wish you had pictures with these instructions so you did not have to read so carefully and probably make 2 trips to Joann Fabrics.  Here’s a picture of the final product, maybe it will help you pick out new curtains.

Headboard courtesy of my MoH

How to Write a How-To Blog Post

If you want to write a how-to blog post, you will need to know how to write instructions (it helps if you know how to follow them, too – I tend to “perfect” processes as I go, instead of trust the judgement and knowledge of those who write the instructions, which is not always the best practice).

I’m starting to come to terms that if I want to write a how-to blog post, I will need to pay more attention to what I am doing so that I can share my savvy how-to tips with the people who will read this.

You might also need a camera.  Not only will you need to own a camera, you will need to use it.  And you will need to use this camera as you do your project.  Pictures are great for how-to blog posts because no one wants to read all these words when they can just deduct the most sensible instructions by looking at a picture, am I right?

So, by my own advice, I am to:

A) Consciously remember the steps I take to do my project.

2) Take pictures at vital milestones in the project.

D) Post these pictures with instructions.

I can’t guarantee that you will see this type of blog post on this blog because I don’t do directions.  Luckily Pritch very much enjoys following directions.  With his help, I might be able to write a how-to blog post in my blogging future.