To modernize your window treatments, try sewing a curtain sleeve curtain. The fabric color you select can either complement or contrast with the rod, or even work in unison with a room’s accent color. During construction, the sleeve should be able to easily be turned inside out thanks to the fabric. A smooth tube for your curtain rod is made using one continuous line of stitching.
How to Make a Sleeve for a curtains Rod
- Measurement tape
- Marker and notepad
- a board and an iron
- Straight edge or yardstick
- slender pins
- matched-color thread
- needle for hand sewing
open the curtains
Take the curtains off the curtain rod, then use a measuring tape to determine the distance between the two ends of the rod. With a pencil, make a note of this measurement in a notepad.
The diameter of the rod should be measured and noted. To account for seams and ease, increase this circumference by 1 1/2 inches.
On an ironing board, use an iron to press the preshrunk fabric. Lay the cooled material out on a sizable, level surface.
Using a yardstick, pencil, or tailor’s chalk, mark the fabric according to the measurements that were taken. A long, narrow rectangle will appear on the fabric.
Trim, Fold, and Pin
Use scissors to cut this rectangle. To make a narrower rectangle, fold and pin the fabric in half lengthwise, right sides together.
Set the stitch-length dial on your sewing machine to a straight stitch with a regular stitch length, such as 2 or 2.5. Along the long, raw edges, stitch the two layers together every 1/2 inch. As the fabric moves along the needle plate, remove each and every pin. One continuous line of stitching should be visible. To aid in the stitching’s encapsulation, press the seam allowance.
This sleeve should be turned inside out to cover the raw edges. When pressing this sleeve, avoid creating a deep crease on the fold.
Insert the Rod
Place the rod inside the sleeve. The stitching should continue behind the rod and out of sight. At the end of each sleeve, tuck in 1/2 inch of material. Inside the sleeve, the folds will conceal the raw edges.
The curtain rod cap sleeve should be used to slide the curtains on. The ends of the sleeves should be tacked to the back of the hardware after threading a hand sewing needle. Your rod’s sleeve should remain securely in position.
Modifications for Gathered Sleeves
The measurements and fabric piece will be larger for a gathered sleeve rod. To create an extra-long sleeve, double the curtain rod’s measured width. For a wider tube that will make gathering easier, increase the diameter of the rod by 2 inches. Keep the leftover material in case you need to sew a larger sleeve or adjust the pattern. Curtains that stay open work well with this sleeve. When the curtains open or close, the sleeve could make the curtain rings drag.