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How much fabric is needed for curtains?


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November 06, 2007 5:56AM

To measure a window for fabric, you would want roughly 2 to 2 1/2 times the width (left to right) of the window. Then, the length (up and down) would be roughly 2 to 3 inches below the window, or 1-2 inches above the floor (depending on the style of drape). You will need to add fabric for the hem and whatever heading you decide to make. Most fabric is 54" wide, so you would need to calculate how many lengths of fabric you would need. Remember to think of it in terms of length, because the fabric needs to hang in a vertical manner. Sunset books has a good instruction booklet for novice curtain makers.