From the comfort of your home sewing machine, sew a silk flower string curtain your daughter will love. Girls -- from toddlers to teens -- will enjoy a curtain made of silk flowers in their favorite colors that coordinate with their rooms. A combination of nylon thread, silk flower embellishments and the right-size needle makes this a project you can whip out in a day. Your only difficulty may be in finding flat silk flowers; they must be completely flat to flow smoothly beneath your machine's presser foot. Shop the scrapbooking section of your local craft store for silk flowers labeled "embellishments," flowers made specifically to fit flat between the pages of memory books and glide easily through a sewing machine.
1 Measure the inside length and width of your window with your measuring tape.
2 Set the iron to low and allow it to pre-heat for 5 to 10 minutes. Press your silk flowers carefully, one a time; stack them neatly off to one side. Pressing your flowers at the onset brings a little added crispness to your design.
3 Thread your sewing machine with size-33 nylon thread and install a number 12 or 14 needle. Set your stitch length to large.
4 Stack the pressed silk flowers next to you at your sewing machine and carefully sew a line through the middle and 1 inch or so beyond the end of the flower. Without cutting the thread, position a second flower under the presser foot. Repeat the process until you have made one line of flowers the length of your window. Back-tack to secure the stitch on the last flower and cut the thread to remove the string from the machine.
5 Repeat Step 4 to make enough flower strings to stretch the width of your window. Clip a curtain ring to the top of each flower string and thread them though a tension rod. Install the tension rod in the window with the flower strings suspended from it.
Items you will need
- Measuring tape
- Flat, silk flower embellishments, 100+
- Sewing machine
- Nylon thread, size 33
- Needle, number 12 or 14
- Curtain rings with clips
- Using nylon thread gives your flower string durability. Size 33 thread will withstand up to 5 pounds of pressure without breaking, making it a recommended size for homes with small children or cats.
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