I got the large panels cut for the blackout curtains I'm making for my son's new apartment.
You can see these are large windows. They are 72" long and 48" wide. Well, actually the center window is a bit wider, 52". But, I'm going to make all three curtains the same size, 54" wide ... easier for me and less confusing to hang.
I will be taking apart curtains I made for a former apartment adding some new fabric and backing them them with special "blackout" lining.
This lining fabric is 54" wide, which is perfect. I will use the full width, so only need to worry about cutting accurate lengths.
I find the blackout lining to be cumbersome to work with. It is heavy, very stiff and doesn't have any give at all, so it is important the panels are cut very accurately.
First thing I do is take my "L" square to make sure there are 90 degree corners to start. An "L" square is a great tool to own, but you can find other things around the house with 90 degree corners such as a hardcover book, baking pan for example. Just carefully line up a long ruler or yard stick with the sides of your fabric and "L" square or book to draw a perfectly perpendicular line and cut the end straight.
With a yard stick I measure and mark (with an erasable pen) each yard.
But, three 72" panels will be perfect for the lining of these curtains. And here is how I go about cutting them.
Weights are really useful when doing this. They allow you to get some tension when folding and smoothing out large pieces of fabric.
You can see one of my grandmother's flat irons in the foreground. My mother told me she remembered her mother actually doing the family ironing with two of these. One would be warming up on the stove while she used the other. It is heavy!! People didn't need to go to the gym back in those days. Your daily activities were so much more strenuous.
I go to the selvedge on the other side to make sure that it also is 72" from the fold. I didn't have to adjust this time but often it is not and I will have to adjust and re-pin at this stage.
To do this perfectly, I pin the already cut panel to the remaining fabric to be sure the edges are matched up exactly.
Again I say, Joann's cutting policies are frustrating. I really hate it when the "even" off the fabric before they start cutting it and then throw the little strip of fabric in some bin that will be measured and worked into their inventory somehow ... CRAZY!
First, it must use up employee time that could be better spent elsewhere AND I might be able to use that little strip of fabric they just cur off and threw in a bin.
Oh well ...
My next job is to take apart the old curtains and cut them up. Read about that tomorrow.