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greta_cloutier | Posted in Fabric and Trim on

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I’m new to sewing and I want to make a curtain/wall hanging type thing to cover a window that has a lousy view. I wanted to sew overlapping squares of some type of translucent material together to create a hanging that would still allow light into the room. My problem is I don’t know what type of fabric I can use. Something that doesn’t require hemming would be best… but the only translucent substance I can think of that doesn’t require hemming is interfacing type stuff. Is there anything that can be bonded to regular fabric to prevent it from raveling? Also, when you make something that isn’t washable, how would you clean it? just dust it?

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  1. karen_morris_ | | #1

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    greta, why wouldn't a curtain be washable? one way you could do this is by making the most of the ravels: you could tear fabric into squares, press, overlap them, and topstitch, so the torn edges become part of the design. various shades of white and cream would be nice, and would admit a lot of light. you could use something like china silk (not too expensive, and available in many colors), or a lightweight cotton. i'm not sure if this is what you have in mind, but hopefully it'll get you started....

    1. silkscape_ | | #2

      *You could lap the seams, stitching with a straight stitch. Then use a medium dense zigzag over that. For example. lap the seams 3/4", straight stitch down the center, then zig zag over that. then closely trim away the excess fabric that sticks out from the zigzagging. It would give an almost window pane look, especially if the panels are quite sheer, like organza. I like your idea, of putting the squares together. Interesting. I think it might be neat to use different types of material, different textures and translucencies (better run the spell check on that one) Good luck.

      1. sanderson | | #3

        *A while ago threads had an article on making a window pane effect. Karen, can you help? I'll try to find the back issue and post it.

        1. karen_morris_ | | #4

          *hmmm. it doesn't come instantly to mind (but then i have chunks of 100 issues in my mind, these days). if i think of it, i'll find and post it.can you give me any other details--maybe the author or the garment or colors--that'll jog my lagging memory? did it use sheers?

          1. karen_morris_ | | #5

            *dawn, i think that's a word (translucencies). if not, it should be.nice idea.

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