Denim Edges Question


I have 5yds of a very nice, upholstery/jeans weight indigo denim that I'd
like to make tab-top curtain panels out of. I'm only planning on one 84"
long panel per window. I'd really like to leave the edges unfinished
(super-easy but I also like the slightly frayed look) but would like to know
if anyone has any warnings against doing so.
I'm planning to eventually slipcover my living room set in this denim with a
contrasting fabric. My thought is that I can live with the frayed look for
a while and then, if I choose to later, add the contrasting fabric from the
slipcover to the edges of the denim panels.
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Tee
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I don't see why not. How are you going to attach the tabs?
I made denim tab-top curtains with a contrasting fabric for my last living room. It was both very easy and slightly disappointing. While they looked very nice I found that the denim didn't "gather" like I wanted when I pulled the drapes back. They were bulkier than I expected. They were also virtually light-impermeable, which was great, and exactly what I wanted.
-Charlotte
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Charlotte
I haven't decided yet. I'm leaning towards attaching them on the outsides of the denim then sewing a button in place to make it look like they're buttoned. I haven't mastered button-holing and am not up for attempting it on a project that would require many button-holes on each of 4 panels :) I think I'm going to do the front edge of the tab in a V shape and I do plan to finish the edges on those, at least that's the plan.
I'm planning on a straight panel look when they're down, a panel that only just covers the opening without any gathering. Then to open I'd pull the panel off to one side and tuck into one of those iron tie-back arms. That would create some gathering but I hope its not so much that the weight of the fabric would produce a bulky look. I haven't actually held a piece up to the window yet to see if I really do want the flat panel look or if it would look better with at least a little gathering. I was afraid to do anything and get my hopes up if there was a strong chance that leaving the edges unfinished would present a problem.
Thanks for your input Charlotte.
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Tee
That's exactly what we did, flat panel with the wrought iron hold-backs and a wrought iron rod. One thing I did which helped was to iron in a crease so that the panels would fold up in the "gathered" position. They were still very bulky. The window was probably 100" wide (haven't lived there in 4 years) so we're talking serious denim! I had also fully lined them in the contrasting fabric, which came around to the front of each curtain on all sides. It was mostly poly, which I hoped would help keep the denim from fading. We moved out and I gave them to the girl whose sofa they matched, I don't know if she's kept them.
As I mentioned, they blocked a lot of light so they were back 98% of the time (closed only for the rare daytime tv-watching or house guest on the sofa bed...) You'll want to make sure you like the way they look open.
-Charlotte
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Charlotte
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I think I'd be inclined to run a line of zig-zag stitching in matching thread just in from the edge so that any natural fraying stays contained.
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She who would like to be obeye
G'day AJH
That's what I was going to suggest too......it will give a nice frayed-fringed look to the edges and be very casual. Should look nice though.
Many years ago I made a denim roller blind in son's bedroom, bedside table had a denim book-bag, bed had a denim skirt (not gathered) the furniture was painted red full gloss and I stitched all the denim items with red thread. Looked really smart.
Bronwyn ;-)
> In article , Tee of uttered > >> I'd really like to leave the edges unfinished (super-easy but I also >> like the slightly frayed look) but would like to know if anyone has >> any warnings against doing so. > > > I think I'd be inclined to run a line of zig-zag stitching in matching > thread just in from the edge so that any natural fraying stays contained.
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HC
Thank you to all who responded. I'm going to do the zigzag stitch about 1/2" from the edge for good measure.
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Tee

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