No Thanks
Let
Keep In Touch With MarthaStewart.com

Sign up and we'll send inspiration straight to you.

Martha Stewart takes your privacy seriously. To learn more, please read our Privacy Policy.

Project

Smocked Curtain How-To

Introduction

Tip: Use the gingham’s pattern as your grid.

Resources: Linen fabric, in Off-White/Oatmeal; graylinelinen.com.

Materials

  • 1/2-inch-check gingham linen
  • Embroidery floss
  • 2-inch strip of white cotton, cut to the width of the curtain
  • Sewing machine and sewing supplies
  • Smocking diagram

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Press gingham, and hem all around with a 1/2-inch seam.

  2. Step 2

    Download the smocking diagram. Smock the first 2 rows: Starting on the wrong side of the fabric, stitch up through the fabric at spot 1. With the needle and embroidery floss, make a small stitch (catch just the corner) of spot 2. Stitch back through spot 1 to make the fabric pucker, then back through spot 2, and then slide the needle through the loop of thread to make a small knot on the right side of the fabric. Push needle through to wrong side.

  3. Step 3

    Push needle through spot 3, and repeat process with spots 3 and 4.

  4. Step 4

    Push needle through spot 5, and repeat with spots 5 and 6.

  5. Step 5

    Continuing in this fashion, smock the uppermost 2 rows across. When you reach the right-hand edge of the fabric, knot the thread, and cut.

  6. Step 6

    gingham-smocking-1011mld107558.jpg

    Starting back on the left-hand edge, repeat process from left to right, until the top 5 inches of the curtain have been smocked.

  7. Step 7

    Press the long edges of the white fabric under by 1/4-inch. Machine-stitch to the upper edge of the wrong side of the curtain to create a channel for the curtain rod.

Reviews (1)

  • hdb80 17 Sep, 2011

    I love this! I can't wait to make this for my own home.