Did you think I’d forgotten about the tutorial for the rod pocket panels I introduced in January?
I had no intention of waiting so long to share the instructions for making the panels I described in this Romantic Room with Rod Pocket Panels post.
If you had told me in a comment on the initial post that you were anxiously waiting for the instructions, I would have done it. Immediately.
I do understand, though, that not everyone has an immediate need for a specific tutorial. I try to make various projects along the way so you can see ideas…and eventually you might need that tutorial post. So…onward.
Of course, with all panels, you start with the bottom hem and the side hems. These panels are lined, so follow this tutorial for lined panels.
For a rod pocket, you don’t need the usual double 4-inch fold-over. You only need enough to go around the other side of your rod plus a half an inch to turn under. I added 3 inches to my finished height measurement.
Fold the header at the finished height measurement (see pin below) and press. Also, press the edge under 1/2 inch. But, don’t stitch it down yet. We need to add the gathered flounce first.
Cut two widths of fabric (or more, if desired) at 20 inches and stitch the ends together. Repeat for the second panel. (I had an extra short piece from my scraps, so I added the extra for more fullness.)
Fold each strip, outside in, length-wise and stitch one end and along the long side, except leave a short section un-stitched for turning.
Turn right side out and press.
Turn the opening edges to the inside at 1/2 inch and press. Top stitch that short section to seal the opening.
Run a wide zig-zag stitch over dental floss beside the seamed edge that you turned and pressed.
Flatten out the panel header that you pressed under in the sixth picture above. Run a pin line 1/2 inch beyond the finished length measurement. That is, pin 1/2 inch from your pressed fold line on the side closer to the edge. (The pressed fold line in my shiny fabric barely shows in this picture.)
That pin line is where you want to attach your flounce. Gather and pin the flounce at that point. Run it all the way to the panel edges that were finished with side hems.
After stitching the gathered flounce to the header, fold the rod pocket portion over at your original pressed line (at the finished length fold) and pin in place along the turned edge.
Stitch in place.
Slide your rod through the pocket, hang and enjoy!
How long has it been since you hung rod-pocket curtains in your home? It’s been forever for me!