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We sew a hard lambrequin with our own hands
Lambrequin is a special product made of fabric, which is fixed over the openings of doors or windows and thereby completely or partially covers the curtain rod. A hard lambrequin or bando is gradually replacing its soft brother and takes its place of honor in the interior of the room, adding a touch of elegance and grace to it.
It would be a mistake to think that hard lambrequins or bandos appeared relatively recently. Our ancestors used them to decorate small windows several centuries ago, with the goal of visually making them wider. Today they are again popular, especially with owners of apartments with low ceilings.
Such a rigid structure visually increases the space in the room, expands its boundaries in height and, of course, serves as an interior decor. Modern materials and fabrics make it possible to create a piece of incredible beauty in a variety of styles.
You can draw inspiration from touching sentimentality or timeless classics, and use cartoon drawings to decorate your children's room.
Lambrequin on the bando has an adhesive base, which takes on the role of its frame. Bando often has another name - shabrak . The manufacturer gave it to this design.
In the old days, a hard lambrequin was sewn with your own hands from non-woven fabric, padding polyester, foam rubber or dublerin. Today, in the age of new technologies and modern materials, the process of its manufacture has been greatly simplified thanks to the use of a special self-adhesive thermoband.
It can have different densities, and the hot melt mixture is applied on one or both sides of the material. The self-adhesive sheet is treated with adhesive solution on one side, and equipped with a protective film on the other.
Often one of the sides is covered with foam or pile, which provide better grip on the Velcro strip. In order to independently make an exclusive and elegant decorative piece for curtains, you will need a pattern and specially designed material. By choosing the color and pattern in accordance with the theme of the room, you can make the atmosphere in the room more complete and stylish.
What else do you need to know before manufacturing?
- lambrequin-bandeau is mounted on a rigid base. Plywood is the ideal material. For a three-dimensional effect, use a synthetic winterizer or cotton wool;
- construction can have a wide variety of curves and dimensions. The front side is often made in the form of an arch or repeats the lines of the window opening;
- The material for finishing can be a variety of accessories for curtains: tassels, fringes, decorative cords. You can also decorate the product with applique;
- by varying the texture of the fabric, you can achieve emulti-tiered effect.
Experts advise to always take into account the style of the room and its color when choosing a gang. Numerous waves and curves can eat a small print design, and this must be borne in mind. Consider a large print or vertical material.
At first, it seemed simply unrealistic, because a common man in the street did not yet know all the intricacies of manufacturing and did not have the opportunity to purchase special improvised means. Today, this product, worthy of the hands of a talented artist or decorator, may well be allowed to be made by yourself.
How to sew a rigid lambrequin with your own hands based on a pattern:
- is the pattern you need in the first place. Draw on paper at a natural scale how you want your pelmet to look. Then the pattern of a rigid lambrequin must be transferred to the hot-melt material and cut without taking into account the seam allowances;
- attach the cut shape with the glue side down on the main fabric of the lambrequin, making an indent in the upper part by 2 cm. Now you need to warm up the iron and start gluing, moving from the center to the edges. Do not forget about the seam allowances on the remaining three sides. Their length must be at least 1.5 cm;
- so that the fabric does not move with the formation of folds, it is recommended to secure it on the base with pins or needles. After gluing the front side, turn the workpiece over and iron the opposite surface so that the glue sets better;
- it is better if the lining for a rigid lambrequin for the kitchen or any other room is made of the same material as the main part. Or it should resemble it in texture and color. Further, without cutting the fabric, you should bend it with the front side to the glued fragment so that the fold of the material lags behind the bottom of the product by 5 mm;
- to fasten a rigid lambrequin made of two fabrics with pins. It is good if the connection of two layers will pass exactly along the line of allowances: this will allow not to spoil the glue surface;
- neatly sew the resulting double sheet along the periphery and bottom edge. The line should be 3 mm away from the adhesive. The top side is not stitched;
- all unnecessary fabric is cut with a 5-10mm allowance. In places of numerous bends, it is necessary to make notches, taking care not to damage the stitches. The corners are also carefully trimmed;
- now the product needs to be turned out over the unstitched side, ironed, rolling the line on a typewriter to the wrong side. All finishing lines are laid on the front side. The seam allowances remaining at the top of the product are folded inward and ironed;
That's it, the bando is ready! You can make a hard lambrequin with a beautiful applique, gluing flowers, various patterns and original curls to the base - this is how your imagination tells you. To hang a lambrequin on the windows and thus decorate the interior design, it is necessary to stitch a strip of Velcro to the inside of it with the soft side. It will help attach the bando to the cornice.
With your own hands, you can sew a gang from both two fabrics and one, work with and without an adhesive base. In the latter case, you only need a pattern, frame and appliques. Even the most common design can be decorated with decorative elements and get a product worthy of the best houses in London and Paris.
Decorate kitchens, bedrooms and other rooms with it, look for inspiration in magazines and the Internet and don't be afraid to try it - we are sure you will succeed!