I would like to know how much fabric to purchase to make curtains for a six foot wide window. I would like the fabric to be gasthered nicely and not be spread out too thin.
Width; you need 1.5 to 3 times the width of your window depending on how full you want the curtains to be, and depending on the fabric. For example, if you want quite a flat looking voile cutain, then you'd use x 1.5. So, if your window measures 40" wide, you would need TWO curtains, each measuring 30" wide. For normal curtains, its best to use at least x2 othererwise it looks mean and skimpy. I think 2.5 is the best quantity -IE 2 curtains, measuring 40" each. For the length; measure from 1 inch above the top of the curtain pole to the floor (or window sill), then add at least 3" for the bottom hem and another 2" for the top edge. For floor length curtains, you should generally make the curtains half an inch longer than you want them. If you are using a fabric which shrinks during washing, you should wash the fabric before you sew it.
oops! just noticed the date! I suppose you've made them by now?