Delicate Screen Sewing Project

From Linen and Lace by Chantal Sabatier

Measurements: 1.20 x 1.60m
You will need:

  • Scraps of natural fabric in shades of white and beige, in different weaves, a minimum of 26cm wide and in various lengths: lightweight linen fabrics; linen gauze; lightweight cotton fabrics; voiles; cheesecloth; embroidered linen or cotton (recycled from old linen or made yourself); broderie anglaise; lace fabric; Floral patchwork fabrics
  •  Lace motifs
  •  Scraps of lace trim
  • 14.60m of white cotton twill tape, 2cm wide
  •  1.25m of white linen trim, 2cm wide
  •  Spray starch


  1. This screen is pieced together from five vertical strips of patchworked fabric and lace in various lengths. All the pieces are 26cm wide to form the 24cm wide strips that make up the finished screen.
  2. Cut the pieces carefully. Some may be made from fabric and lace already joined together. Starch the cotton fabric (spray starch is not recommended for use on linen, unless you are used to it).
  3. Sew the lace trimming horizontally or vertically on different pieces.


  1. Pin the motif to the right side of the fabric. Attach by hand by sewing around the edge using a backstitch.
  2. Using a pair of pointed scissors, remove the fabric at the back of the motif, as close to the sewing as possible (leave an allowance of around 3mm), taking care to lift it up to avoid cutting the lace.


  1. Join the pieces together one above the other, right sides together, alternating the fabrics and shades, to form five strips. Each strip ends at the bottom with a lace border (if not, leave an allowance to make a small hem once the strip is finished), and at the top with a piece of fabric without embroidery at least 6cm deep.
  2. Carefully oversew the edges of the seam allowances: try as much as possible to prevent any imperfections from being seen through.
  3. Carefully press the strips. Make sure that they are all the same width and that the edges are straight. Join them together, 1cm from the edges, wrong sides together (the seams are deliberately placed on the right side). Check that the seam allowances are even, then press them, laying them all in the same direction.
  4. Pin cotton twill tape over each seam, ensuring that you cover the allowances, tucking it under itself at the bottom edge.
  5. Sew along each edge of tape with a fairly long stitch (at least 2.5mm). These seams should be very flat and neat.
  6. For each of the side edges, fold the cotton tape in half along its length, press the fold, fold the bottom end of tape under, then sew the tape to the side edge of the screen.
  7. At the top of the screen, fold down and then sew a 1.5cm hem on the wrong side. Cut six 60cm lengths of cotton tape.
  8. Foldthem in half to make ties. Pin the ties to the hem at the top of each vertical seam or hem.
  9. On the right side, hemstitch the linen trim to the upper edge so that it overlaps the screen a little; fold the ends to achieve a nice finish.
  10. Press the screen.
  11. Tie the ties to the desired pole.


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