New curtains are an instant way to completely change the look of a room. Unfortunately, they can be quite expensive! You can save some money and get a completely custom look by making your own curtains, even if you don’t know how to sew. These no-sew curtains likely won’t hold up as long as sewn curtains or store-bought ones, but they are quick and easy enough for anyone to make!
First you will need to find a fabric that compliments your decor. If you don’t have a photographic memory to assure you that the colors will match, it’s not a bad idea to take paint chips or a sample of dried paint from you room with you to the fabric store. Then you know for sure the colors will be perfect!
Before you go out an purchase your fabric, you should figure out how much fabric you need. Measure the width of your window and multiply this number by two, and add 5 inches to the width to allow for hemming the edges. This will be the width of your curtains. (Making them twice as wide as the window will allow them to hang nicely – making them too narrow will result in curtains that look too small!
Next figure out how tall your curtains will be. If you are working from existing rods, measure from the top of the rod to where you would like the bottom of the curtain to fall. Add 8 inches to this height to allow for a hem at the bottom and a pocket for the rod at the top.
If you don’t have existing rods or are using new ones, figure out where you are going to place them. Rods should be hung so that the curtain extends a few inches on either side of the window, and should be hung several inches above the level of the windows. You can easily add drama to a room and create the illusion of larger windows by hanging your curtain higher up and extending them even farther beyond the side edges of the windows!
When you are at the fabric store, you will also need to pick up some fusible webbing. This thin strip of material will melt when ironed, fusing together two pieces of fabric without having to sew! Make sure you purchase enough fusible webbing to go around all of the edges of each curtain twice. If you can’t find it, ask a store employee; they should know exactly what you are talking about!
Once you have measured for and purchased your fabric and fusible webbing, it is time to get to work. Cut each panel so that it is the dimensions you measured previously, including the allowances for the hems and rod pocket.
Starting with the side edges, fold over about 1 inch of fabric to make a hem. Pin the edge into place so that it is straight all the way down and iron the edge to make a crease. Unpin and place a strip of fusible webbing between the two layers of fabric; pin back into place and iron again. This will fuse the two layers together. Repeat this step on both sides, then on the top and bottom of your panel.
Now repeat this step again on the sides of the panel, this time folding over about 1 1/2 inches. This will give your edges a finished look and hide the raw edges of the fabric.
Next, figure out which end is the top and which is the bottom of your curtain. (Some fabrics it will matter, some it won’t.) On the bottom, fold over 1 1/2 inches as you did on the sides and fuse into place with your iron.
At the top, you will need to make a pocket. Fold about 5 inches of the top edge back and pin into place, pressing as before. Run a strip of fusible webbing along the very edge of the section you folded over, pinning into place as you go. Iron this section down and it will create a pocket across the top edge of your panel, allowing for your curtain rod to be inserted.
Now all you need to do is hang them! These simple curtains are a great, inexpensive way to dress up a room. Try making them for every room in your house!