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How to Make Custom Curtains Without Sewing

Learn how to make beautiful custom curtains without sewing with an easy tutorial including step by step instructions and video.

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I fight with my sewing machine every time I use it. It usually wins. Which is why I love to use no-sew options for projects. I’m going to show you how easy it is to create custom window treatments and hem curtains without sewing and a way to create a beautiful pinch and pleat look without the hassle. I’ll be using Smith Honig’s beautiful line of upholstery weight fabric.

How to Make Curtains without Sewing

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How to Make Curtains without Sewing

Welcome to the One Room Challenge: Week 4 update! I’m making over our master bedroom with ensuite bathroom in 8 weeks along with many other feature designers and guest participants. 

Here’s the complete list of posts for this challenge:

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One Room Challenge Bedroom Progress

Materials needed for custom curtains:

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Watch the full tutorial!

How to Make No-Sew Custom Curtains

  • Measure your window length and width. Window treatments look best hung close to the ceiling and down to the floor. Allow for extra width to make curtains look fuller and windows wider. You may be able to use the width of the fabric to save you cuts.
  • Add 2 inches to the length and width for hem allowance.
  • Layout fabric upside down, measure, and mark with a pencil. Fold up the bottom edge of the fabric to the marks and secure with straight pins. Cut across using the folded edge as a guide.
  • Lay your fabric cut over the remaining fabric and pull up the cut piece until the pattern lines up with the piece underneath. You want two identical pieces! Use straight pins to keep the patterns in place and cut your second piece. Do the same thing at the bottom with the excess fabric.

How to hem curtains without sewing:

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Fold and pin fabric.
  1. Start with one edge of your fabric and fold over 1/4″ to 1/2″ and iron to make a crease.
  2. Fold over one more time with the fusible tape between the folded hem pieces. Hold in place with straight pins.
  3. Iron the hem.
  4. Flip over the fabric and iron the other side to ensure the fusible tape has completely fused.
  5. You can also gently pull the hem open to check that the tape as melted. If not iron again.
  6. Keep the straight pins in place until the fabric as cooled and them remove. Repeat on all sides of the curtain panels.
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Iron Hem Crease

Add embellishment to your curtain panels with trim and a faux pinch and pleat:

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Fold trim over edge of curtain.
  • Add trim by cutting a piece of decorative ribbon or fringe the hemmed length of the curtain plus two inches. Hot glue the trim wrapped around the top edge of your curtain panel one inch down on the backside. This will give nice detail and prevent fraying or unraveling. Flip the curtain over and glue down the trim all the way down the curtain. You can hold in place with straight pins and work a small section at a time to make it easier.
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Hot glue in place.
  • Create a pinch and pleat with curtain clips by folding in two small folds of fabric at the top edge and hold together with a clip. Repeat until you have all curtain rings on it and hang!
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Hang on curtain clips with folds to create a pinch and pleat look.

Clip a sheer curtain behind your curtain panel to make it thicker.

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DIY Custom No-Sew Curtains

I will be using the same fabric with different trim for a DIY Bedskirt and am thinking about a fabric wrapped cornice box for the mural wall window.

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One Room Challenge

Isn’t the Shibori Hyacinth print beautiful with the green trim and the rest of the colors in the room?

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Wide View of Bedroom
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Hem Curtains without Sewing

Time to tackle the rest of the to-do list for the One Room Challenge! A huge thanks to all of the sponsors that are helping me create a beautiful bedroom and bathroom.


Bathroom to-do list:

  1. Update light fixture-minimum remove shades and put in decorative bulbs, maybe turn the fixture around.
  2. Build a floating wood frame for art.
  3. Remove old backsplash, repair, and paint.
  4. Put in ceiling tin as the backsplash.
  5. Replace faucet with modern black faucet.
  6. Paint the toilet handle black.
  7. Build and install a window cornice box.
  8. Remove shower door, repair, and fill holes.
  9. Sew custom shower curtain and hang.
  10. Add a new bath mat and tassel.

Bedroom to-do list:

  1. Swap dressers and remove bookcase for a bigger space.
  2. Replace ceiling fan (and two additional bedroom fans).
  3. Repair and paint the walls and molding white.
  4. Takedown bed and use the frame with attached DIY legs for a new bed.
  5. Build and install a new upholstered headboard with green velvet fabric.
  6. Sew and hang curtain panels.
  7. Build and install a window cornice box.
  8. Sew a bed skirt.
  9. Add new bedding.
  10. Install gallery wall around tv.
  11. Hang statement piece above the tall chest and replace pulls.
  12. Style the room.


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