DIY No-Sew Curtains

So I must fulfill my promise and show you how darn easy it is to make curtains like these without sewing. For real, they are super simple.

curtains after

 

Items needed:

 - fabric

- one roll of Stitch Witchery (can be found at craft and fabric stores)

 - iron

 - ironing board

- small, thin, damp cotton cloth

 - curtain rod

 - drapery clip rings

1.) Measure your window. Remember curtains look best when they are hung high and wide - you can really create the illusion of a larger window by doing so. With that said, measure how high you want your curtains hung as well as the width of your window. Record your measurements and make sure you take them to the fabric store. That seems elementary I know, but I’ve showed up numerous times without my window dimensions and it’s a big letdown. So don’t follow in my footsteps and remember your measurements!

2.) Head to the nearest fabric store and shop away! If you live in Portland, my personal favorite stores are Bolt,  Whole 9 Yards and The Pine Needle.curtains at bolt fabric

3.) Choose your fabric wisely. Curtains really make a statement, so make sure the color and design are exactly what you want. I like to pull each bolt off the shelf and compare my favorites side-by-side before I make my final selection.

curtain options

4.) Purchase the correct amount of fabric (feel free to ask anyone who works at the store for help in terms of calculating yardage) and also one large roll of Stitch Witchery (this stuff is magical).

5.) This is perhaps the scariest part, especially if you’ve spent a pretty penny on nice fabric. Measure the window one last time and cut (yikes!) your fabric into two equal-sized panels. Even though I have done this numerous times, the cutting part still makes me nervous:). Remember you will be “hemming” both the top and the bottom part of the panel, so account for one inch on both ends.

6.) Fold over 1/2 inch of fabric and iron a small seam all the way around each side of the panel.

curtain fold over

7.)  Then, insert the stitch witchery inside the seam and press down with the iron for 10 seconds in one spot. Slowly move around the entire panel until the stitch witchery holds the seams together. l’d recommend placing a thin, damp cloth between the iron and the curtain panel, to ensure the fabric does not burn.

curtain panel and stitch witchery

8.) Hang the panel on the curtain rod using drapery clip rings (space about 4 inches apart) and TA DA! You have just made a no-sew curtain panel.

curtains after closeup

My favorite, favorite part about making curtain panels is that fabric options are limitless. No more boring beige. And did I mention DIY curtain panels are cheap, cheap, cheap?

46 thoughts on “DIY No-Sew Curtains

  1. Kara Said:

    THANK YOU!!!! I am so going to try this!!!!! You rock!

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    1. kirsten Said:

      Of course – let me know if you have any questions along the way! It’s tough to write a step-by-step tutorial once you’ve done something a number of times. Happy fabric shopping and curtain-creating…so fun!

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  2. Ashley Said:

    I can attest to this post. I enlisted Kir to give me a personal tutorial on how to make your own curtains. As someone who is far from crafty and creative, I was shocked at its simplicity (and CHEAP)! The curtains revamped the entire room. The best part is that they are unique and reflect my personal style. Thanks, Kir, for the valuable coaching and DIY guide!

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    1. kirsten Said:

      Awww, thanks Ash! It’s so true – new curtains can totally transform a room! And because you can hand-pick your fabric, you can easily infuse your personal style.

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  3. Janna Said:

    Hi Kristen,

    Do you mind sharing who makes this great yellow fabric? For my birthday I get to FINALLY finish our master bedroom. My husband rocks! The room has dark gunmetal gray walls, white ceiling, cream trim, chocolate distressed tufted leather slipchair platform bed, and splashes of this yellow…or, well, I mean-it WILL. :) Can you picture it? Dreamy smoky walls, cozy loungy bed and this yellow? ME too! I love the geometric lines of this fabric and I have been coveting it ever since I saw it on your guest post on Adventures in Renovating a Brooklyn Limestone. :)

    Thanks a bunch!
    Janna from Texas

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  4. Kandace Said:

    Hi, just found and love your site. May I ask where you got your blinds under the curtains. We have an old bungalow in Pasadena, CA and need something for my home office becuase the sun pounds in the afternoons. Where did you get them and do they keep the sun out or just filtered (because of the holes)? Thanks.

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    1. kirsten Said:

      Hi Kandace! Thanks so much for stopping by Restored Style – love it! After searching for a blind color that we were head over heels about, we finally landed on blinds from Target. They were really affordable and had the sizes we needed. Also, I think they do a great job of keeping the sun and light out. A little light does come through, but for the most part, it creates a light-free look when they are down. Thanks again for saying hello and I’d love to see pictures of your old bungalow:)!

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      1. Kandace Said:

        So funny, I was thinking Target might be the place. My blog is at: . I have the same sort of marketing background as you (I think) and need to get my blog onto it’s own site. I have it as private right now due to some “inspector” issues :D

        http://1916bungalowheaven.blogspot.com/ Let me know and I can add your email but I think I will be starting a new blog without all the construction.

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  5. Lindsay Said:

    OMG! I just commented on your PB knockoff necklace display post and then found this. What the flip!? This is AMAZING! Definitely another thing I will be trying (and linking back!) :) Thanks so much for the how-to.

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  7. Stevie Said:

    Thank you so much for the step-by-step tutorial on no-sew drapes. I was unaware of this method, and am so inspired by your drapes.

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  8. Ryann Said:

    This is one of the easiest tutorials I have ever seen! I love it and am so excited to make a few new sets of drapes for our house! Thanks so much!

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  9. Latoya @The Scotts Crib Said:

    This is by far the best straightforward tutorial out there. Thanks for making it easy for me, now I can go make me some curtains!

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  10. rebekah Said:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the fabric! can i ask how much you spent on the fabric? i really want to make my own curtains but i have done the math and feel like $90 is still expensive! am i doing something wrong? how many yards of fabric did you buy?

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    1. kirsten Said:

      I spent about $14 a yard on the fabric. I believe I bought 7 yards of fabric, just to be safe, so I spent around $100 too. Curtain panels aren’t super cheap – but I think they really add pop to a room!

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  11. Jackie Said:

    What a great idea! The curtain fabric looks gorgeous against the dark blinds and decorations!!

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  12. Laura Said:

    Thanks for the great tutorial! i love the idea and simplicity of the entire project!! Could you possibly tell us where you got the material, what store? and the name of the fabric or at least who designed it :)

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  13. Krista Said:

    In one direction you said to account for an inch, for hemming the top and bottom of the panel. Then the next step says to hem all the way around.. So did you “hem” only the top and bottom of the panel, or all 4 sides?

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    1. kirsten Said:

      Hi Krista! Sorry for any confusion – you hem all four sides. Hope that helps!

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  14. michelle Said:

    What is the name of the fabric you used? I love it!!!!

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  15. Kim Said:

    If you were to line the back of the panels, how would you have done that?

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  16. Inspire Me Heather Said:

    Your curtains turned out lovely, great tutorial too – thanks! I’ve got this linked to my no-sew curtains post as well today, nice job!

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  17. Katy Said:

    Love these! Do you have any idea how I could line them to make “blackout” curtains for a bedroom?

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  18. LaShonda Said:

    I love this idea! If I wanted no-sew blackout curtains, how would I do that? I envisioned following your steps to hem the fabric and doing the same with the blackout fabric and MAYBE using the magic tape to fuse both sides together???? Not sure if this would work though…Would love to have your input on this

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  19. mia Said:

    Thank you so much…..you are inspiring many.

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  20. Wendy Said:

    Are you folding over 1/2 inch on the sides and the top and bottom hem? Or is top and bottom hem abit more? Thank you!!

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    1. kirsten Said:

      Hi Wendy! In just did 1/2 inch – happy sewing!

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  21. Jada Said:

    Thanks for this post! I am going to attempt this tomorrow!

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  22. Megan Richard Said:

    Thank you so much!!! I used your directions to make a shower curtain and it turned out so adorable!!!

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  23. Sheena Said:

    Hey Kirsten! These curtains are awesome, and I am thoroughly obsessed with finding that fabric! Is it still available on Fabric.com? I am having a hard time finding it. Thanks! :)

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  26. Megan Said:

    I am SO excited to try this! Thank you for posting! Where do you buy the curtain rings?

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  28. Ruth Norrell Said:

    I really like the material on the window (yellow/white) can you tell me how to get it. Thank you

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  29. Andree Said:

    At last, simple curtains for those of us who want something nice and easy that looks good.

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  30. jason Said:

    how hard would it be to put a solid behind it so that know light can come thru? i want to do this for my wife. it looks awesome!

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  31. Jasmine Said:

    thanks for the great tips. Sounds really simple. Great looking curtain by the way..=)

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  32. Heather Said:

    Do you cut holes for the curtain rings? I’ve never done anything like this so I’m lost on that part

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    1. Heather Said:

      Haha. Never mind. I see they clip! I’m blonde!

      Reply
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  34. Nathan Said:

    I could try these to bring life to my windows. This is something a guy can actually do with a li’l help from the girlfriend. lol

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