How to Make Inexpensive No Sew Curtains
Inexpensive curtains are the result of careful planning, product knowledge and persistent fabric bargain-hunting. Bed sheets, for example, offer excellent fabric yardage value when purchased on deep discount sale. A savvy homeowner, equipped with some instructions and a few household tools, can make no-sew curtains that complement any decor.
Measure the circumference of the curtain rod. Add 1 inch to this measurement, divide the result in half and record this measurement as the pocket depth.
Measure the area the curtains must cover for the finished width and length. Measure the width as the distance from left to right and the length as the measurement from the top edge to the bottom.
Calculate the measurements and cut the fabric to the required sizes. The fabric cut length is equal to the finished length plus 3 1/2 inches for the bottom hem, plus the pocket depth, plus 1/2 inch for the top seam allowance. Multiply the finished width of the curtain by 2 for fullness and add 3 inches for side hems. For example, if the finished curtain must be 45 inches wide and 60 inches long and the pocket depth is 2, the cut fabric measurements are 93 inches wide and 65 1/2 inches long. For example, 45 times 2 equals 90 plus 3 equals 93; 60 plus 3 1/2, plus 2, plus 1/2 equals 66.
Join widths of fabric together using fusible webbing. Lay one piece of fabric on the table, right side up, one length edge toward you. Place a piece of paper-backed adhesive, web side down, along the length edge. Adhere the webbing following the manufacturer’s instructions. Remove the paper backing. Place the second piece of fabric, right side down on top of the first, aligning the length edges. Iron the length edge, fusing the two pieces.
Fold the bottom edge toward the wrong side, creating a 1/2-inch seam allowance and press the fold. Fold again 3 inches and press this bottom hem fold. Open the hem fold. Adhere the webbing to the right side of the 1/2-inch seam allowance. Remove the paper, fold the bottom hem back into place and fuse.
Turn each outside edge under 1/2 inch and press. Turn again 1 inch, creating the side hem fold, and press. Open the side hem fold and adhere the webbing to the 1/2-inch seam allowance. Remove the paper backing, reposition the side hem fold and fuse the hem in place.
Turn the top edge seam allowance over 1/2 inch and press. Turn, again, the amount equal to the pocket depth and press this pocket fold. Open the pocket fold and adhere the webbing to the 1/2-inch seam allowance. Remove the paper backing, reposition the pocket fold and fuse the hem in place.
Thread the curtain onto the rod to complete the project.
Things You Will Need
- Curtain rod
- Measuring tape
- Paper-backed fusible webbing
- A twin flat sheet is equivalent to about 2 1/2 yards of 60-inch fabric. Trim off the hems, taking care to ensure that the sheet is square and straight before using it to make curtains.
- Check flea markets, garage sales and thrift shops for lengths of fabric or curtains that can be repurposed.
- Premade drapery panels, when on sale, often offer excellent fabric yardage at less than per yard prices.
- Rather than thread the rod through the pocket, use clip-on rings to attach the curtain.
- Not all sheets are exactly the size listed on the label. Open the sheet and measure it to be sure.
- Take care when applying heat to the webbing; it's difficult to remove from an iron soleplate.