How to make your own curtains

Want to add a personal touch to your home decorating? Discover how to make your own curtains, as well as helpful tricks to try and common mistakes to avoid when making DIY curtains.


How to make your own curtains

Key Steps

  • Decide which type of curtain you'll make from unlined to fully lined DIY curtains.
  • Measure the length and width of your window accurately, adding 8 inches to the width to cover folds when hanging.
  • Choose fabric to match your décor.
  • Make sure you have everything you need ready before starting.

If you have curtains in the right fabric and colour, you will find that you can bring together the décor of a room beautifully; after all, they are the perfect finishing touch to any room. Choosing the right curtains can be hard, so if you have the ideal fabric for your curtains, there’s no reason why you shouldn't try making curtains yourself! Read on to discover top tips on how to make your own curtains, as well as helpful tricks to try and common mistakes to avoid when making DIY curtains.

When making curtains and selecting the fabric width, add an additional 8 inches to the width of your window for folds made when hanging up your DIY curtains.

What do you need to make your own curtains?

When it comes to making curtains, there are a few key items you will need to make sure you have prepared before you start. These are:

  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Stitch un-picker
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread suitable to match your chosen fabric
  • Curtain tape, also known as header tape or ruflette (this is used to attach curtains to your rail, curtain track or rod)
  • Your chosen fabric
  • Fabric for the lining if you have decided to make lined curtains

Key steps for how to make your own curtains

Now you know what you need and have chosen your material, this simple guide will show you how to make your own curtains to fit your home.

To cut the curtain panels

  1. Measure your window.
  2. Add around 3 inches to the length and 8 inches to the width to cater for folds when hanging and hems when sewing.
  3. Ensure your panels are cut with straight lines.

For the hem

  1.  A double hem is best to prevent potential fraying edges being visible.
  2. Fold the edge of the panel, then fold again to give you the double hem.
  3. Use an iron to make sure the edges are neat and straight.
  4. Pin in place.
  5. Sew along the top of the fold to hold the hem in place.
  6. Create a hem for the bottom and sides as required but leave the top without a hem.

For the heading tape

Pull the cords loose and tie them with a knot to stop them from retracting or getting in the way when sewing.

  1. Place the curtain tape flat on the top of the curtain.
  2.  Allow around 1-inch curtain material to overlap the top of the tape.
  3. Cut the tape around an inch longer than the width of your fabric.
  4. To create a neat edge, fold half an inch of the end of the curtain tape in at each end.
  5. Pin the curtain tape to your material.
  6. Fold the curtain material down under your curtain tape leaving a ½ inch clearance.
  7. Sew the curtain tape along the top and bottom of the tape, creating two seams.
  8. Many curtain tapes come with a sew line, which will help you get a straight seam.
  9. Repeat on the second curtain panel.

Now you have all the advice and top curtain sewing ideas for home décor finishing touches. With this easy to follow guide, you can be sure to make your own curtains perfect for any room, and avoid common mistakes made when creating DIY curtains. Be sure to check out our guide on how to clean curtains to make sure you give your new creations the care they deserve!

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