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.

August 6, 2019

How to make your own curtains
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Key steps

Before you get started with your DIY curtains:

  1. Decide which type of curtain you want – including the colour and fabric.
  2. Measure the length and width of your window. Add 20cm to the width and 7.5cm to the length.
  3. Make sure you have everything you need ready and close by.

Curtains are the perfect finishing touch but finding the right ones for your home can be difficult – not to mention expensive. From struggling to find a pattern that suits your style to having measurements that aren’t a standard size, it’s not always a simple task so why not make your own? Follow our guide on how to make curtains, step by step, and try our inspiration tips to match different styles to different rooms.

After you’ve made your DIY curtains, keep them looking their best by washing with a gentle detergent like Skip.    

Curtain design ideas for every room

Choosing curtains is often an overlooked decision when it comes to home decoration but it can really make or break a space. Before you get started making your own DIY curtains, find inspiration to create the perfect pair with these style ideas:

  • Light and sheer: when looking for living room curtain ideas consider the amount of sunlight your room gets. If a room gets a lot of light, it’s best to avoid bright colour curtains. If it doesn’t get much light then a neutral palette and airy texture is ideal.
  • Technicolour geometrics: for an Art Deco feel, fun and geometric curtains with pops of colour fit perfectly in a clean and white space. This is one of our favourite kitchen curtain ideas!
  • Total darkness: when it comes to bedroom curtain ideas, darker colours and heavy fabrics – such as thick cotton, starchy linens and rich velvets – will keep the light at bay.
  • Blending monochromatic: curtains in a monochromatic colour that perfectly match the décor of a room add a balanced and sophisticated feel. This style is also great to separate a room into two.

How to make simple curtains

Learning how to make your own curtains is far easier than you might think.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Stitch un-picker
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread suitable to match your chosen fabric
  • Curtain tape (header tape or ruflette)
  • Your chosen fabric
  • Fabric for the lining if you have decided to make lined curtains

The steps:

  1. First, measure your window. Add around 7.5cm to the length and 20cm to the width to cater for the folds when hanging and hems when sewing.
  2. Cut the curtain panels. Make sure to have straight lines.
  3. Fold the edge of the panel twice. A double hem is best to prevent potential fraying edges being visible.
  4. Pin in place. Use an iron to make sure the edges are neat and straight.
  5. Sew along the top of the fold. Create a hem for the bottom and sides but leave the top without.
  6. Place the curtain tape flat on top of the curtain. Allow around 2.5cm curtain material to overlap with the top of the tape.
  7. Cut the tape around 2.5cm longer than the width of your fabric. To create a neat edge, fold 1cm of the end of the curtain tape at each end.
  8. Pin the curtain tape to your material. Fold the curtain material down under the curtain tape – leaving a 1cm clearance.
  9. Sew the curtain tape along the top and bottom. Create two seams.
  10. Repeat the same process on the second curtain panel. Hang your curtains!

Unless you want to line yours, the instructions for how to make kitchen curtains, bedroom curtains, or living room curtains is exactly the same.