Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Easy No Sew Curtains

These are the easiest window treatments in the history of window treatments to make. Well, now that I think about it, the blanket that I thumb tacked over my window in my first apartment was easier.  But only slightly.

Let me rephrase.

This is the easiest window treatment that actually looks like a window treamtment in the history of window treatments.

If you're like me, and you're petrified of any sewing project, and you haven't been introduced to hem tape - I would like to formally introduce you to one of my new best friends:

I was even a little timid of this stuff at first.  This was my first DIY involving any fabric - but it needed to be done. 

Pardon me, I didn't take pictures along the way, but this is so easy you don't need them!

All I used for this project was:
5 yards (total) of fabric
1 Package of hem tape
2 packages of grommets (1 per panel)

Step 1 - cut your fabric into 90 inch panels (or however long you want yours to be, I like mine to pool a bit at the bottom)

Step 2 - use your hem tape to hem the bottom of the panel

Step 3 - use your hem tape to hem to hem the top, leaving enough room for the grommets


Step 4 - Using the template that comes in your package of grommets, draw the circles that you will cut out.

Step 5 - These grommets just snap together, and your circles that you cut out don't have to be perfect for these to work.  I was the most worried about that part, but the grommets are very forgiving.  Just snap them together on either side of your fabric.

Step 6 - Hang them up and enjoy!

I would eventually like to put a sheer of some kind to cover the entire door area, but our backyard is private enough that no one can see in.  So instead of putting a huge long bar all the way across, I just got two small curtain rods to hang each panel on on either side of the door.  I got these on sale at Hobby Lobby for $7.99 each!  Way cheaper than getting a HUGE LONG curtain rod that wouldn't serve any purpose.

P.S.  I moved my couch for this picture because my brown microfiber couch looks PURPLE when being photographed.  I don't understand it. 


  1. I feel very motivated to make curtains now! That is my kind of sewing! LOL!

  2. amazing how easy these look! thanks sooo much for sharing this!

  3. So I just discovered your blog today and I am in love! I really enjoyed looking at all your crafts, home improvement projects and tutorials etc. Those curtains look great. I may have to try this. Thanks for sharing!

  4. this may be the perfect kick in the butt I need to get some curtains up at my place. thanks for some inspiration :)

  5. Wow, pinch me I'm in shock! Very cool! I've gotta try this one! Thanks for sharing your skills with us!

  6. Wow! that's great! Heat bond has changed my life :)

  7. These are fantastic (for us that don't sew). I was wanting to do these curtains in my family area... but I am quite afraid that my twins will DESTROY them. Maybe I will do some valence type thing (although that style isn't what i am going for)... Thanks for sharing! Your blog rocks!

  8. Sooo pretty! Where did you find that fab??? It is perfect for my dinning room!!

  9. I have found my custon shower curtains. Thank you!

  10. I love your blog! So many great ideas! I need to come up with some sort of curtains for our living room and I love the look of these. Thank you so much for the idea!

  11. Awesome Curtains! I am so excited that you introduced me to Hem Tape!!! I am off to the store to pick up my materials and I will try this out. Can you tell me where you got your fabric? I love it!!!

  12. Hello there! It would be nice to design own window treatments, Love it... being simplicity makes your design professional.

  13. you are my new best friend!!! i hate to say i have a sewing machine sitting in the box, brand new, but no idea how to work it. i'm making these this weekend!! THANK YOU!

  14. Hi,, Does anybody here from Canada? I would like to try these beautiful curtains but i have no idea where to find the grommets.. Anyone knows where i can get them? I love all your ideas!! I added you on my favorites! YAY! You are very artistic and creative!!

  15. hey, thanks for this!

  16. Since I am not really into sewing, I think this is what I am supposed to buy. Great invention!

  17. Fabulous ideas here! Thank you! Just wanted to add that we needed long (10') curtain rods and wanted them to have a heavier (more expensive) size, but really couldn't find what we needed, let alone afford it. I used a wooden closet rod instead and bought finials at Penney's -- just stained the rod with Minwax to match the ends. Much cheaper, nice and heavy looking, and holding up just great after 10 years!

  18. Where did you get your big grommets? I've been looking for those! Seriously, I've looked everywhere I know to look!

    I've been wanting to make these exact curtains. I actually think it's easier to sew them though b/c I don't like to iron. I just turn the fabric under and send it through the machine. super easy!

  19. I mentioned your curtains as inspiration for my stenciled ones. Here's the link, if you're interested!

    Thanks for sharing!

  20. Ah, this is exactly what I was looking for. I am not a sewer and I have weird sized windows. This will be perfect! Thanks!

  21. Great ideas! when I was young back in the early 70's and had no money, I would often take a sheet to make shower curtains that would match the bedroom sheets and make tablecloths but since I could sew, I just made button holes and then bought cute hangers to go with whatever theme I wanted. I could change them out so easily. Tablecloths were so easy too using the nice fabric of the sheet, cheaper at the time than buying actual fabric by the yard and I would cut a circle or rectangle. So easy to have everything matching especially when you are on a budget. I still have one of the table cloths! Love it and smile every time I use it!!

  22. like the curtain...you made it easy to follow...like the fabric colour and choice.

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  23. I love all you ideas. I am going to try most of them. Mary.

  24. Thank you Thank you Thank you... did i say THANK YOU? I have been needing curtains for over a year now and haven't wanted to spend the money or get out my sewing machine to buy/make decent ones... this is the best idea ever i cant wait to start! THANK YOU

  25. Perfect, perfect, perfect, love, love, love!!! We just moved and I have been torn about going to walmart and buy curtains for obscene amounts or going without... Now I'm going make these and call it a day!!

  26. what type of material did you use?

  27. The post is all about easy no sew curtains. Useful post

  28. I was wondering if the grommets came in black or did you paint the silver ones?

  29. I am super excited to see this! I have been wanting to make some curtains for my living room. My windows are too tall for normal-sized curtains and I can't justify the ridiculous expense of having custom curtains made.

  30. I love the sheets you used, they're just what I'm looking for. Where did you purchase yours? Thanks

  31. did you not have to sew the sides of the curtain? how did you get it not to look messy?

    1. Seriously awesome. You are a breath of fresh air. I will be forwarding this to everyone I know who loves to read innovative piece of work on curtains.

  32. I'm going to try this for sure! Thanks for the post/idea, and for the humor! :)

  33. Being frugal is smart...no matter how much money you make! Why pay an arm and leg for curtains when you can make your own one of a kind for much less. Love your blog....keep blogging!

  34. Where did you get this fabric? Can you please post the designer/name? It's gorgeous.

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  50. What about the sides of the panels? Do you use hem tape for those too?

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  52. I'm from Montreal, Canada. There are grommets available at Fabricville.

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