How To Make Simple Curtains For Your Windows
Making curtains for your windows is quite easy.
The first thing you need to do is decide what kind of curtains do you want on your window...
Do you want curtains just on the window itself...
Do you want the curtains to go from the top of the window to the floor...
Or do you want them to go from ceiling to floor?
Once you decide what type of curtains you want, take measurements. For example, say you're going
to make curtains from the top of the window to the floor.
Measure the window--in my case the window is 51"X31". Then measure from the top of
the window molding to the desired length you want--ex.82". Now, add 6 additional inches onto your
measurement--3" to create the top casing that the curtain rod goes through and 3" for the
hem. So, now your measurement should be 89".
This 89" is for one curtain. Most windows use 2 curtain
panels per window. That means you need 2 pieces of fabric at 89". If you're using a sheet as in
Designing A Room On A Budget You will cut your sheet in half
lengthwise and measure both pieces to 89". Now you have 2 full
panels for your
If you're purchasing new fabric, it's important to know how wide it is. Fabrics come
in varying widths, 36", 45", 60". It's important to know this because it will determine how much fabric
you need to buy.
Say for my 31" wide window, and I'm buying fabric that is 45" wide. I will need to buy 2
1/2 yards per panel or a total of 5 yards per window. This will give me enough fullness in the curtains
to make the window look pretty. If I chose fabric that is 60" wide, I probably could get away
with buying only 2 1/2 yards because once it is cut in 2, the panels should be wide enough to cover the
Ok...your fabric is ready to sew. On the sides of the curtains you want to make a
nice neat "hem." With your iron, press under 1/4", then turn and press another 1/4". Make a
straight stitch all the way from top to bottom. Do this on all your panels.
For the casing on top. Press under 1/4" then measure another 2 3/4" and press it down. Sew
the casing closed. This is where the rod will go through. You can also sew 1/4" from the top to create
a small "crown" on the top of the curtain. That's up to you.
Now the hem. Easy...repeat what you just did for the casing except don't sew a crown at
You're done! Great job! Now go hang them up and enjoy them.
[If you want to tie them back, you can use ribbon, or purchase a tie-back from the store to create a