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No Sew Curtains!

Necessary Supplies

Fabric. No sew hem roll (hem tape)-preferably heavy-duty. Clothes Iron. Yard stick.


Step 1: Heat your iron to the setting appropriate to the fabric you are using.

Step 2: Measure your window (or eyeball it) and mark the back of the fabric for how long it must be. Then place your fabric on a table and cut it about 2″ longer than what is necessary for length (so if you wanted it 33″ long then make it 35″.) Once you have the length cut, fold the fabric in half to create a crease down the middle. Then open the fabric and cut it down that crease for what will form the left and right panel.

Step 3: Lay the fabric out on a table with the back of the fabric facing up. Take the yard stick (if necessary) to draw lines near the edges so you will be making straight hems. Once you have drawn the lines, take a piece of hem tape and cut it to fit one edge (for the really long sides, I used two pieces of tape end to end, just so it was easier to keep straight.) Then place the tape on the fabric (and flush with the yard stick line) with the coarse/gluey side down and the shiny side up.

Step 4: Place your iron on the hem tape and let it sit for 2 seconds. Repeat this on the tape until all of it has been pressed to the fabric. Then let it sit until it’s cool to the touch.

Step 5: Peal the paper back up from the glue. All you should see is the clear, shiny adhesive strip. Then fold the side over to make the hem. Once you have it folded, set the iron on the hem for 8 seconds (or for thick fabrics, 10 seconds.) Lift and repeat until the whole hem is folded over and secured.

Step 6: Repeat this on the other 3 sides (I know, easier typed than done.) Once all panels are complete you can clip the panels to the curtain rings. And voila! It takes longer than buying curtains, but it’s usually much cheaper. Plus, you’re not stuck with the patterns that the store has to offer.

I did also create the curtains above for the bathroom that is adjacent to the playroom/family room. I don’t have any pictures of making them because I was just messing around and experimenting. I only did a couple things differently.


1) I first adhered the hem tape to the bottom/back of the peachy-dyed material. Then I made sure the colorful fabric was straight and stuck the front side of it to the tape and finished with the iron for 8 seconds. Once it was cool I hemmed all of the sides as though it were one large piece of fabric.

2) Once all sides were hemmed, I cut the fabric down the middle (using the crease method) to form the left and right panels. Then I hemmed the 2 last sides.

3) At that point, if I were to hold the curtains up to the light you would be able to see through them. This is typically no problem, but because I had one panel sticking to the back of the other you could see where they overlapped. So I was forced to then cut another piece of fabric and use the hem tape to adhere a decorative strip to the front. It adds a little color flare, and no one would ever know it was to mask something less attractive.

All that and you didn’t even need to pick up a needle!


About Kristen Van Loon

My name is Kristen Van Loon and this is the chronicle of my search for *Oomf!* Not only have I deemed myself qualified to revamp, repair, refurnish and refine my house, but I also jump into any DIY project that my friends, co-workers, family and practical strangers stumble upon. I would love to tell you that this is my full-time job and my complete life mission, but I make my bread and butter elsewhere and raise a daughter (Olivia). I have some experience but no time, no formal training and no money. My only saving grace is that I love figuring things out, I’m great at improvising and I’m always inspired. For the record, some things that I do (play with electricity, for one) may seem risky, and some of them are. I will always tell you what I’ve done, but I won’t ever suggest things for you that aren’t safe. Even though I push the envelope, I am only marginally incompetent. If sources (father, my brain, Google) tell me not to do something then I usually won’t. But if I do try and it blows up in my face (figuratively or literally) you will hear all about it, and you hopefully won’t attempt it. At the end of the day, I hope to inspire you. Space-Lift isn’t just a blog, it’s a verb. It’s an action that brightens your surroundings by assaulting everything that needs improvement. Nothing is off limits, and all possibilities will be considered.

4 responses »

  1. Pingback: My Crafty Storage Bins « Easy-Going Organizer

  2. I have to make curtains for the travel trailer I’m re-doing and I’ve been dreading it. You make it look so easy!

  3. Nice tutorial, and thanks for the like on my page! Be sure to follow for all my updates 🙂


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