Easy DIY Drapery Sewing Tutorial

Time to give your windows a brand new look? Curtains can do wonders to a room and with our new line of window fabrics, you may be tempted to go all out! Luckily, it can be rather easy to sew your own window treatments. Below is a basic tutorial.

Curtains are a breeze to sew, especially if you have a sewing machine. Basically, you fold, iron, pin and sew repeatedly. Here’s how in detail:

  1. Measure the distance between the curtain rod and the length you want the curtain to fall at, as well as the width.
  2. Vertically, add at least 14 inches for hems and the curtain rod sleeve. Horizontally, add at least 4 inches for hems, and add up to a foot or more if you want the curtain to have tons of natural folds while hanging.
  3. Order your fabric, of course.
  4. When the fabric arrives, cut the two panels, cutting down the direct center of the fabric. You could use fabric scissors or a rotary cutter and mat.
  5. Iron down a 1-inch hem and pin along all sides of the fabric, folding at the 1-inch mark.
  6. Sew the hem, keeping 1/8 of an inch away from the edge of the hem.
  7. At the top, turn down 5 inches of fabric, folding at the 5-inch mark.
  8. Iron and pin in place.
  9. Sew with a 1/8-inch distance from the edge of the folded fabric along the three open sides.
  10. Fold about 2.5 inches of fabric down; this will be the sleeve for the curtain rod to run through. Turn the seam down at the 1/2-inch mark so it is facing inward when you’re folding the fabric down.
  11. Iron and pin.
  12. Sew 1/8 of an inch in from the bottom edge of the folded fabric.
  13. Repeat all steps with the other panel.

After that, you’ll just need to hang and enjoy your new curtains!

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