DIY No-Sew Curtains for Easy Room Makeovers

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This how-to will help you remake your living room, bedroom, or other room with easy-to-make window treatments. These no-sew curtains are super simple, frugal, and gorgeous. Now you know why I am seriously about to jump out of my skin I'm so excited about today's tutorial.

How often can make brand new curtains in a little over an hour, without busting out your sewing machine?? Seriously! I'm going to show you how unbelievably easy it is to whip up a set of no-sew curtains for any room in your house!

BEFORE - Learn how to whip up a set of curtains in no time at all -- without sewing a single stitch

For several years, I have just had sheers on the double window in my dining room. I love the light it allows in, but it's a little rough when we're trying to eat dinner and someone is being blinded by the setting sun. I decided to start looking for new curtains, but I was having a lot of trouble finding ones I liked. I knew I wanted something with a pattern, but any time I found something I liked, they ended up being somewhere between $80 and $120 per panel. {I don't even want to talk about the ones I loved from Anthroplogie that were $229. PER PANEL.} I really didn't want to spend that much on curtains, so I just did nothing.

AFTER - Learn how to whip up a set of curtains in no time at all -- without sewing a single stitch

Then I saw this fabric at Joann's. It's called Pom Pom Play, and it's by Waverly, and it's absolutely gorgeous. The blues in it match the wall color almost perfectly, and I love the splashes of yellow. I knew that this was what I wanted for my curtains. Even better, it was on sale! Normally $20 a yard, it was on sale for $10, and I had a coupon for and additional 25% off my entire order. Giddyap!

DIY No-Sew Curtains for Easy Room Makeovers

I decided to try to make some no-sew curtains instead of schlepping out my sewing machine and worrying about straight seams and all that garbage. I was a little nervous because I hadn't ever tried the no-sew Heat-n-Bond before, but they turned out beautifully.

Supplies for DIY No-Sew Curtains:

  • Fabric - I used 5 yards of 54" wide 100% cotton home decor fabric. If you're not sure what to use, ask for suggestions at the fabric store.
  • Iron-on adhesive tape - I used 3/8" Heat-n-Bond Ultrahold
  • Iron
  • Ironing board
  • Clip-on curtain rings - I used these ones in black

Learn how to whip up a set of curtains in no time at all -- without sewing a single stitch

Figure out the measurements that you'd like your finished curtains to be. The easiest {read: laziest} way to do this is to use the curtains you currently have. I knew I wanted them to be as wide as possible, so I kept the full 54" width of the fabric. For the length, I wanted them to be about the same length as the sheers I already had on the window, so I laid my fabric out on my kitchen floor. I then laid my sheer on top of it, added a couple of inches to both the top and bottom to allow for the hems, and cut.

Learn how to whip up a set of curtains in no time at all -- without sewing a single stitch

Once you have your two panels cut to size, begin by ironing your adhesive about 1/4" in from the selvage edges -- the outside edges of your fabric that are usually white with writing on them -- of one of the panels. {Follow the instructions on your adhesive package to make sure you're using the proper heat level and timing.}

Learn how to whip up a set of curtains in no time at all -- without sewing a single stitch

Peel the paper off of the adhesive tape, fold the fabric over {I used the selvage edge line as a guide}, and iron again, according to the package directions. Repeat with the other side of the fabric.

Learn how to whip up a set of curtains in no time at all -- without sewing a single stitch

Follow the same procedure to make a hem on the top and bottom of your fabric. I found that, since there's no line to follow this time, it's easiest to fold and iron a hem before doing applying the adhesive. That way you can easily see where to apply the adhesive strip and where to fold when it's time to hem.

Learn how to whip up a set of curtains in no time at all -- without sewing a single stitch

Clip on your curtain rings, hang those bad boys up, and guess what? You just made yourself some curtains!

Learn how to whip up a set of curtains in no time at all -- without sewing a single stitch

Can you believe how easy that was? I cannot wait to make curtains for every other window in my house now!

You tell me: What room would you make these curtains for?

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Hi, I’m Jenn. I’m a freelance writer and editor who lives in central Pennsylvania with my husband and three boys. Yeah. That’s a lot of testosterone in one house. I love decorating, DIYing, crafting, baking, and cooking, and I’m constantly scouring everything I see for inspiration. My ideas can come from anywhere: Pinterest, books, magazines, stores, TV shows, websites, other blogs, other people’s homes, nature. You name it, and I’ve gotten an idea from it. {Literally. I selected the color scheme for our family room from a pocket pack of tissues. Totally not making that up.} I hope to teach others that, if you really pay attention to the world around you, you can get inspiration from anything! I love to hear from readers, so be sure to leave me a comment! Or, if you’d prefer to email me, you can do that too — just visit my contact form. Thanks for stopping by!

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