When I first started shopping for my craft room curtain panels, I couldn’t find anything in the stores that totally wooed me. I found TONS of amazingly colorful, vibrant fabrics online, but well… I don’t know how to sew and was a little terrified of the process.
So while I’ve never actually tried no-sew curtains before, I wanted to take that risk. I mean, how hard could it be to wing it? Apparently not very, cause I feel like I nailed it. And aaaah, I’m in love. Now let me show you how I got my no-sew groove on…
First of all, I want to thank everyone that voted for this Braemore Gorgeous Petal Fabric last month. It’s so dreamy in person! And thick. Awesomely enough I didn’t have to line these curtains due to that fact.
So first thing I did was measure and cut (2) curtain panels at 100 inches each. The ceiling is 8ft tall (96 inches) but I needed room for a clean “hemline” so I added 4 inches on the top and bottom, minus the 4 inches that the curtains would hang down from the ceiling.
96 inch floor-to-ceiling length – 4 inch rod hang down + 8 inches for hems
= 100 inch panels lengths each
So my secret for these no sew curtains? Heat n Bond iron-on adhesive. I only needed (2) ten yard rolls to complete the project too.
To prepare for the Heat n Bond, I first ironed a one inch seam on the side edges of the curtain panels.
Then I laid a strip of the Heat n Bond on top of the seam paper side up. I ironed it for 2 seconds so it adhered the fabric, then peeled off the paper.
I then folded over the fabric again to create a clean backside seam as seen below, and ironed into place for 8 seconds on both sides of the fabric.
Once the sides were completed, I used the same strategy for the top and bottom hemline, except I made the sections a bit thicker (I thought it just looked more professional looking!).
The toughest part is making sure your measurements are done correctly, especially with hanging the curtains a few inches off the ceiling on the rod. I was pretty spot-on with mine, but if you want you can finish the sides and top, hang on the rod, then pin the bottom seam before you use the Heat n Bond.
Still impressed with myself that I created these
beautiful no sew curtains in one evening!
And did I mention how much I LOVE this fabric?
Ellie actually cried when she found out these were for my craft room and not her bedroom. Mother of the Year here. Well, I guess I foresee another no sew curtain project in my near future for that little ladybug.
I should mention that since I didn’t put a curtain rod pocket I had to use ring clips. That’s OK. I’m a huge fan of these puppies anyway. Adds a bit of glamour to the space, if I do say so myself.
Next on my craft room to do list is paint the stripes on the left wall and add some chair rail and picture frame moldings. Then hang things on the wall, find a rug, recover some chairs and I’m DONE!
A huge thanks to the Online Fabric Store who provided the fabric.
All opinions are 100% my own.
Those look awesome. Nicely done 🙂
Ceci Bean says
Love the fabric you chose!
Thank you! It’s absolutely stunning in person. Can’t wait to show you how it works with the entire room!
Barb A says
I love the fabric! Where do you get ring clips from?
I love your curtains! You have inspired me as I do not sew either.
Thanks always for sharing all your great projects, ideas and inspirations!!! You do a beautiful job!
A “Q” for you. I just read that the fabric is thick/100% cotton. How did you know that it did not need to be lined?
I purposely purchased a fabric that was 100% cotton with a little bit of substance to it. Most “designer fabrics” have a heavier weight which is why I prefer to work with those, whether it’s for window cornices, reupholstering chairs, or curtains!
This looks great! I am absolutely in love with that fabric you chose! For a girl that doesn’t sew at all, this looks like a great project for me. 🙂
Thanks Katie! I don’t sew a lick either LOL! Now I’m obsessed with this and already working on my daughter’s new curtains 🙂
Bonnie Johnson says
This project is absolutely gorgeous!! I found some incredible fabric at a yard sale and I am going to attempt to try this on my nursery window. Thanks for explaining and sharing’
You’re welcome Bonnie! Good luck 🙂
Susan M says
These are so beautiful! Even the hems turn out beautiful! Please keep posting great stuff on How to Nest for Less. 🙂
I am in love! I must try this! I have absolutely no sewing ability and am always afraid of my fingers getting stabbed by the sewing machine so this is perfect and cost effective. Would this work with a more satin kind of cloth or should be stick with thicker cloth?
I’m pretty sure it will work with anything!! Good luck with yours 🙂
I have made curtains like this many times and even non working shades.This fabric is beautiful.
Thank you Linda! My daughter loves this fabric too. In fact, she ended up stealing these curtains for her bedroom!
The drapes are beautiful. How much material did you use for the two ( how many yards)
3 yards for each panel (6 total) since they are 8ft ceilings.