It’s definitely more convenient to purchase ready made curtains, but it’s no secret that it’s certainly cheaper to make your own. It’s also no secret that a lot of us don’t have the time to sit down and meticulously put in the stitches into making a curtain that’s worthy of showing off. Keep this to yourself, but we’ve got just the thing for you – a ‘no sew’ curtain!
The secret to making a no sew curtain is using a fusable fabric tape that can bond your curtain fabric together instead of sewing them entirely. Follow these steps if you don’t believe us:
1. Measure How Much Curtain Fabric You Need
Start by measuring the size of your windows. The width of your curtain fabric will generally be between 1.5 to 3 times the width of your window to be able to create generous amount of ‘folds’ when the curtains are drawn.
When measuring the top-bottom length of your curtain, select a length that you’d like which falls below the window trim. Add an extra 2-5 inches to the top and bottom for the curtain’s hem. You would also need to add an additional half-inch to turn the hem under before sealing them.
2. Buying Fabric & Tools
When you’re at the store, don’t be surprise if the fabric that you want comes at a shorter width than your desired measurements. So you might need to purchase a few ‘widths of fabric’ to make up the total width that you need for your curtain. (If you’ve got extras left over, turn them to cushion covers or a nice table cloth)
You also need to get the following tools to help you ‘sew’ the curtains together:
- Fusible Fabric Tape (This is your secret weapon!)
- Measuring Tape
- Sewing Pencil or Chalk (regular pencil is also fine)
- Ironing Board
- Thin cotton cloth
- Curtain rings with clips
- Curtain rod (unless you have one already)
3. Joining The Fabrics
(Follow this step if you need to join more than one panel width of fabric)
Lay the fabrics out on a flat surface or your ironing board. Get the first panel of fabric facing the right side up. Create a 1/2 inch single hem and iron the right side of the fabric from top to bottom. Measure out the fusible fabric tape to line the entire length of the fabric. Position the tape on the top side of the hem that you’ve just created.
Next, get the second panel of fabric. This time, place the fabric right side down. Using the same method, create a 1/2 inch single hem and iron the right side of the fabric from top to bottom. Now, turn it over and the hem should be on the left side.
To join the fabric, place the fusible tape in between the two hems that you’ve just created and iron it out. Your end result should be the two panel of fabrics joining neatly at the hem to create a single fabric.
When ironing the hems together with the fusible tape, place a damp cloth between the iron and the area that you’re ironing.
4. Sealing The Top & Bottom Hem
Now that you’ve combined your curtain fabric, it’s time to finish the actual hem for the top and bottom part. Hem in about 1/2 inch to 5 inches of fabric and iron it out. Measure and cut the fusible tape according to the width of your hem – place the tape in between the hem to use as a ‘sealer’. Using the same ironing method above, remember to place a damp cloth in between the iron and the fabric to avoid overheating.
5. Clip & Hang Your Curtain
Once you’ve sealed all the hems and edges, you can proceed to clip on the curtain rings and hang it up over your railing! Simple, it wasn’t that hard now was it?
If you’re looking for curtain fabrics or if you’re just not a DIY-er with this ‘no sew’ method, we always have our curtain makers, curtain installation services and drapery suppliers who can help with custom made drapes that will fit your home perfectly! Don’t forget to check out your options to install blinds and shades.
Drop us your enquiry on Kaodim.com and we’ll match you with the best supplier in your town.