Things You'll Need
- Rotary cutter and mat or ruler and scissors
- Fusible bonding web such as Stitch Witchery
- Damp cloth
- Iron and ironing board
- Curtain clips
Who says you need a sewing machine to create your own DIY window curtains? Here's a way to make curtain panels that look just like what you'd find in the store, but it requires no sewing at all -- just a little ironing.
How to Make No-Sew Curtains
In order to create these simple curtains, you’ll need a few supplies. In addition to the fabric, marker, and rotary cutter or scissors, you'll need a fusible bonding web like Stitch Witchery -- that's what allows us to make these cutains without a needle or thread. Please see the last slide for an itemized list of tools and materials.
Measure your window to decide how much fabric you’re going to need (be sure to consider where your curtain rod is hung and how much fabric you want draping at the bottom). Tack an extra two inches to the height and width for the “faux hem” that we'll make all around the panel. For example, suppose you measures 33 by 18 inches from rod to sill and side to side -- you would cut 35 by 20 inches. Mark where to cut the fabric.
Place your marked fabric on a mat and use a rotary cutter to trim it to size. Another option: If you don't have a rotary cutter, you can use a ruler or straight edge to draw a line and cut with scissors.
Fold over an inch of fabric on each side of the panel and iron it down to create a crease. This is the "faux hem."
Trim strims of fusible bonding web (like Stitch Witchery) and put them under the fold that you just ironed down all around the panel.
Take a damp cloth and place it over the hem. Make sure the iron setting is on "dry," and begin to press around the panels. Hold the iron in one place for at least 10 seconds to bond the material, and then move the damp cloth and continue to work your way around the panel. Do this on all four sides.
Add curtain clips to the top of the panels. (Similar to the spacing of rings on shower curtains, 6-inch spacing works well, however this can be done to your liking. For a more taut curtain add more clips, and for a drapier, more pleated look use less clips.)
Hang the fabric panels on your curtain rods.
Check out the instructions on the package of Stitch Witchery (or whatever similar fusible bonding web you choose) for additional information on how to use and care for the product.
You might need to re-dampen the cloth as you work your iron around the panel.
The iron is very hot, so be careful when pressing the fabric.
- Marisa Lynch