How to Sew Curtains Step-by-Step

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How to Sew Curtains Step-by-Step
Wonderful fabrics are available for making curtains for your home. (rideaux image by cris13 from

Making your own curtains gives you a vast array of choices in fabric type, weight, colour and finish that you would not otherwise have for your window treatments. Two-panel curtains such as those described below can be as fancy or as plain as you want, depending on the style of pole and the fabric you choose. For a formal dining room, for example, you could use dupioni silk and make the curtains floor length. You could make windowsill-length curtains out of denim for a children's playroom. The curtain fabric may range from light to medium weight. If you decide to use a coordinating curtain fabric for the back of the panels, instead of curtain lining fabric, you should choose a light to medium weight material.

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Things you need

  • Drapery pole
  • Clip-on curtain rings
  • Measuring tape
  • Fabric
  • Coordinating or lining fabric
  • Straight pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Iron

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    Measure and Cut

  1. 1

    Install the curtain pole above the window frame according to the manufacturer's directions. Make sure the clip-on curtain rings are on the pole before you install it, unless the pole is removable.

  2. 2

    Measure from the bottom of the clip-on rings to the point where you want the bottom of the curtain to be. Measure the width of the window frame.

  3. 3

    Calculate how much fabric you will need. Your fabric for each of the two panels will be the width of the window plus 1-1/4 inches (to account for the seam allowances). The length will be the number you determined by measuring from the bottom of the clip-on ring to the point where you want the bottom of the curtain to be plus 1-1/4 inches.

  4. 4

    Cut two lengths of curtain fabric and two lengths of the fabric you will use for the lining, which may be a curtain lining fabric or another fabric that coordinates with the curtain fabric.

    Sew and Hang

  1. 1

    Put one curtain panel and one lining or coordinating panel together with right sides facing. Pin around all four sides.

  2. 2

    Sew the panels together, using a seam allowance of 5/8 of an inch. Leave an opening about 8 inches wide at the top. Clip the corners. Turn the panels right side out and press, turning the edges of the opening inward. Hand sew the opening.

  3. 3

    Attach the panels to the clip-on rings, using half the rings on the pole for each panel.

Tips and warnings

  • Think of your curtains as reversible and choose two complementary fabrics, each of which could be the front side of the curtain.

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