Instructions for Drawstring Curtain Rods

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Instructions for Drawstring Curtain Rods
With a sewing machine, you can make drawstring curtains in minutes. (Michael Blann/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Making your own drawstring curtains is an easy way to brighten up a tired looking window, whether it's in your home, your shop or even your camper. If you have a sewing machine, you can create beautiful drawstring curtains in minutes, once you get the hang of it. Curtains are not difficult to hand-stitch. Buy beautiful printed fabric, or use up spare scraps for smaller windows. You can even add a lining for extra warmth.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Tape measure
  • Fabric -- large enough to fit your window, with extra material on all sides for the seams
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • Pins
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine -- optional
  • Curtain rod with hooks and eyelets

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  1. 1

    Measure your window. Cut two pieces of fabric, half the length of the window and the same height, with an extra five centimetres on either edge.

  2. 2

    On the first curtain, create the seams on all sides except the top, by carefully folding over the edges by about half a centimetre, then ironing the edges and then repeating the process, so the seam will not fray. Repeat with the other curtain.

  3. 3

    Pin the seams of both curtains in place and use either a sewing machine or a needle to stitch them. Now, create the drawstring edge on the first curtain. Create the casing as you made the seam, but this time leave at least a one centimetre gap, ensuring that when you put the curtain rod in, it is able to freely move. Repeat for the second curtain.

  4. 4

    Slide the curtain rod into your finished casings, so the curtains sit neatly together. Twist a hook into one end. Screw an eyelet into your window pane and then stretch the rod across the width of your window. Cut cord to the desired length and twist another hook into this end. Holding the rod in place, figure out where the next eyelet has to go on your window pan and screw it in.

  5. 5

    Finally, use a needle and thread to make tiny stitches in the fabric at each end of the curtain r to hold that side of the curtains in place. Hang up your curtains by hooking the rod over the eyelets.

Tips and warnings

  • The success of drawstring curtains lies in the movement of the drawstring. According to the online sewing resource,, a casing that is too narrow may prevent the rod from sliding freely, while a wide casing may cause the rod to twist.
  • To enable your curtains to hang better, stitch weights into the bottom seams or into each bottom corner.

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