August 26th, 2016

Pro Tip: Create Your Own Curtains (No Sewing Needed)


Window treatments are one of the best ways to soften the sharp angles of windows in a room, but curtain panels can be really expensive. Luckily, it’s easy to create your own curtains from all sorts of fabrics, and sewing isn’t always necessary!


In the past, I have created curtains from painting drop cloths and valences from bamboo placemats (pictured here). I’ve even hung long lengths of decorator fabric from curtain rods and hemmed with a glue gun (pictured here), purchased inexpensive, boring curtain panels and updated them with trim and glue (pictured here), and most recently, I used an old window scarf to make two panels for my son’s bedroom.


A few years ago, my friend Amy asked if I wanted her two navy velvet window scarves. Never one to turn down gorgeous fabric, I said yes without having any idea how I would use them. Once I started working on Zack’s bedroom, I knew they would look wonderful on his window. The paint colors that I selected for his walls were a chunky, modern ombre pattern in Marine Blue and Deep Blue Shadow. They were begging to partner with a moody color. I needed to use the bright, bold paint colors on his walls to lighten his dark room since the only natural light he receives is from one small, north-facing window. However, such bold colors generally need a neutral accent to tone them down, and colors such as black, white, grey, navy and brown are all neutrals in my opinion. So, the richness of the window scarves, that are similar in color to Rich Navy seemed perfect to pair with the brighter blues.


I also figured out how to make the window scarves into curtain panels with no sewing machine, which is a huge time saver!


The wall height over his window is about 96″, so I knew I could cut one of the 200″ window scarfs in half and use it for two panels. I just cut it generally in half and didn’t stress about getting the line perfectly straight.


Cut Curtains


Because the window scarf was hemmed on all four sides, after I cut it, I had two panels that were hemmed on three sides and the rough-cut side.


With the short, hemmed edge at the top, I clipped it to the curtain rings on the curtain rod. To clip the panels, I typically do the left, right and center rings first. Then, I clip the rest of the rings so they’re spaced evenly.


curtain rings


Once both panels were hung, I could see that I had some extra length to deal with. I do like my curtain panels to touch or pool on the floor a little, but this was too much.


curtains too long


I pulled the bottom of the panels down to where the wall meets the floor and added about 6″ to that. Then, I grabbed my scissors and just cut off the extra length.


Cut off Extra Length


Then, I fluffed the curtain and folded the raw edge in to touch the wall.


Curtains Folded Under


The end result is beautiful and it was incredibly easy to put together. The curtain panels are rich and textured on his modern ombre wall and I am thrilled with how they turned out. Even better, they cost me no money and I didn’t have to break out my sewing machine. Win!


Curtain Panels from Window Scarf


What other lengths of fabric do you think you could use to create your own curtains?


This post is sponsored by Glidden® paint, a PPG brand. All thoughts, opinions and paintbrushes are my own.