How to Make Your Own Curtains: Cheap & Easy

make your own curtains

Living room curtains

I am a curtain person as you can see in my mini home tour at my old apartment. My sister...hates curtains. She is a shutters person. Those shutters she has, although really nice, are just too expensive for me. Besides, I love me a colorful curtain. But they can be expensive, too. I hate when they sell one panel for $50. One panel? Come on, curtain makers!

So years ago I embarked on my own curtain making. And let me assure you...I am not skilled with a needle and thread -- and I sew by hand. If I can do it, anyone can. All you need is patience. And supplies of course.


-- Measure your windows to decide how much fabric you need and how long you want your curtains.

-- You can purchase fabric from any fabric store or order online. I love the tapestries and coverlets from Urban Outfitters (especially when they are on sale) and Full Moon Loom. You can even make curtains from sheets.

make your own curtains

Babies room -- room in progress


-- A basic window often needs just one full size tapestry or 7 by 9 feet.

-- For that basic window, you can measure how you want fabric to hang, then cut in half. Sew hem on edges.

-- Larger windows will of course require more, but remember to measure and allow extra fabric so curtain has that curtainly wave and doesn't just look like a sheet pinned to the window like I used to have in college.

-- I hem the top of the curtain with a loop, so the curtain rod slips through.



-- For the bedroom, I double layered two different fabrics to shield out the most light. I just sewed fabric together and it's not only thicker, but reversible!

Bedroom window

Double layer reversible curtain















If I purchased pre-made curtains, I would have had to spend at least three times the amount I did. Sure, it was a little blood (from needle pricks) and sweat (and annoyance at times on re-threading that little needle), but it was all worth it.

Would you try this? Do you make your own curtains? Have any other tips to share?

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