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Cheap and Easy No-Sew Curtains

Updated on April 14, 2011
No-sew curtains
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Curtains are a great way to add finishing touches to a room.  However, the cost of curtains can be extremely expensive.  Here is a quick, easy way to make curtains without picking up a needle.

What you need:

· Flat Sheet (Twin or full / double will likely work for most areas. For a larger area, two fulls might work better than one large sheet.)

· Curtain rod or shower curtain rod, depending on where you are putting the curtain

· Scissors or a seam ripper

What to do:

1. If these are new sheets (I get mine at Wal-Mart, where they sell individual sheets for $3 for a flat twin sheet or $6 for a flat full sheet), be sure to wash and/or iron the sheets first to rid them of the creases from packaging. I just wash mine (I avoid ironing at all costs), and as long as you don’t leave them in the dryer, it should be fairly smooth.

2. Locate the wide seam that indicates the top of the sheet.

3. Using scissors or a seam ripper, carefully remove the stitches on both sides of that top seam, stopping at the horizontal seam that goes across the sheet.

4. Put the curtain rod through the newly-made openings in the top seam, and spread the curtain across it.

5. Hang up the rod.

For windows and more

These aren't just for windows.  I hate closet doors, so I use shower curtain rods that easily mount between the door jambs.  This makes an easy way to hide closet items and finish off a room.  I’ve also used these to close off open areas, like the entry to the laundry room.  It’s not the most beautiful part of the house, but the way my house is designed, it’s open from the kitchen.  This way I can close it off when I want to.

Alternative Method:

Instead of snipping the stitches, you could buy clip-on hooks.  Just clip the hooks to the top of the sheets, and then the hooks have loops that you slide over a curtain rod (this won’t work with a shower curtain rod—you’ll want something thinner).

Hemming Curtains Without a Needle

 If you find that the curtains are too long, but you don't want to sew a hem, try purchasing iron-on hem tape.  In just a matter of moments, you can have neatly-hemmed curtains with no need to worry about keeping stitches straight!


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      craftybegonia 6 years ago from Southwestern, United States

      Very practical and useful, thanks!