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How to Easily Make Eyelet Curtains

Updated on January 20, 2011

Eyelet curtains are a clean and fresh looking traditional window treatment that remains very popular today. If you make your own, rather than buying ready made curtains, you will be able to add your own personal touches and maybe save some money, too. Following are some simple directions on how to make eyelet curtains.

Start by measuring the width of the window you are planning on covering. Whatever the width is, multiply that number by two and add two inches for a one inch side seam on each side. This double width will allow for soft pleats to form as they are hung on the rod. You can add more or less width depending on how much pleating you like in your curtains. Measure the length from the top of your existing drapery rods, to where you want them to stop. Short curtains should stop about an inch below the window ledge. Long ones can go clear to the floor, if you like. You will need to add four inches at the top for fold over and to make the pocket for the rod to fit through. You will also need to add two more inches to make the bottom hem. That will end up being a total of the length of the hang, plus six inches for top and bottom hems.

Begin by cutting the material to the length and width that you measured. If you have a serger machine you can serge the sides to finish the edges. Otherwise, on the sides, fold under one fourth inch to hide the raw edge and press. Then fold over, press, pin and sew three fourths of an inch on each side to finish the right and left sides. Finishing the sides first will create a clean rod pocket edge when you get to that point.

Next serge both the top and bottom edges, or you can also finish them by folding over and creasing one fourth inch of material under. Spraying with a little water as you iron will steam the folds into place more completely. Then, on the top, fold down 3.75 inches of material, iron in the fold and pin it in place. Sew along the previous quarter inch fold which will fasten it to the curtain creating a 3.75 inch pocket, or tube like opening, at the top. Now measure up one and one half inches from the seam line you just sewed to create the rod pocket. (If you are using a smaller rod, you can make the pocket smaller to fit.) This will leave you with about two and one quarter inches of ruffle above the rod which adds to the design.

Now, fold up the bottom edge one and three-quarter inches, iron, pin in place and sew along the edge to create the bottom hem. You have made your first custom made eyelet curtain. Feed the rod through the pocket and hang in front of your window.

Making your own white eyelet curtains is very easy and it gives you the choice of which material to use. The color choice is also yours, but it is recommended that you use white cotton whenever possible because the sunlight on the curtains will cause them to fade over a period of time, so if you start off with white or cream, then it shall remain looking crisp and fresh for a longer period of time. If you desire to make curtains with other colors then you will need to make a curtain liner, or hang Venetian blinds to protect the fabric colors.


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      Home decor newbie 

      2 years ago

      Disappointed too. I wanted the grommet/eyelet curtain instructions.

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile image

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      7 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      I'm sorry but the title, the picture and the desciption in your hub do not match... where does the eyelet come into the curtain ??? Your picture shows a set of curtain with grommets. You're describing how to make a rodpocket set of drapes...

      regards Zsuzsy


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