Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Curtain Tutorial {DIY}

I have been wanting to add some color to our apartment for a while now. And I kept seeing these cute and easy curtain tutorials on Pinterest, so I gave them a try. I made some curtains for our bedroom and living room. They turned out really cute and they really brighten up the room. Here are some pictures of the finished project.

in our bedroom
in the living room

These are the two tutorials that I used to get started: Tutorial: DIY Curtains from a Bed Sheet and How to Make Curtains {DIY}. Below is my tutorial of how I made these curtains. 

{Curtain Tutorial}


  • Fabric (I used 2 & 1/3 yard of each color. The fabric was 54" wide. This made two long panels about 6 feet long)
  • Sewing machine and thread
  • 1.5" wide white ribbon
  • Iron

Step One:

Fold your fabric in half longways (hot dog style) and cut it in half. This creates your two panels. 

Step Two:

Hem the long sides of the panel. Do this by folding over and ironing the long side of the panel 1/2 an inch. Sew the hem at a 1/4 inch seam. Repeat this step on both sides of the panel. 

Step Three:

Now hem the top and bottom of the panel. I did a 3 & 1/2 inch hem on the top and bottom. You can choose the width of your hem depending on how long you would like your curtains to be. 

First start by ironing your hem. 

After you have ironed you hem. Sew around all four edges of the hem, sewing a 1/4 inch seam. This will create a nice top stitch on your curtains.

Step Four: 

Next cut the ribbon into 6 strips that are 3 & 1/2 inch long. You will need 6 strips of ribbon for each panel. Evenly space the ribbon strips on the top of the curtain panel and pin them down.

Step Five:

Sew the ribbon onto your curtains. You will only be sewing the top and bottom of your ribbon, creating a loop for your curtain rod to go through. 
Begin by sewing the top of each ribbon piece to your curtain panel. Use your previous seam as a guide to sew on the ribbon. (1/4 inch seam) Sew back a forth on each ribbon piece so it is securely attached to your curtain. 

sewing the top of the ribbon
After you have sewn all the tops of the ribbons continue to the bottom. Again use your previous seem as a guide. You will create a little loop in your ribbon before you sew it down. That way there is a big enough loop for your curtain rod to go through. Again make sure to sew back a forth a few times to securely attach the ribbon.

sewing the bottom, creating a loop

Step Six:

Iron your finished curtains if needed.

Step Seven:

Hang your beautifully created curtains!!

Now you have some cute curtains to brighten up your house. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! 

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