I had a hard time finding curtains that matched my nursery theme, so I decided to make my own. Sometimes making your own curtains is cheaper but most of the time it is not. However, little custom items like curtains can make your room unique and your design more complete. For this project you will need a sewing machine.
Outer Fabric, Inner Fabric, Matching Thread, Scissors, Pins, Iron and Ironing Board
1) Cut Fabric to desired size. Make sure to add seam allowances to overall size. I used plus 2” on the sides, plus 4” on the bottom, and plus 5” on the top, thus giving me a 45” x 60” piece of outer fabric and 45” x 59” piece of inner fabric.
Tip: You may need to add more seam allowance at the top for thicker curtain rods.
2) Sew under the bottom edge of both the outer fabric and inner fabric separately. On the outer fabric you will need to iron down 1” across the bottom of the fabric. Next fold the same side down again but this time make sure there is 3” fold, so the raw edge of the fabric is not seen. Pin and sew ¼” from the edge.
Do the same for the inner fabric. Doing so will cause the inner fabric to be a 1” shorter than the outer fabric. We want the inner fabric to be a 1” shorter so it is not seen from the front.
3) Baste inner and outer fabric together. The two pieces of fabric should face one another, so that the folded under side touch. Pin and baste a ¼” from edge.
4) Sew under both sides. Iron fabric to making sure there are no winkles. Next on one of the sides, fold and iron flat 1” from edge. Then fold and iron flat another 1” so that the raw edge is not seen. Pin and sew ¼” from folded edge. Do the same thing on the other side.
5) Sew under Top Edge. Iron fabric to making sure there are no wrinkles. Next fold and iron flat 1” from raw edge. Then fold and iron flat another 4” so that the raw edge is not seen. Make sure there is enough room for the curtain rod to fit through when down. Pin and sew ¼” from folded edge. Iron curtain. Now the curtain is ready to be placed on the curtain rod.
I hope this was very helpful in making you own curtains. Please let me know if something was confusing or does not make sense. It is not always easy explaining something in written form. As always I would love to hear from you, please leave a comment or email me.