No-Sew Curtains. Curtains can be quite expensive. Often you’ll hear, “Make your own. It will save you tons of money.” Yes, that’s true. But what if you don’t sew? What do you do then? You can still “make your own”! There are lots of fun ways to create curtains without having to use a sewing machine or a needle and thread. I like to sew and I’ve made lots of them over the years, but I still enjoy quick and easy no-sew curtains. Whether it’s repurposing an unexpected item to make unique curtains or embellishing plain ones off the shelf, there are myriad ways to make your windows look fabulous. The creative minds at Better Homes and Gardens have put together some really great no-sew curtains. I chose a few of my favorites to share with you today.
1. These curtains are made from shawls. The fringe on one end has been cut away and decorative trim was hot-glued along the raw edge. They’re hanging from clip rings.
2. Ordinary white tab-top curtains have been accented with wood buttons and burlap. Both come off for washing, because they are attached with magnets. Tie hemp cord through each button and glue a magnet on the back. Cut burlap into a 1-1/2 inch strip. Pull off a few long threads to give it a fringed edge. Lay the burlap on top of the curtain, and then put a magnetic button at each tab using another magnet behind them to secure them. The magnets hold the fringe onto the curtain!
3. Take plain curtain panels and dress them up with a beautiful stencil. Lay the panel flat and place draft paper behind it so that it absorbs the paint. Then place the stencil on top of the panel and paint with fabric paint.
4. Bring the “wow-factor” to a room by accenting hanging tab-top panels with ribbon and rick rack. Natural colors and textures will help keep the pattern from being overwhelming. Before applying trim, carefully measure out the pattern and mark accordingly. Each X extends from side to side and repeats three times from the top to the bottom. The ribbon is glued down first, then the rickrack is glued on top of it. Finally, a button is glued at each intersection. To finish off the edges, cut the ribbon 1 inch longer than needed, wrap it around the edge of the curtain and glue it to the back.
5. This treatment requires a tablecloth with a decorative edge like tassels, ruffles or scallops. Cut the tablecloth into 2 panels. (A 60-inch square works the best because it can just be cut in half.) Hem the cut edge with iron-on tape. Hang from the hemmed edge with clip rings.
6. Three shades of velvet ribbon give plain white tab-top curtains a touch of elegance. Lay the panels flat and use fabric glue to attach horizontal bands of ribbon. To create the ties, first cut off the tabs. Then cut six evenly spaced horizontal slits across the top of each panel, wide enough so that you can slip the ribbon ties through them. Finish it off by cutting V shapes out of the end of each tie.
7. These cute cafe curtains are made out of cloth patterned napkins. Join the edges of the napkins together using jean rivets spaced 2 inches apart. Place grommets along the top edge and thread a curtain rod through them.
I hope you enjoyed these easy, DIY, no-sew curtains. Do you have a favorite? What items have you repurposed for curtains?