How to Make Curtains

Make a simple set of curtains to match any d̩cor and keep the sun's harmful rays from waking you from your beauty sleep.

You will need

  • Measuring tape
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Straight pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Bed sheets (optional)

Step 1 Measure Measure the window for which you will be making curtains and determine the length at which you would like the curtains to fall.

Step 2 Add hem allowances Add 6 inches to the length and 4 inches to the width to allow for the hem.

Step 3 Iron fabric Iron your fabric.

Step 4 Measure fabric and cut Cut out your curtain panels with the additional length and width for hems.

Step 5 Lay out and fold side over Lay one curtain right side down. Fold the sides over 1/2 inch, toward the wrong side of the fabric, and fold over again.

Step 6 Iron Iron the folded edges into place and pin down with straight pins.

Step 7 Stitch sides Stitch the hemmed sides into place on a sewing machine. Stitch close to the fold farthest away from the edge. Remove pins as you go.

Step 8 Lay out and fold top hem Lay curtain right side down and fold the top over 1/2 inch. Fold it over again and iron. Now fold over 4 inches to create a “pocket,” press, and pin into place.

Step 9 Stitch top Stitch the hemmed top along the inside fold, farthest away from the edge, to make a rod pocket. Remove pins as you sew.

Step 10 Lay out and fold bottom Lay curtain right side down and fold the bottom hem over 1/2 inch, then fold it over again. Press and pin into place.

Step 11 Stitch bottom Stitch the hemmed bottom along the inside fold farthest away from the edge, removing pins as you go and backstitch at the edge. Repeat all steps with the other curtain and hang them. Now your windows are decorated to your style, and your beauty sleep is preserved!