DIY Curtains

~Curtains Made Easy~


One of my favorite things about any room is curtains. I love gorgeous window coverings! I recently showed you my new home office curtains and today I wanted to share how to make them yourself.

Office-Curtains Banner

The Rule of Thumb on Curtain Width


Take the window’s width and multiply it by:  1- for a tailored look, 1.5- for a standard look, 3- for a full look.

For example, if your window is 50 inches and you want a standard look, you would multiply 50 x 1.5 = 75 inches. Each panel would be 37.5 inches wide giving you a total of 75 inches of fabric.


My window is about 45 inches wide from window edge to edge and I knew I would be hanging the rod about 3 inches outside the window frame. The fabric was 54 inches wide, so I decided to do two 54 inch panels. That was a little more than 2x the window width, which was great. Therefore I’d have no seams and a nice amount of fullness.


I decided to do simple drapes using clip rings. These are very easy to make. My first step was to hem the sides. I folded the edge over 1/2 inch and ironed the edge. Then I folded it over again 1/2 inch and ironed once more.


Be sure to pin the fold for sewing the hem.

Curtain hem pin

Next, I finished the top. I created a rod pocket even though I knew I would be using clip rings. To create the rod pocket, I folded the raw edge down about 1/2 inch and then I created a fold of 3 inches.

Curtain Top

I ironed and pinned the fold to prepare for sewing.

Curtain Top

Finish the hems with a simple straight stitch.

For the bottom hem, I decided to hang the curtains and then pin the hem to the desired length.

Curtain Hem

Once I had the curtains hung, I really liked the look of them “puddling” a little. I normally have my curtains just touching the floor. I wanted a little “plusher” look, so I decided to leave them a little longer than usual.

Curtain Hem

For the bottom hem, I got a little lazy! Instead of taking the curtains down and having to re-iron, etc, I decided to use Heat n’ Bond Iron On Adhesive to do a no-sew hem. It’s so easy to use! You simply iron it on the fabric, remove the paper backing, fold the hem and iron again. I pulled my ironing board up to the window and created my bottom hem.

Curtain Hem

I love the result.

Curtain Hem

Viola! Quick and easy curtains!

Office Curtains

Enter your email address:Delivered by FeedBurner


You are always Welcome at My House!

Stay informed of new inspirations, projects & exciting news.

Click below and subscribe to House on the Way…

House on the WayHouse on the WayHouse on the WayHouse on the WayHouse on the WayHouse on the WayHouse on the WayHouse on the WayHouse on the WayHouse on the Way


Linking to:

House of Hepworths

Pin and Share...
Pin on PinterestShare on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on TumblrEmail this to someone
The following two tabs change content below.
Hello! Blogging about home decor & design is my passion. I'm working to create a house that is on its way to a beautiful home and I'm excited to share my journey.

Latest posts by Leslie (see all)


  1. I LOVE that you pulled the ironing board up to the curtains to hem! :-) The curtains are gorgeous, and I love the fabric!
    Jules@fyimodularhomes recently posted…Sunburst MirrorMy Profile

  2. I didn’t know the rule about the width of the fabric for curtains. Thank you very much. The fabric you chose is awesome.
    Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse recently posted…Where Does Water Come From?My Profile

  3. I love the way these turned out! I am going to pin for future reference. Curtains are nearing the top of my list of to-do’s! I would love for you to come by and link this or another project/recipe at my brand new link party!! Hope to see you!

    • Thank you Allyson! I’ll stop by and pay you a visit! Thanks for the party invite! Feel free to link up to my Twirl & Take a Bow party anytime too!

  4. These are GORGEOUS!!!!! Don’t you just love no sew drapes! That fabric you chose is such a beautiful compliment to that stencil you did. I just love it! So happy to see the room really coming together.
    Christina @ Floridays Mom recently posted…Wood Palette HeadboardMy Profile

    • Thank you Christina! I fell in love with that fabric as soon as I saw it! It is slowly coming together…
      Have a great weekend.

  5. I love your curtains! Beautiful job and great tutorial!
    Laurie @ House of 34 recently posted…Wednesday WisdomMy Profile

  6. Wow, Leslie! These turned out great! I love the pattern play on the wall and the fabric. Well done! xo Kristin
    thriftykristy recently posted…HAPPENINGSMy Profile


  1. [...] you know, I’m working on my home office and I found this great fabric for my curtains. I love the look of metals in home decor and I have really been going back and forth on whether to [...]

  2. [...] Next I added some ribbon to add some detail to the plain drop cloth fabric. The ribbon is completely no-sew. The green ribbon coordinates with my curtains in my craft room. [...]

  3. [...] this gorgeous striped fabric and knew it would be just right for my stool. It coordinates with my curtain fabric [...]

  4. […] Home Office/Craft Room. It all started with some gorgeous fabric that I transformed into some beautiful curtains. The window became complete with the additional of my DIY Faux Bamboo shade made from a […]

  5. […] looking at fabric, I thought about a pattern, but with the striped wall and the pattern on the curtains, I realized a solid would be best. The pin-tucked detail was an added […]

  6. […] it look perfect with my DIY Office Curtains and my Faux Bamboo Shade made from […]

  7. […] curtains in my craft room are hung as high as my slanted ceilings would allow, due to the length of the curtain rod. As you […]

Leave a Comment

CommentLuv badge