How to Sew Curtains

How to Sew Curtains?

Well, interior decoration has taken the modern world with a storm. Yes! The home décor is one of the most sought-after profession over the past decade.

But then it is also a reality that you do not have to be a professional to decorate your home, is it? No! As for example, you can try your hands on sewing the curtains at home.

Curtains, if selected properly, can change the entire outlook of your home. So, what are you waiting for? Read the article and you will know how you can sew different kinds of curtains yourself.


Yes! We will start with the simplest so as to make it easy for you. So, here is how you can stitch simple curtains for your home.

Materials required:

  • 5.2 Yards of fabric.
  • Matching thread.
  • Iron and ironing board.
  • Sewing machine.

1. Cutting:

You should start by cutting the 5.2 yds of fabric in half from the width. As you have the two pieces of equal length, so you will cut this fabric into two pieces and leave 2 pieces that have length of 99 inches.

Do leave the margin for shrinking. Now start with the selvage edges, by pressing towards the wrong sides.

By using selvage as a guide, it is easy to fold the fabric. Now enclose the raw edges, you will fold over and press it again.

2. Fold the wrong sides.

Next, you will fold the cut edge to the wrong side, by folding the 2.5 of fabric and press it. Repeat this procedure on other side across the width of a fabric. The rod pocket will be formed by these folds.

3. Stitch along the sides.

When you are stitching along the sides, open the top and bottom folds. Now stitch the long sides. Make sure that the big portion of fabric does not accumulate on the sides of machine.

4. Fold the edges.

In the last step, fold the top and bottom edges along the creases. Now use the folded edge in stitching as a guide. With the accurate measurements, you can have a nice look on the top and bottom.


You won’t believe how easy is the procedure of stitching your DIY custom lined curtains if you follow these steps carefully.


  • The perfect curtain fabric.
  • Matching colored lining.
  • Ribbon for back tabs.
  • Grommets or curtain rings.

Step 1: Cutting of fabric is the key.

Measure the length of curtain panel, keeping 10 inches more. This will be the extra cloth with you for hemming and to attach to the lining. Cut the fabric of length you want.

You need to take the measurements carefully as it will be the key to success here. You can pick the type of the fabric and color according to the scheme of your interior and furniture.

Step 2: Cut the lining.

Who doesn’t like the perfect blackout lining to avoid the sunny rays to come in their room! So, you may go for a soft fabric for the purpose, it not only blocks the light but also has the beautiful texture.

With the finished panels add 2.5 to your lining fabric, the width of your lining fabric should be less than the actual fabric.

Cutting with right measurements, and gathering all the things in one place is the actual and time-consuming task.

Step 3: Hemm the bottom of curtain and lining fabric.

Now take the bottoms of both curtain and lining fabric and fold them to 4 inches to make crease. Finally make a quick stitch of about ¼ inch from the top to the length of each panel, that will end to the bottom of the panel.

Step 4: Attach the lining to the curtain fabric.

Now lay your curtain fabric by placing the lining fabric on the wrong side. You will notice that sides of your both fabrics do not match, so to make them match pin it, and stitch it along its length with ¼ seam.

Step 5: Turning the right side out.

Finally, tuck the corner of the curtain fabric and make a quick run along its length. Iron the whole curtain to make a fine look and then turn its wrong side out and the right-side in.

Sew the ribbons at the sides, put the curtain rings in the rod, hang your curtains and you are done.


Rod pocket curtains are simplest to stitch yet beautiful and elegant way to treat your windows elegantly. There are only 4 steps given to make the rod pocket curtains very easily.


  • Drapery fabric.
  • Ruler.
  • Scissors.
  • Thread, pins.
  • Iron
  • Sewing machine.

Step 1 – Cutting of the fabric.

Cut your fabric according to your dimensions of windows, but do not forget to add 12 inches to the length and 4 inches to the width for the purpose of hems and allowances.

Step 2 – Sew the curtain panel sides.

Fold the edges of fabric to an inch and iron it. Now again fold it and press it before you start doing the hems. Using a back stitch sew the length of the fabric and secure the ends of hems. Repeat this procedure on the other side of fabric too.

Step 3 – Prepare the hem top.

At the top hem you will insert the curtain rod, for this we will use hem of 3 inches right. Now fold it 3 inches in width before ironing it. To make the pocket away from the edge, sew along the bottom crease about an inch.

You can add header to your curtain to give it illusion of extra height. So, sew an inch from top of panel to create header of 1 inch

Step 4 – Sew the bottom hem.

Now hang your curtain to check how long or short it is. You will use the same procedure as we did for top hem, that is the 3 inches double fold. From the crease sew down the width of the panel about to quarter inch.


The pleated curtains as the name shows have pleats in them. The pleats make their look beautiful and elegant. There are many types of pleats like Goblet pleats, Box and French pleats. We will tell you how to sew goblet pleats curtains.

Measuring the window and the fabric:

Measure the length of windows and the fabric and add 4 inches to it for the extra use. The fabric should not be so delicate you won’t be able to make pleats on them. The width of fabric should be 3 inches greater than the window’s width.

Make the hems at the top and bottom:

At the top and bottom of the fabric make one inch hem.

Placing of pleats:

Mark 2 inches on the fabric at the edge. This will be the place for your first pleat. Now divide the remaining width of fabric to know how many pleats you want in this.

Measure the gap and mark them. Place two fingers under the fabric to make a cup. Pinch the fabric together under the cup with the other hand forming three pleats, secured with the pins.

Now the cup with some filling so that it could retain it’s shape. This would be the goblet of your pleat.

Sewing of pleats:

Remove the pins and sew the pleats with sewing machine, if you are confident that with pins attached, you can do it without replacing them. Here you have successfully made your pleated curtains at home.


Sheer curtains give the touch of elegance to your rooms as they are of chiffon, organza, silk. Though it is a little difficult task to manage all these types of fabrics as they are silky slippery, unruly and can easily be damaged while sewing.

But then, you have to do it if you want to have that priceless outlook of your home with a bit of more effort and handwork. So, now you can start with the following steps:


Luckily there are no cuts and patterns in the sheer curtains. However, it is a bit tricky to handle sheer fabrics because of their texture, but you can do it.

Place the fabric in between two layers of tissue paper, by pinning it make cuts with the scissors. You can also attach the fabric on card board with the pins and cut with the roller.

Pin up the fabric.

You may also use fine silk pins close to each other to control the fabric to avoid the damaging of fabric. The pins might be sharp so you need to be careful while placing them.


Well, if you want to have the perfect sheer curtains, you need to bear in mind 3 things. Yes, always use new sharp needles, make small stitches and choose very fine thread.

The best size for you for that matter is 70/10 needle, but if you notice the pushing of needle you might go for another one. With the fine cotton thread set the machine at about 15 stitches per inch.

Now to avoid slipping you can hold the fabric behind the needle, with the single hole throat pleat and straight foot.

Using of stabilizers.

For the delicate fabrics like chiffon and organza, it is good to use stabilizer, that can easily be removed and washed when you finish your stitching. For that matter, you may use a tissue paper in the start of your work to avoid snagging.


So, considering the importance of curtains , when it comes to home décor, you need to have the best for you, right? There is nothing like creating them in your favorite fabric and color scheme right at your home.

This means, no more waiting for the tailor or looking for the ready-made variety. All you have to do is to follow the easy steps and you can enjoy your DIY curtains.

Your aesthetic sense will not need extra money but only your efforts. So, go ahead and give it a try for yourself

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Scroll to Top