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DIY Window Curtains

March 13, 2015

FABULOUS tutorial for DIY Window Curtains! Add these inexpensive window treatments to your home decor! by 3 Little Greenwoods for Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body!

Hey, everyone! I'm Ashley and I blog over at 3 Little Greenwoods. At 3 Little Greenwoods I love sharing all sorts of easy crafts, DIY home decor, effortless entertaining tips and Southern recipes. I am so happy to be at Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body for my first contributor post!

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Today I am so excited to share a tutorial for DIY Window Curtains. These are easy no-sew curtains that look designer without the crazy high price tag.

Wait.

Maybe I should start this introduction with a confession.

Like… “Hello. My name is Ashley and I recently overcame a GotToHaveWindowTreatmentsForever-phobia.”

You see I have a vivid memory of my grandmother hiring a professional seamstress to design, sew, and install window treatments for each room of her home. They were made from beautifully patterned, heavy fabric. And they cost a fortune.

These same window treatments hung in her home for the next thirty years.

So in my mind choosing curtains was a serious, life long commitment.

But not anymore. Let me show you how simple to make window curtains can add a huge punch of color and decorator look to your home.  This post contains some affiliate links.  Click here to read my full disclosure policy.

Materials Needed for DIY Window Curtains:

FABULOUS tutorial for DIY Window Curtains! Add these inexpensive window treatments to your home decor! by 3 Little Greenwoods for Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body

Steps to Create DIY Window Curtains:

We are in the process of updating our Southern Gentleman's Inspired Home Office on a small budget.  So I wanted these window curtains to be as inexpensive as possible.

That means that Wal-Mart was my first stop. Sure enough I found a huge 54″ x 84″ curtain panel for less than $8. The width allowed me to cut it in half to create two 27″ x 84″ curtains.

Fusible Webbing tape was used to finish the cut sides of the new curtains. Simply make a one inch fold then glue it together with the fusible webbing. Follow all package instructions when using.

FABULOUS tutorial for DIY Window Curtains! Add these inexpensive window treatments to your home decor! by 3 Little Greenwoods for Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body

After the solid color panels were completely hemmed and ironed, I moved on to the patterned piece of the diy window curtain. Being the lazy girl I am I didn't even unfold the patterned fabric before I cut it in half. Simply cutting up the fold gave me a 24″ long piece. The width was cut to 27″. This created a 24″ x 27″ patterned panel for the top.

Just like the unfinished edges of the first panel I used the fusible webbing tape to add a one inch hem all around.

The length of the curtain needed to be 94″ long. To add an extra ten inches to the pre-made panels simply adjust the patterned panel to the measurement then use the fusible tape to secure it in place.

FABULOUS tutorial for DIY Window Curtains! Add these inexpensive window treatments to your home decor! by 3 Little Greenwoods for Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body

It was easy to attach tabs to the back of each diy window curtain. Hot glue and a three inch strip of scrap fabric made the perfect loop for threading a curtain rod through. A dot of hot glue at the top and bottom of the strip held it in place.

FABULOUS tutorial for DIY Window Curtains! Add these inexpensive window treatments to your home decor! by 3 Little Greenwoods for Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body

Pretty ribbon was attached with fusible webbing to hide the seam where the solid panel and patterned piece met. It's a great detail that adds another pop of color to the diy window curtains.

FABULOUS tutorial for DIY Window Curtains! Add these inexpensive window treatments to your home decor! by 3 Little Greenwoods for Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body

I repeated these steps to make enough window curtains for the three windows in our home office. The entire DIY project took a couple of afternoons but it was so worth it. Just seeing them hanging in the office puts a big smile on my face!

FABULOUS tutorial for DIY Window Curtains! Add these inexpensive window treatments to your home decor! by 3 Little Greenwoods for Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body

The window curtains give a feel of sophistication and luxury to the room. Not to mention the wonderful punch of color and pattern our Southern Gentleman's Home Office needs.

FABULOUS tutorial for DIY Window Curtains! Add these inexpensive window treatments to your home decor! by 3 Little Greenwoods for Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body

FABULOUS tutorial for DIY Window Curtains! Add these inexpensive window treatments to your home decor! by 3 Little Greenwoods for Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body

Here's the Budget Breakdown for the DIY Window Curtains:

  • 3 54″ x 84″ solid color panel – $8 each
  • 2 yards patterned fabric – $15 (with 40% coupon)
  • 2 spools of 1 1/2″ wide, patterned ribbon – $4 (50% off)
  • Three DIY Window Curtains = $43.00

That comes out to less than $15 a window for fabulous, designer looking window treatments! Plus since they didn't cost a fortune if I want to change them out from something different then it won't break my heart (or my home decor budget)!

FABULOUS tutorial for DIY Window Curtains! Add these inexpensive window treatments to your home decor! by 3 Little Greenwoods for Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body

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Thanks so much to Tasha for allowing me to share my DIY Window Curtains tutorial with you! I hope you have been inspired to buy some fusible webbing and make curtains for your own home.

Meanwhile, I would love for you to come hang out with me over at my blog!  You can find me over at my blog 3 Little Greenwoods or connect with me on social media.

But before I go I've got ask: Is there a home decor accessory or project that you are afraid of? Anyone else out there afraid of window treatments like me?

 

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  1. Megan says:

    Nice touch to hide the panel joint with the ribbon! And I personally love that this whole idea is no-sew, given my extremely limited sewing skills :-)

  2. Candio says:

    I don’t understand how you constructed the patterned part such that it hangs from the curtain rod? I don’t know how the tabs work.

    • Tasha says:

      She added the tabs with strips and hot glue. It is not actually part of the top patterned piece. Hope that helps!

  3. Autumn says:

    Love this! As a school teacher I’ve often made these no sew curtains, but never thought to add fabric at the top of a store bought one for a designer look! In a pinch hot glue works too, but don’t recommend washing! Great post! Thanks!

  4. Shari says:

    How do these curtains hold up to being washed using the fusible webing?

    • Tasha A. says:

      Hi Shari! It depends upon the type of fusible webbing you use. Some brands actually say the bond gets STRONGER with washing, but you will need to read the package of whatever webing you use to be sure.

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  6. Millicent says:

    What type of curtain rods did you use? They look like they are mounted close to the wall and I like that.

  7. Kimberly says:

    These look fantastic! I’ve seen a lot of tutorials similar to this but yours look fabulous. They’re inspiring.

    Thank you!

  8. Surfer says:

    Hi,

    Thanks. Since you mentioned that you are ironing the cloth, then can we wash the cloth down the period ? Is it washable or dry cleanable ?

    Thanks

    • Tasha A. says:

      Hi Surfer–it depends on whether the fusible webbing you use is machine washable or not. Some are, some aren’t. I hope that helps!

  9. Tracy says:

    I love it! I think that this no-sew idea and the price will catch a LOT of people. It looks amazing and SO unique!!!!! Thanks for the tutorial!

  10. Candace says:

    Do you think it’s easier to attach fabric to the top or bottom? I have drapery with grommet tops so I was going to attach my fabric to the bottom
    Thanks! -Candace

  11. Lynx says:

    Looks great…I’m buying my first home in few weeks…I’m definetly going to try this throughout the whole house

  12. These are beautiful! Great job!

  13. heather says:

    Ashley! AMAZING job, and holy cow, these pictures are outstanding!!! Totally magazine material. Looks great. I’m inspired to try :)

  14. Hahaha! I remember my grandma doing the same thing, with coordinating pink floral fabric on the window treatments and the couches. I don’t know whether my grandpa was more upset about the pink, or how much he spent for everything to be pink!

    Great tutorial… The curtains look FABULOUS!!!

  15. Wow, this is SUCH a great way to make a huge impact in a room without spending a ton of money! I always thought of doing something similar but was intimidated by having to sew them. I love that you figured out a way to do it without sewing! Thank you for the great tutorial!

  16. Deonna Wade says:

    Yay! Ashley! I added some fabric to the bottom of Walmart curtains one time but yours look SOOO much better. Those colors together are so you :)

  17. Jamala says:

    Great color… The blue really pops

  18. It’s great that there’s no sewing needed. Thanks for the tutorial.
    I shared this article on my site DIY BEST POSTS.

  19. Beautiful curtains and awesome tutorial by the talented Ashley!

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