Introduction

Adding window treatments is an inexpensive way to create a new look for your home or apartment. When it all boils down, you just need to measure the window, trim/cut the fabric and sew the hems on the top and bottom. This DIY project allows you to quickly create color and dimension and personalize any room in your home.

You will need:

Step 1

Determine the Final Size Needed

Determine the size of your finished curtains by measuring the length of the window area. Start at the curtain rod and finish at the floor, or wherever you want the curtains to end. Add approximately 20” to this measurement to allow for hemming at the top and bottom of the curtain panels.

Determine the width of the curtains by allowing 1½ to 3 times the width of the window. Allowing more fabric gives your curtains an extra full effect.

Step 2

Prep and Cut Fabric

Wash and dry the curtain fabric to preshrink it before sewing. Iron out all creases and wrinkles.

Cut your fabric panels to size. To cut long lengths of fabric, you can fold the yardage in half (for two panels) or in quarters (if making 4 panels). The RazorEdge™ Fabric Shears for Tabletop Cutting work well for this task because the unique offset handle design keeps the fabric flat as you cut along the table. The blades are razor sharp and cut precisely all the way to the end.  Alternatively, you can cut each panel using the 6” x 24" Rotary Cutter and Ruler Combo. The rotary blade is connected to the ruler so it is easier to maneuver for cutting long panels of fabric. The ruler also features a measuring grid with highlighted numbers that are easy to see on light or dark fabric.

How To: Linen Window Treatment

How To: Linen Window Treatment

Cut a long swathe of fabric using the tabletop shears.

Photo by: Fiskars

Fiskars

Cut a long swathe of fabric using the tabletop shears.

How To: Linen Window Treatment

How To: Linen Window Treatment

Trim fabric to exact size with the rotary ruler.

Photo by: Fiskars

Fiskars

Trim fabric to exact size with the rotary ruler.

Step 3

Sew and Hem Sides of Panels

Sew two panels together lengthwise to make double width panels in order to achieve the desired fullness.

Hem the sides of each curtain panel by pressing the raw edge 1/2” to the wrong side. Fold over again by a further 1/2” and press. Pin, then stitch the hem down. Repeat for both side seams on each curtain panel.

Step 4

Create the Curtain Rod Pocket

To make the curtain rod pocket along the top edge of the curtains, fold over the top edge of each panel by 1” and press with an iron. Fold over the edge again by a further 4”. Stitch down to secure, creating a pocket along the top edge of the curtain panel.

How To: Linen Window Treatment

How To: Linen Window Treatment

Create a 4-inch rod pocket along the top edge.

Photo by: Fiskars

Fiskars

Create a 4-inch rod pocket along the top edge.

Step 5

Hem the Bottom

Hang the curtain panels on the curtain rod. Use pins to mark the bottom hem, ensuring that it is straight. Remove the panels from the curtain rod and press the hem along the pinned line. Press the raw edge of the curtain panels to the wrong side. Pin the hem in place and stitch.

Step 6

Hang the Curtains

Hang the curtains back on the curtain rod and enjoy your updated window treatment.