How to Make Curtain Panels

How to Make Curtain Panels
How to Make Curtain Panels
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It's great to receive hand-me-down curtains when you're tight on money, but these curtains might not be the correct length or fit your personal style and home decor. When you learn How to Make Curtain Panels you can make your curtains the exact length you want them while also adding a trendy and cute contrast to the pattern of your curtains. Use a solid color window panel to match if you have curtains with a design on them. Learning how to sew curtain panels is so easy, and you'll love how it completely transforms your curtains.

Estimated Cost$11-$20

Time to CompleteIn an evening

Primary TechniqueHome Decor


Project TypeMake a Project

Materials List

  • Curtain panels and co-ordinating fabric yardage
  • Sewing machine, thread and pins
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Tailors Chalk
  • Amplify RazorEdge Serrated Fabric Shears (8")
  • Acrylic Ruler (6" x 24")
  • Micro-Tip Scissors (No. 5)


  1. Hang your curtains and to determine the length of fabric required to reach the floor. For example: the panels in our curtains are 13” in length and will need an extra 4” of fabric added to the finished length of the curtains. Add an additional 4” to the final length measurement to allow for seam allowance and hemming.

  2. Measure the width of your existing curtain panel and add 4” to this measurement. This will be the required width of your solid fabric.

  3. Mark your cutting lines using tailors chalk and the acrylic ruler, using the dimensions from step 1 and step 2.

  4. Cut your fabric using the Amplify® Serrated Shears. These shears are perfect for cutting heavy weight home dec fabrics as well as sheer panels and voiles.

  5. Hem the sides of the solid fabric panels by turning each side 1” to the wrong side and pressing with an iron. Turn over by 1” again (to hide the raw edge) and press. Pin then stitch the sides of each solid panel. Lay the solid panel on top of the existing curtain and check the widths are equal.

  6. Next you need to determine where to pin the solid panel to the existing curtain. Lay out your curtain panel and measure from the top of the panel down. We pinned our panels 74” down from the top edge of the curtain to create 86” long curtains. Pin the right side of the solid panel to the right side of the curtain, using the acrylic ruler to check you have pinned it in a perfectly straight line.

  7. Use a basting stitch to temporarily sew the solid panel to the curtain. We recommend hanging each curtain to check the position of each solid panel before permanently sewing the seam.

  8. Once you are satisfied with the position of the solid panel, sew it to the rest of the curtain and remove the basting stitches using the Micro-tip® scissors. Hang the curtains once more to determine hem length. Turn up the bottom edge of the solid panel to the wrong side and pin in place. Since the curtains are hanging from the rod, you can determine whether the hem is straight or adjust accordingly. Use the Acrylic Ruler to measure the distance from the bottom of the hem to the floor.

  9. Carefully remove the curtains from the rod and press the hem you marked with pins. Tuck the fabric’s raw edge under the fold to hide it and prevent fraying. Sew the hem.

  10. Trim any loose threads with the Micro-tip® scissors and hang the curtains for the final time.

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Very practical solution for adjusting curtain length. I have done this when I just did not have enough fabric on hand! If it is a simple rod pocket, I have added fabric to both the top and bottom, and sometimes even the sides if the width needs more coverage. Sometimes this actually makes for a more interesting finished curtain, and looks better thank the plain original! If the fabric doesn't have enou weight or drape, I have sewn in a nickel coin or metal washer into each corner to keep,it weighed down and straight. Great and clear instructions, thanks!

Having moved to a new home just a week ago, curtains are a work in progress. The curtains from the family room in our previous house are lovely, less than a year old, but too short for our new family room so what a great idea to lengthen them with panels of plain fabric. Actually that has just given me an idea for the old sittingroom curtains too so looks like I am going to be busy for the next day or two. lol

I grew up in the Army, watching my mother turn bedspreads and sheets into curtains, then next posting turn those sheet/curtains into bedspreads to match the bedspread curtains from the last house - amazing what one can do with imagination and determination.


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