How to Sew Curtains

Learn how to make your own curtains with these DIY home decor tips!

By: Eugenia Kang, Editor,
How to Sew Curtains
How to Sew Curtains
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Purchasing curtains from the store can set you back hundreds of dollars. If you’re looking for a more affordable option that won’t skimp on quality, then keep reading to learn How to Sew Curtains. While some may think that curtains are just for covering windows, curtains can make a statement home decoration, too. It can be frustrating shopping for commercial curtains when you can’t find the color or size you need for your windows. Sewing DIY curtains will ensure that you get the best ones to suit your needs—after all, you know your décor taste best!

While it may seem intimidating to make DIY window décor, it’s actually much simpler and cheaper than you think. Even sewing novices can tackle this DIY home décor project. Below, you’ll find step-by-step instructions that break down this process, so it’s practically fool-proof. When you’re done, you can admire your craftsmanship and savvy choice whenever you use your curtains.  

Time to CompleteIn an evening


Primary TechniqueHome Decor


Project TypeMake a Project

Materials List

  • Fabric
  • Iron
  • Ironing board
  • Sewing machine
  • Pins
  • Scissors
  • Thread


  1. Before purchasing your fabric, make sure to determine how much you need by measuring your window. Typically, curtains should be between 1.5 to 3.0 times wider than the window. This will give your curtains folds and make them look more interesting. Since you will be sewing hems, the fabric should be at least 8-10 inches longer than the end of the window. Keeping in mind that the fabric will shrink a bit in the wash, add a few inches to both height and width. Check out this infographic for more information.

  2. Once you’ve bought your favorite fabric, prepare it before starting your curtains. This will help prevent fabric shrinkage. This is an especially important step if your fabric of choice is cotton blend. After drying the fabric, iron it to make it as flat as possible before cutting.  

  3. Lay the fabric on a flat area, like a table, to ensure your measurements will be as accurate as possible. Cut the fabric to the appropriate dimensions, making sure that the width is 1.5 to 3.0 times wider than the window and the length is roughly 8 inches longer than the window. The extra length will be used for the top and bottom hems.

  4. To hem the sides, turn the fabric onto the non-patterned side. Fold the fabric edge 1/2” and iron it. Fold the fabric another 1” and iron again. Then, pin this folded edge, placing a pin every 5” or so to prepare for sewing. Repeat with the opposite side edge.

  5. Sew the hem with your sewing machine, using the pins as your guide.

  6. To sew the bottom hem, fold the edge 1/2” and iron it. Then, fold again another 3-5” and iron. Pin the edge, just like in step 4, and sew with your machine.

  7. For the curtain rod pocket, fold the top edge 1/2” and iron it. Fold it another 2” and iron it. Pin the fold into place, and sew about 1/2” from the folded edge.

  8. Iron the entire finished curtain to get rid of any wrinkles. Hang it onto your curtain rod and enjoy!

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