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DIY: No-Sew Curtains

After PN reader Wendy Bowman’s nursery-in-progress caught our eye, we asked her to guest blog this awesome tutorial for us. Turns out Wendy is a professional muralist and etsy shop owner. Thanks for sharing Wendy!

Windows are a natural place to add style and color when you’re decorating a room. Lucky for us, adding beautiful curtains to your child’s room doesn’t need to cost any more than the price of 5-6 yards of fabric and some iron-on adhesive. Not to mention, you don’t have to know a single thing about sewing! You’ll also need an iron, tape measure, scissors and a large flat workspace. I used HeatnBond Ultra Hold, which recommends pre-washing your fabric without using fabric softener. I was afraid of fraying, so I did not wash my 100% cotton fabric, but it still bonded easily.

Begin by measuring your fabric panels for the desired length based on your window dimensions. Add two extra inches for the top and bottom hems, and cut each panel to the correct length. Next, working on the wrong side or back side of your fabric, place the HeatnBond tape with the paper side up onto the bottom edge of your fabric panel.

Carefully iron over the adhesive strip, making sure to hold the iron for about 2-3 seconds on each section of the paper backing.

Let cool; then peel off the paper.

Now, fold over about 3/4″ of the edge of the fabric, and iron to create a crease, holding the iron for 8-10 seconds on each section of the hem. Gently check to make sure the fabric has adhered.

Repeat all steps until you have folded over and bonded all four sides of your curtain panels. Clip on curtain rings to each of your panels, and then slide them onto your curtain rod. I used seven rings per panel, but it’ll depend on the width of your curtains.

Voila—a designer look for a fraction of the price, and you can say you did it yourself!

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About the author
Houston, Texas artist, Wendy Bowman has enjoyed over 12 years as a professional children's muralist specializing in custom nursery design. Wendy is mom to Bradley (11), and she is now expecting a second son at the end of August!
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  • SMS

    great tutorial! I am also a non-sewer. What I also would like to know is, where did she get such great coral print fabric?? We have the girl’s version of the PBK surf bedding & it would look cute in the room.

  • http://www.thetastefulllife.blogspot.com Tiffany

    This may be a stupid question but how do you make sure to cut your fabric straight, with precision? I looked online and found some advice about following the weave of the fabric but oftentimes it’s so small that I find it impossible. I just finished my first project since middle school (a changing pad cover!) and luckily it didn’t matter much that it wasn’t cut perfectly but I think it would be noticable on curtains. Suggestions?

  • http://www.wendyswalls.com Wendy Bowman

    Hi SMS!

    The fabric is by Premier Prints and it is called Coral White/True Turquoise.
    Here’s a link to copy and paste in your browser:
    http://www.fabric.com/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductID=0b67fdcb-be26-400b-ba09-803ed4e029bd

  • http://www.wendyswalls.com Wendy Bowman

    Tiffany,

    Hi Tiffany!

    Good question. I invested in some good quality sharp fabric scissors. Line your fabric up evenly keeping it folded in half as it came from the factory. Use a tape measure to check and make sure it is the same length on each side. Make a chalk line and use this as a guide once you have the two sides measured equally. Or, try to eyeball the grain. The grain on this Premier Prints coral fabric is large because it is a medium weight canvas-like material. With other fabrics that have a tiny grain, I will rely on the print as a reference.

    For examplle, I had a green vines fabric, so I needed to make sure the print did not start accidentally going at a diagonal. I folded it in half and made sure the same exact row of leaves were meeting on each side before I cut. If you do have any wobbly areas once you have already cut it across, simply trim it up to be straight before applying the heatnbond.

    You should do just fine!

  • http://www.moen.com Olivia at Moen

    What a great idea for a DIY project! Have you used this technique before?

  • http://www.thetastefulllife.blogspot.com Tiffany

    Wendy Bowman,

    Thanks so much for the advice!!

  • http://www.wendyswalls.com Wendy Bowman

    Olivia at Moen,

    Yes, I made valances for my first home’s kitchen. I took them down to wash them each year, and they always survived the washing machine just fine, too! There are many types of no-sew hem adhesive on the market. Some have a paper backing as used in the tutorial, and some do not. For the type without the paper, you must iron down your 3/4 inch fold first forming the crease. Then place the tape inside the fold, and then press for 8-10 seconds per section. I grew up calling the no-sew hem tape “wunder under”. We used it for items in high school drillteam back in 1989!

  • http://www.wendyswalls.com Wendy Bowman

    Tiffany,

    You’re welcome! That is a very important step to beautiful no-sew curtains. Have fun!

  • http://www.projectnursery.com Melisa

    Thank you so much for sharing today Wendy! Keep us posted on the nursery and that baby boy of yours!!! xo, Melisa

  • http://www.wendyswalls.com Wendy Bowman

    Melisa,

    Sure thing, Melisa! I’m so happy to share anytime :o)
    ~ Wendy

  • SMS

    Thank you!!

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  • http://www.wendyswalls.com Wendy Bowman

    Brandi,

    Thanks Brandi!

  • Nicole-Lynn

    Melissa – Lay out your fabric with a mat or something underneath for protection and use a rotary cutter. It cuts very clean, smooth. I had to cut burlap fabric for table runners and it worked wonderful!

    Great tutorial! I need to try this! :)

  • Samantha

    Where did you get the clip on curtain rings? I am definitely going to be trying this project!! I never did anything like this before – but I think I can handle it!!

  • http://www.wendyswalls.com Wendy Bowman

    Samantha,

    Overstock. I also saw some at Tuesday Morning. Thanks for checking out the tutorial!
    ~ Wendy

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  • Kelly

    Hi Wendy,

    I am planning on trying your method to make curtains for our nursery and I have a question :) How would you suggest/ Do you think I could add fabric liner? – I was thinking I could cut a more narrow section of liner (by about around 3/4″), iron the liner onto the fabric with the adhesive and then follow your directions — What do you think?

    Thanks so much!

  • http://www.wendyswalls.com Wendy Bowman

    Hi Kelly!

    I think that will work just fine. I did not prewash my fabric and the heatnbond ultra still worked just fine. My fabric is 100% cotton. If your liner is some other blend with poly, for example, you may want to prewash it. Other than that, your plan sounds like it will work wonderfully, and that is exactly how I would do it.

    ~Wendy

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  • Stella Hall

    Great look and tutorial! I’m a sewer but sometimes prefer to use heat bonding on certain hems when I don’t want stitching to show or for a quick school or kids project. Just a word of caution to anyone using it on a light-weight fabric, the ultra is very strong and really melts into the fabric and might show on the “right” side of fabric. So do a test on a snip of fabric first and use a lighter bonding product if necessary.

  • http://www.doordiy.wordpress.com Julie

    We just installed no sew curtains in our bedroom. I can’t believe how well they turned out and how easy the no sew technique was! We detailed our experience at our blog. This is something I’ll definitely try again.

    Thanks for sharing your curtains. I love that fabric!

  • http://www.eurocell.co.uk/ George Pepper

    We just had a new PVC window installed in the nursery and I had been wanting to make some curtains before the baby arrived. I followed this guide and they turned out great! Thanks for the tips :)

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  • http://diyonthecheap.blogspot.com Erin Spain

    These are great! Just wanted to let you know I featured these on my blog today, in an article about the many different types and techniques of “no-sew” window treatments.

    -Erin
    diyonthecheap.blogspot.com

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  • http://www.facebook.com/irina.snyder Irina Snyder

    those look great and would complete my beach themed nursery! where can i find those exact curtains?

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