Take accurate measurements of the window before you choose the sheet.

How to Make No-Sew Curtains Out of a Sheet

by Amanda Bell

In a pinch, you may have pinned a sheet on your window frame for privacy until you found time to make or purchase curtains or draperies. However, you can create an eye-catching, elegant curtain with those same sheets and a few extra products, all without a sewing machine. This fast, no-sew method is ideal for rooms where you want lots of natural light, or if your child wants a specific character theme for his bedroom: A flat sheet with a character print is often less-expensive than a matching curtain in the design. Purchase one flat sheet for each curtain panel, utilizing a thinner product for a sheer look or a higher-thread count for more privacy.

1 Measure the window, going from a few inches out from the frame on each side to where you want the curtains to meet in the middle. Multiply the width by 1 1/2 to 2 to find the total width of your curtains.

2 Hem the curtains if necessary. Fold the bottom edge so that the sheet is the length you want and then iron the crease to set it. Place a piece of hemming tape in the crease, pushing it right up against the fold, and iron it according to the manufacturer's directions. Cut away any excess fabric without cutting the tape.

3 Lay the curtain face-up on a solid work surface or floor. If you didn’t hem the curtain, use what would be the top of the flat sheet, with the thicker hem, as the bottom of the curtain.

4 Mark the sheet along the top evenly with fabric chalk and a yardstick to indicate where you want the clips or grommets.

5 Clip the curtain with the decorative curtain clips over the fabric chalk marks, or install grommets if desired. Center the template that came with your product over the marks you made with the chalk. Outline each circle with chalk and then cut away the fabric inside of the circle with sharp shears. Snap the grommets into place according to the manufacturer's directions.

6 Hang the curtains on a curtain rod, sliding the clips or grommets over it.

Items you will need

  • Measuring tape
  • Flat sheet(s)
  • No-sew hemming tape
  • Iron
  • Ironing board
  • Shears
  • Fabric chalk
  • Yardstick or measuring tape
  • Curtain clips
  • Grommet kit
  • Curtain rod with hardware

Tips

  • Take a list of standard flat-sheet sizes with you when choosing a product for your no-sew curtains A twin flat sheet is 75-by-105 inches; a full is 86-by-105 inches; a queen sheet is 92-by-110; and a king is 114-by-110. If your measurement is in between two sizes, size up and use hemming tape to tailor it to your window. Size can vary by manufacturer, so always check the dimensions listed on the packaging.
  • Apply a no-sew applique border around the bottom or edges of the curtain panel to enhance it.
  • Add decorative tiebacks to dress up the curtains.

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