Colorful towels can be repurposed as curtains for a child's room.

How to Make Kids Curtains Out of Towels

by L. Christine Shepard

Curtains for a kid’s bedroom should reflect a sense of playfulness. Charming and easy care towels fit the bill for the job. By utilizing a no-sew grommet technique, terrycloth or tea towels chosen to fit a specific window can be transformed into curtains. This inexpensive and uncomplicated window treatment also can be applied to bathroom and kitchen curtains. Once the grommet technique is mastered, you can use it to make a shower curtain or an outdoor canvas shade.

Measure the height and width of the window. For a two-panel curtain that opens in the center, each towel should be 3/4 the width of the window. Match the towel length to the window length, or position the curtain to cover the lower portion of the window only.

Insert straight pins at the grommet locations, which should be 1 inch from the top edge of the towels and spaced 6 inches apart. The beginning and end grommets should be positioned 3/4 inch from the sides. Cut small slits in the towels at the grommet locations with scissors.

Push the male portion of the grommet into a slit from the right side of the towel. Push the female portion of the grommet into the male portion from the wrong side of the towel. Place the towel on a secure flat surface such as a table. Center the grommet tool on the female grommet portion and firmly pound it into the male portion with a hammer.

Create grommets in all grommet locations. Insert S-hooks in the grommets. Insert a tension curtain rod in the inside frame of the window. Hook the S-hooks over the rod.

Items you will need

  • Tape measure
  • Straight pins
  • Scissors
  • Grommets, 1/4-inch
  • Grommet tool
  • Hammer
  • S-hooks
  • Tension rod


  • Hang the towel curtains from ribbon for a different look.


  • Pound in grommets while centering the tool to avoid uneven grommets.

About the Author

L. Christine Shepard has been a print journalist since 1994, covering news, home improvement, gardening and food for the "Oakland Press," "Rochester Post," "Troy Times" and "Michigan Meetings and Events" magazine. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Oakland University and received the Michigan Press Association award for journalism.

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