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How to Make an Organza Light Curtain

by Linda Erlam

An organza curtain whispers into the room; hinting at privacy, nodding to elegance, paying homage to the classics in window treatments. Fit them under drapes, curtains or side panels to soften the view and add sun-bleach protection for your precious wood floors and fabric upholstery. Tie them back in overblown swags, add a bow tied from satin ribbon for a girl’s room, or employ a tassel tieback to elevate them to living room status.

Choose your curtain rod and measure the circumference. Because organza is sheer, a clear plastic rod is best suited to this curtain. Measure the width the rod will occupy on the window or wall. Measure from the left to the right edge and add twice the amount of space from the front of the rod to the wall for the finished curtain width.

Determine the finished required length of the curtains from the top of the curtain rod to the bottom of the hemmed curtain. Calculate the fabric cut length by adding 6 inches to the finished length for the bottom hem, plus the rod circumference, plus 1/2 inch for ease and 1/2 inch for the top seam allowance for the rod casing. For example, if the curtain must be finished to 60 inches, and the rod circumference is 2 inches, the fabric cut length must be 69 inches.

The cut width of the fabric for a single-panel curtain is twice the finished curtain with plus 3 inches. If you are constructing a curtain that splits in the middle, divide this figure in half and add 1 1/2 inches.

Cut the organza to these measurements, adding sections together if necessary. If you must add sections, add them by sewing the panels wrong sides together with a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Turn the panels right sides together and sew 1/2 inch from the previous seam. This creates an enclosed seam which will not fray.

Turn the bottom edge of the panels up 3 inches and press the fold. Turn the hem another 3 inches and press the second fold. Sew close to the first fold to create the bottom hem.

Turn each side edge over 3/4 inch, twice, and press. Sew as close as possible to the second fold creating the side hems. Slip a drapery weight into the bottom of the side hem and slip-stitch the bottom edge closed by hand, encasing the weight in the side hem.

Turn the top edge over 1/2 inch and press the fold. Create the top rod pocket by folding the top down a second time a distance equal to half the circumference of the curtain rod plus 1/2 inch. Press the top edge and sew across the curtain close to the first fold, securing the top rod pocket.

Thread the rod through the top pocket to complete the project.

Items you will need

  • Curtain rod
  • Tape measure
  • Organza
  • Scissors
  • Straight pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Matching thread
  • Drapery weights 1/2-inch wide
  • Hand-sewing needle


  • If your organza is very slippery; use iron-on spray starch to add body during construction. The starch will either wash out with a warm rinse, or will evaporate with use.
  • Clear curtain rods are available through curtain makers and drapery supply stores.


  • Organza can be very heat-sensitive; check your iron temperature.

About the Author

Linda Erlam started writing educational manuals in 1979. She also writes a biweekly newspaper column, "Design Dilemmas," in the "Lakeshore News" and has been published in "Design and Drapery Pro" magazine. Erlam is a graduate of the Sheffield School of Interior Design and is a practicing interior decorator and drapery workroom operator.

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