Attaching inexpensive accessories to your drapes will help you shorten them without sewing a new hemline. For example, folding down the header and securing it with a row of decorative brooches or pins will create a new length. Display a collection of pins honoring your favorite sports team, club or charity near the upper edge to create an eclectic border out of reach of small children. Visit a dollar store, flea market or craft shop that sells inexpensive brooches and add a touch of sparkle to your resized drapes.
Hang the prewashed and pressed drapes by folding the top edge down on the drapery hardware. Stand back to view how much higher you want to raise the lower edge. Decide the best length and proportions.
Insert straight pins along the upper edge to help keep the new upper hem width in place. Use a yardstick to help keep the lower hem at a consistent height off of the floor or window sill, or measure down from a low ceiling.
Remove the curtain panels from the rod and place the panels on a large, flat surface. Keep the straight pins in place.
Insert decorative pins or brooches to keep the upper hem in place to form a new rod pocket. For example, the pins can be placed at regular intervals on a straight horizontal line aligned with a yardstick. For a more eclectic look, try arranging the pins in a geometric pattern, such as diagonal lines. Remove the straight pins.
Hang your resized curtain back on the rod and stand back to see the effect from both inside and outside your window. Adjust the decorative pins to improve the hang, if necessary.