Looking for an easy, simple hack for no sew curtains? Here are step-by-step directions to create high end no sew curtains in minutes.
Have you ever noticed that it’s the simple things that sometimes bring the most joy?
It’s that moment when the ordinary turns into something extraordinary.
Just like this makeover.
See these curtains in the yellow and blue and white bedroom makeover?
I made them with one of my favorite no sew curtain hacks ever.
I’ve seen curtains like this that are super high end and cost between $75-$100 a panel.
But these curtains?
I took these simple everyday, inexpensive curtains and transformed them into SO MUCH MORE.
Want to know how I did it?
Grab some coffee and come sit by me.
When Whitney and I designed this room she told me she wanted curtains. She loved the idea of closing off the windows and opening them in the morning. I knew we needed something that was light and bright and airy—especially for the upcoming Texas summer.
I wanted curtains that let light in.
We looked at different patterns and ended up deciding to go with white curtains the same color as the walls to soften the window and create a more finished look to the space.
You’d think that finding light, white, bright curtains that let light in would be easy.
You’d be wrong.
Most of the curtains that I found were either too short (84″) or felt cheap or were too sheer or were too expensive.
And then I found these.
The LENDA curtains from IKEA.
You can see them here.
They are made out of 100% cotton with a heavyweight and feel and look just like linen. The weave is slightly larger and there’s a tiny woven stripe that runs vertically on the curtain panel every six inches or so. The curtains are 98″ long and look super high end.
And the best part?
They are only $24.99 for the PAIR.
But here’s their challenge.
They are tab top curtains.
I’m not a fan of tab top curtains. They just never hang right for me and they kind of glump together and when I try to open and close them they don’t really glide along the curtain rod and half the time the curtain rod falls down.
So what’s a girl who loves everything else about these curtains to do?
Here’s my easy no sew curtain hack.
Hack for no sew curtains: Cut off the tabs
Simply cut off the tabs.
I just took a pair of scissors and cut off the tabs. You could use a stitch ripper and take out the hem and remove the tabs and then sew them back together.
You could just go all no sew and cut them off.
Clip the rings
It’s not a perfect solution. There are still little bits of fraying string sometimes and occasionally I cut the top of the curtain by accident, but those are minor imperfections.
When you trim off the pieces of string and clip on these gold rings and hang up the curtain you won’t even notice the imperfections.
The curtains just look perfect.
Here’s my best clip trick.
Do NOT skimp on the brass clips. I use two packages for each curtain and clip them almost every three inches. It makes them hang so much better and there aren’t any gaps or hanging curtain parts that glump down. After you clip the curtains on and hang them up, arrange the clips so the curtains hang neatly in place.
Hang the curtains
When I hang the curtains up, I pull them up over the molding and close to the ceiling to make the room appear taller.
It’s just like when you are short and you wear beige wedges to elongate your legs. These curtains are just like that.
When you cut off the tabs, you take off about 4″ from the curtain length which makes them about 94″. It’s the perfect height for a room with eight-foot ceilings. I got the curtain rods and the clips at Home Depot. I’ve shopped everywhere and it was the most inexpensive place to buy brass clips.
And when you pull the curtains, they just glide across the curtain rod on those clips.
What are some other hacks for no sew curtains?
I love no sew curtain hacks. There are so many amazing ideas to make no sew curtains for your home. Here are some of my favorites:
- these no sew drop cloth curtains
- clip on dishtowels or pillow cases to a rod make a simple valance
- use fabric glue to add pom poms to an existing curtain
- use shower curtains or tablecloths and clip onto a rod
- create a valance by draping a piece of material over the rod
- stencil drop cloths to make curtains
How wide should curtains be?
The more curtain width that you have the more luxurious and expensive the curtains will look. Typically you’ll want to have curtains that have a combined width of 2 to 2/12 times the width of the window. The wider your curtains are, the more clips you’ll need to help them hang properly. I used two packages of clips on each curtain. The general rule for clips is to hang them every 3″ to 4″.
Should you wash curtains before hanging?
This is one of the most commonly asked questions that I get. Myself? I don’t typically wash the curtains. I’m usually in too much of a rush to see what they look like. I hang them up and use a steamer or wrinkle-free spray to remove the wrinkles. If you do wash them, just be careful. Most curtains tend to shrink when washed. For example, these IKEA curtains state they have a shrinkage percentage of 4% when washed. So make sure to wash them before you hang the curtains up.
What are some hacks for hanging curtains?
Curtains are one of the easiest ways to hide a challenge in your room and one of the easiest ways to correct a random window placement in a space without spending a lot of money to fix a problem. For example, if a window is off-center, you can hang the curtains evenly over the space to disguise the off-center window.
Here are some of my other curtain hanging hacks:
- Hang curtains almost to the ceiling to create the impression of height in a space.
- Hang roman shades higher than the molding on the window to create the illusion of larger windows
- Hang curtains over a large opening to create a feeling of coziness in the space
- Hang full-length curtains over a shorter window and move a piece of furniture underneath to create more of a visual statement.
How can I make cheap curtains look more expensive?
There’s no need to pay a lot of money for curtains when you can make cheaper curtains look more expensive with a few simple tips.
- Weight them down–curtains that hang properly look more expensive. Use small weights in the hem to help them to hang properly.
- Line them up—when using clips with curtains, line them up on the rod with even spacing. This helps create a tailored look to the curtains.
- Hang them slightly higher and wider than the window frame
- Chose rods and hardware that makes a statement.
No sew curtains.
See what I mean?
It’s always the simplest things that make me the happiest.
And now? This post?
total aside: I’m so sorry. I just couldn’t resist. You know you were thinking it too. 🙂