My (accidental) No-Sew Curtains

Want to see what we did Sunday afternoon?

We hung curtains!

This window used to look like this:

ICK! So empty looking.

But now, so lovely.

Last Saturday, we went to Hancock Fabrics and picked out the fabric (for 50% off!), then stopped by Home Depot for the curtain rod and hanger clips.

Then yesterday afternoon, we launched into action!  And if you don’t think you can make anything, check out my Lazy way of making curtains…trust me, anyone can do this!

First I explained to Harrison how I wanted to hang the curtain rod.  I wanted to cheat them a little to the left (ha! “A Little to the Left”…Gilmore Girls anybody??) to make the window look a little wider than it really is (thank you, Young House Love).

Harrison was excited to have the chance to use his tools:

I moved on to the fabric.  I know I have a sewing tape measure somewhere, but remember this is the quick and lazy way, so I just grabbed the tape measure after Harrison used it.

I wanted them to just touch the floor, so I measure from the curtain rod to the floor for the length (we were going to use hanging clips to hang them, which added about 2 inches, so I just used the length and didn’t add for the hem, since the clips evened it out).

The total distance of the curtain rod was 36 inches, so I just divided by two for the width and added two inches to each for the hem.

The most difficult part of the entire project was dragging the sewing machine out of the closet! (Yes, it’s been in there for a while.)  Now I know you’re thinking, “Wait a minute, you said ‘No-Sew Curtains’ ????” Yes, I did, but I’ll get to that.

After cutting the panels, I did the one non-lazy step.  I actually ironed down the edges to do the hem. That’s probably the first time I’ve used the iron since we got it as a wedding present :-/

Back to the sewing machine.  Like I said, it’s been a while.  So after a little confusion on how to thread the bobbin,(yep, I called my mom for instructions) I was ready to rock.

But as I said “Here goes nothing” and sat down at the machine with the fabric, I noticed something looked funny.

There was no foot.



But we had Community Group at our house that night….and the curtain rod was already up….and I couldn’t just leave it!

So what did I do?

Pinned the edges down and hung ‘em up.

And I even got compliments on my handiwork at group that night!

Don’t worry, I have every intention of buying a replacement foot and sewing these up, but until then, we will enjoy the (accidental) No-Sew Curtains.

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