Wednesday, March 27, 2013

SUPER easy, NO-sew, DIY Curtains


Super-Easy, DIY, No-Sew Curtains

Gloria here. Spring is on it's way and it's no better time to redecorate!  Goes hand in hand with spring cleaning, right?:)
But how to redecorate on a budget, without breaking the bank? Answer: No-Sew Curtains!
Not only are they inexpensive (dare I say CHEAP?) they are also fast, easy and can be so cute!!
This is the place to let your imagination soar. 


You need:
  • Fabric, lace, burlap, or whatever suits your style. ;)
  • Something to tie it up, like ribbon, lace, coordinating piece of fabric, string, hemp, whatever you come up with.




How to make the curtains:
  • Measure the length of the curtain rod that you are using.  You will need a piece of fabric, or lace this length at least. You could make it longer and have a gathered look to the curtain.
  • The width is up to you. I used a regular 44 inch wide piece of fabric because that is what I had and it fit the size of the window.  You could use less for a smaller window or even wider for a very large window. 
  • Lay the fabric over the rod so the long ends are even. Determine how many "swags" you want in your curtain.  Gently gather up the fabric and wrap the "ribbon" around the gathered fabric and rod.  (You may want help here.) Eyeball it to see if it is the right depth, not to tight to the rod, not to loose. Just do what looks good to you!
  • Do this as many times as you want.  And, you're done!


You could buy fabric if you don't have a stash to plunder.  One of my favorite places to buy fabric is online at fabric.com.  Be sure to sign up for their emails so you get the latest on sales and coupons.

(Julia here, popping in to say that I used this technique when designing the curtains for my bedroom makeover! And I LOOOVE the result. I just took this simple step further by adding two long panels underneath the no-sew swag curtains! This fabric was ordered from Fabric.com.) 

You could even use... sheets! This would be fun if you are trying to decorate a bedroom. Pick up a flat sheet from a thrift store or find one on sale, then trim to size.

Lace would make a gorgeous curtain, burlap is also trendy and just about anything will do!

I admit that I didn't even iron the fabric or finish off the ends because I was going for the country look. 
Let us know if you make some No-Sew Curtains. We would love to see what you create!

Happy decorating!
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56 comments:

  1. Ooh! They're beautiful! Great job. :) I might have to make some too.

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  2. Thank you Abby! You should, they're so easy... and it's fun changing things around! Especially with Spring upon us. :)

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  3. These are GORGEOUS!! Oh, I'm going to have to do make these someday. <3 Thank you ladies! And your blog is amazing!!!! I absolutely love it!
    ~Rachel~

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    1. Aww, thank you Rachel! I'm so glad you love our blog, we've been working hard on it. ;) And oh yes, I think these curtains are right up your alley! :)

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  4. This is a great idea! Did you do any sewing for the long panels that were added to the other windows?

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    1. Yes, we did, but you don't *have* to! We'd be happy to tell you how we did it if you want to sew it yourself... OR, you could use curtain-ring clips and hold up the panels behind the swag for a no-sew option.

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  5. Great idea. Love the gingham and bows. Curtains can be so expensive. I always try to make them myself when possible.

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    1. Oh yes, making your own curtains is a wonderful way to trim down that home-decor budget! :D Thanks for commenting!

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  6. Love them! When I redo my room in June I can totally make these certains! Thanks for sharing a great idea! -Abby S.

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    1. Thanks for dropping by, Abby S! Glad you like the idea!

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  7. Found your blog on the Thrifty Nifty things link up party and am following you guys. I love your curtain Idea!! I would love a follow back on my blog http://mynewfangledness.blogspot.com

    Thanks,
    Cassi

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    1. Thank you for commenting, Cassi, and we're glad you like the curtain idea!

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  8. Newest follower here! I found you through the blog hop. You have a super cute blog, I can't wait to read more. You can find me at meandmr.com

    -Melanie @meandmr.com

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    1. YAY!! We love new followers! :D Thanks so much! Since I designed our blog myself it's nice to hear that it looks cute. ;D We'll definitely check out your site!

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  9. So cute! Love that bedroom with the pine walls ~ Yum!
    I'm visiting you today from Wow Us Wednesdays. I hope you get a chance to stop by my blog and leave a comment and Link Up, too!
    ~ Megin of VMG206
    Medicine Cabinet Makeover

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    1. Thanks, Megin! I'll stop on by your blog and check it out! Thanks for commenting!
      Gloria

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  10. What a great idea! Julia, I love the look of the curtains in your room! Also, thanks for linking up at the Make Bake Create Party!

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    1. Thanks, Brandi! I really love them. :) And you're very welcome, thanks for hosting that fun party! :D

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  11. I have a very small strange shaped window that I need curtains for. This would be great especially since I cannot sew. Is there any issue with the ends fraying since they are not hemmed?

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    1. Good question, Christie. The answer is no because they are not touched. If you handled them or washed them they would probably fray. You could always cut the ends with pinking shears. (The scissors that make the little zig-zags.)Then they won't fray past the little points.
      If you don't have pinking shears, you could probably pick one up pretty cheap at Wal-Mart or a craft store.
      Hope that helps and thanks for commenting! :)
      Gloria

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  12. I love this! I am going to have to give this a try!

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    1. Wonderful! Let us know how you liked it! :D

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  13. Hi, Julia

    These turned out so beautiful! I love the fabric as well. I found your lovely blog on Shabby Creek Cottage link party and I enjoyed looking around your lovely blog. I am a new follower. Love for you to stop by www.diy180.com. Have a great weekend.

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    1. Hi Vanessa,

      Thanks! Thanks for the compliments and for being our new follower! We'll pop on over and take a look around. It's so fun meeting new people!
      Julia and Gloria

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  14. these are lovely, I really like the ribbon ties. Thank you for sharing at the hop, your participation makes the hop extra special. Big Hugs P.S. the new giveaway posted yesterday!

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  15. Thanks for the sweet comment! I'll check out the giveaway.
    Gloria

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  16. Great idea! Thanks so much for sharing at Marvelous Mondays. Pinned to my Marvelous Mondays board. Have a great week!

    Julie @ This Gal Cooks

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    1. Thanks for commenting and pinning!
      Gloria

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  17. Love this tutorial! The pictures make it easy to understand...I'll definitely be trying this! Newest follower here from a link party tonight! :) Thanks!
    Danielle @snipetsofinspiration.com

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    1. Thanks for following and commenting! :) Send us a pic if you do try it.
      Gloria

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  18. Love this! {Pinned ! } I hate taking out my sewing machine :-) Thank you for sharing at our ALL MY BLOGGY FRIENDS party !

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    1. Thanks for pinning and commenting! Your party is great.
      Gloria

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  19. Wonderful idea!! I love that first photo with the checked material!! Such a cute idea and I love the look. Thank you so much for joining me for my party! So nice to have you!
    Blessings,
    Doni

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    1. Thanks for the kudos and for leaving a comment!
      Have a blessed day!
      Gloria

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  20. Too cute and so easy! I would love for you to link up at SHOW-licious Craft Showcase.

    Just follow the link......http://sew-licious.blogspot.com/2013/04/show-licious-craft-showcase-26.html.

    Marti

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    1. Thanks for the invite. We linked up! :)
      Gloria

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  21. These are darling! Just think of the combinations of fabric and ribbon! You could even change them out for the seasons.
    Thanks so much for sharing!
    Ashley Rane Sparks
    www.makeitrane.com

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    1. Thanks for commenting! I'm glad you liked the idea!
      Gloria

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  22. These are so cute and simple. Thanks for linking them up to Think Tank Thursday. I've featured you today.
    http://www.saving4six.com/2013/04/welcome-to-think-tank-thursday-25.html

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    1. Wow, thank you very much! And we're glad you liked the curtains!

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  23. So you sort of let the rod rest in the inner (lengthwise) fold of the fabric (I've got fabric for curtains draped over my ironing board, as we speak...ok, as I type)? So that if I had 44 in. wide fabric, once folded over the rod, about 22 inches would hang down on both sides of the rod? Which would be great...instantly lined no sew curtains!

    Your pictures (curtains, room, decor) are beautiful. Reminding me of a sweet bed and breakfast I visited once...thanks so much for the great idea! Lynaea @ EveryDayBloom.com

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    1. That's exactly right! So easy! Thanks! The pictures are of our house. More pics to come in future posts. :)
      Thanks for commenting!
      Gloria

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  24. Very cute and fantastic house! I'd never post pictures of my apartment because it is way to blah.

    Natashalh

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    1. Thank you! - hmmm, it sounds like your apartment is just a canvas waiting for some creative touches! :D Maybe some super-easy curtains out of your favorite fabric! ;)

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  25. Great idea so nice :)
    New follower from the aloha Friday hop
    Would you like to follow each other?
    http://o-fata-simpla.blogspot.ro/

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    1. Thanks for following us, Anca!! :)

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    1. Thank you! We do too. ;) They make our windows happy. :D

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  27. I love it!!!! thank you for sharing this easy to do curtains, they are very helpful to us busy moms to redecorate our homes using this technique.

    venetian blinds

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    1. You're welcome! Fun ideas that make things look great are so helpful! Glad to be of help! :)
      Gloria

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    1. Thanks! They are easy and fun to put up. Plus they change out quickly for a new look!
      Gloria

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  29. That does look really easy! I've got so much fabric cluttering my closets that I need to use. My only issue is how to use the idea and still have the privacy of covered windows.

    I also bought two big drop cloths to use over my bedroom windows...but they are see-through! Yikes. Got to find some type of solution for that, for sure.

    By the way, I'd love for you two ladies to come check out my blog at www.thewritesteph.com. I write about growing up in rural Alabama. :-)

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    1. Maybe no sew curtains and roll blinds or shutters. Thanks for the invite!
      Have a super day!
      Gloria

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