DIY: No-sew Curtains and Shades

I don’t know about you, but the words “window treatment” strike fear into my non-crafty heart. I can’t count the number of times I’ve been left pulling my hair out as I try to properly measure, purchase, and install curtains, shades, and their infuriating hardware.

Unfortunately, short of nailing a random square of fabric over your window, there’s no way around measuring and putting up a rod if you want to hang curtains. But you can make the process of procuring window treatments much more enjoyable by doing some of the creative work yourself.

Thankfully, you don’t need to know how to sew to make some pretty cute curtains for your place. And since you’ve made them yourself, you’ll be all the most likely to love them. Plus, they’re cheaper this way!

A casual look around the Web offers some fabulous no-sew ideas for your windows. Here are a few of the best:

Better Homes and Gardens shows readers how to make cute café curtains out of patterned cloth napkins. All you need is the napkin and a rivet and grommet kit, sold at fabric stores.

Photo via bhg.com

Photo via bhg.com

Restored Style has a tutorial on making your own full-length curtains using Stitch Witchery, which can make fabrics adhere to each other using a hot iron. Brilliant!

 

Photo via Restoredstyle.com

Photo via Restoredstyle.com

Shanty 2 Chic provides a step-by-step guide on how to make “expensive and custom looking curtains for nearly nothing.”

Photo via shanty-2-chic.com

Photo via shanty-2-chic.com

My Home Ideas gives readers a run-down of various no-sew ways to hang fabric from a curtain rod, opening up endless curtainy possibilities.

Photo via Myhomeideas.com

Photo via Myhomeideas.com

The Everyday Home offers advice on making a no-sew roman shade with a chevron pattern created with hemming tape and chalk paint.

Photo via everydayhomeblog.com

Photo via everydayhomeblog.com

MADE + remade publishes detailed directions for making your own blackout shades to keep your bedroom nice and dark.

Photo via blog.diynetwork.com

Photo via blog.diynetwork.com

Ducklings in a Row has a thorough description of how to make a roman shade; this one’s a bit more complicated that others, requiring something call “ring tape,” as well as wood, dowels, and eyehooks. But even so, no sewing!

Photo via ducklingsinarow.com

Photo via ducklingsinarow.com

Have you ever made your own curtains or blinds? What is your best advice for someone looking to make a stylish window covering without spending a lot or firing up a sewing machine?

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November 4, 2013

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Marketing Director Extra Space Storage After an internship with a marketing company changed her passion from computer science, Jessica obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Marketing. Now Marketing Director for Extra Space Storage, Jessica oversees all of the company's social media profiles and is in charge of all brand marketing efforts. Jessica, an avid goal setter, reads three books each month. Another of her goals, doing something new each year, has brought her to become SCUBA certified, playing in a kickball league, learn to fly fish, and volunteer at the Sundance Film Festival. She also enjoys traveling and trying different and exotic foods. Visit Jessica Johnson on Google+

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