Two Ways To Make Drapes Without A Sewing Machine

Learn two ways to make drapes that do not require sewing. Add beauty and style inside of your home and appreciate the privacy that your new creations provide you with. 

Drapes That Are Clipped To Curtain Rings

Materials

  • fabric
  • measuring tape
  • fabric pen
  • scissors
  • self-adhesive trim
  • metal curtain rings with clips
  • wooden dowels
  • curtain rod brackets
  • screws
  • screwdriver

Cut The Fabric And Add Trim

Measure the windows that you will be covering with drapes. Cut panels of fabric that are slightly wider and longer so that they cover the windows completely. Create borders across the ends of each drape with self-adhesive trim. Cut pieces of trim that are the same size as the width of each panel. Peel off the adhesive backings and press a piece of trim down firmly across the top and bottom of each piece of fabric.

Attach The Drapes To Clips And Hang Them

Count the number of metal rings and clips that are going to be placed at the top of each drape. Divide the width of each panel by the number of rings to determine how far apart to space each ring. Mark the top of each panel with a fabric pen to show where each clip will go. Slide the rings onto wooden curtain dowels. Open the clips and place one on each marked area.

Use a screwdriver to secure the wooden dowels over the windows with curtain rod brackets and screws. Change the fabric panels throughout the year so that different colors and patterns are displayed in your home.

Drapes That Are Made With Fusible Web

Materials

  • fabric
  • measuring tape
  • scissors
  • fusible web
  • pins
  • iron
  • ironing board
  • curtain rods
  • hardware
  • screws
  • screwdriver

Cut The Fabric And Create Seams

After measuring the windows in your home, cut fabric panels that are slightly wider and longer. Cut strips of fusible web that are the same width as the panels. Fusible web will melt after being heated, holding the seams together. Place a piece of fusible web across the top of each panel and fold the fabric over far enough to create gaps that are large enough for the curtain rods to slide through. Pin the seams to hold the fabric in place.

Iron The Seams And Hang The Drapes

Lay each fabric panel on an ironing board and press the fabric that is covering the fusible web. Once the seams are attached, remove the pins. Slide a curtain rod through the gap at the top of each panel. Use a screwdriver to attach a curtain rod over each window with hardware and screws. Whenever the drapes need to be washed, slide them off of the curtain rods and launder them in your washing machine. 

You can check out drapes and fabric types at companies like House Of Drapery to get some great ideas — or you may decide to simply pick up some curtains while you're there.


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