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No-Sew Gathered Curtains


  • fabric (width = at least twice the total width of your window and frame; length = total length of your window and frame plus 6 inches)
  • no-sew iron-on fusible tape or fabric glue (ask for it at a fabric store)
  • iron and ironing board
  • ribbon or cording with tassels (optional)

Cut two panels of fabric -- each should be as long as your window and frame, plus 6 inches, and each one should be as wide as your window and frame.

At the top edge of each piece, fold over 4 inches towards the wrong side of the fabric. Iron the fold flat. If using fusible tape, follow the manufacturer's instructions and sandwich the fusible tape between the two pieces of the fold, and iron into place. If using fabric glue, follow the manufacturer's instructions and glue down the two pieces of the fold. curtainsYou want to keep the fusible tape or glue near the cut edge of the folded over piece and leave at least 3 inches of the fold free as a casing to put the curtain rod into.

On the opposite end of each panel, fold over 1 inch of fabric -- make sure the folded over piece is folded towards the wrong side of the fabric. Use either the fusible tape or fabric glue to adhere the two pieces of the fold together. Now you have a bottom hem. Note: If the bottom edge of your curtains will hang behind furniture or otherwise not be seen, skip this step. Also skip this step if your curtains will be long enough to puddle on the floor -- just push the fabric edges underneath themselves and puff the fabric out a little bit for a lush, extravagant look.

Now slip the curtain rod into the top casings of each panel, and hang the curtains in the window. You can add ribbons or cording with tassels to tie back the curtains at the sides. If you want to block light, use heavy fabric or old blankets or just double layer the curtain fabric.

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