5 Tips for Sewing Curtains

5 Tips for Sewing Curtains  is sponsored by Zazzle.  All opinions and craftiness are our own. 

Hey friends! Today I am sharing a project that has been on my to-do list for far too long.  I have been sewing up a storm and have made some curtains for my daughter’s room.  I thought I’d share some tips for sewing curtains with you!  We are also hosting an awesome Zazzle giveaway so be sure to read until the end to enter!

Tips for Sewing Curtains by Uncommon Designs

Have you ever had an idea of what you want to do in a room and you won’t be happy until you find the exact match of what you want?  This happens to me all the time, especially when it comes to window treatments.  This actually led me to start sewing.  I wanted to have high end curtains, but refused to pay someone hundreds of dollars to make them for me.  Luckily, my frugal ways caused me to fall in love with sewing!  Trust me when I tell you that any type of curtain that you make yourself will look ten times better than what you buy at the store.  An added bonus is that you can choose exactly what you want!

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oversized houndstooth fabric

 I knew I wanted something bold and fun to put in Lauren’s room.  I chose this amazing black and white oversized houndstooth fabric to make my curtains.  It was exactly what I was looking for.  Now let me give you some tips for when you find that perfect fabric and are ready to whip up some custom curtains!

Tips for Sewing Curtains by Uncommon Designs

1. Make Some Space

When you make curtains, you are going to need a large flat surface to work on.  You can use a table, but I usually just roll everything out on the floor between my dining and living room.  This makes measuring, cutting and pinning SO much easier!

Tips for Sewing Curtains by Uncommon Designs

2. Measure Twice, Cut Once

Custom curtains are an investment.  Be sure you purchase enough fabric for your project.  Order extra if you think you might want to make pillows or any other accessories to match.  The most important tip of all is to measure twice and cut once.  You really don’t want to end up short on fabric because you didn’t measure correctly.

Tips for Sewing Curtains by Uncommon Designs

3. Your Iron is your BFF

Seriously folks… when you sew anything, make sure to iron, iron, and iron some more!  Iron the fabric after you wash it, before you cut it, in the middle of the project, and then the end.  Ironing your fabric throughout the process will keep everything neat and precise.  This is especially important when you are working with a pattern.

Tips for Sewing Curtains by Uncommon Designs

4. Don’t Forget your Lining

Please don’t be tempted to skip lining your curtains.  It makes them beautiful and full and glorious.  Not only will it keep out the sun and help regulate room temperature, it makes them full and hang correctly.  By adding a lining, your curtains hang beautifully.  For this project, I purchased a king sized flat sheet and used it to line the curtains.  I just cut it in half and it was large enough for the two panels.  It also was already hemmed with a heavy hem… score!

Tips for Sewing Curtains by Uncommon Designs

5. Set the Bar High

When it comes time to hang your curtains, go high!  Hang your curtain rod close to the ceiling and it will really make the room appear larger.  Be sure to take this into account when you are measuring how much fabric you will need for the project, too!

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Trish Flake

Author/Co-Owner at Uncommon Designs
Hey y'all! I am Trish and one half of the creative team at Uncommon Designs. I adore party planning, holiday celebrations, and all things crafty! I am so excited to share my creative adventures with you!

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  1. Claudia says

    I have my material picked out, but haven’t been able to get started…I’m afraid I’ll mess it up, just cat pull the trigger on this project.

    • says

      You can do it! Take your time and you will see that it is really just ironing, pinning, and sewing a few straight lines. Curtains were the first thing that I made when I bought my sewing machine… I promise that if I can do it, you can, too! Let us know if you need any help!

      Take care,


  2. Anna Starner says

    TheTeal and Gray Dots Circles Abstract Pattern Fabric is one of the fabrics I liked. I love the large black and white herringbone, I just don’t have a need for that right now. This would help me finish off my studio.

  3. Judi Johnson says

    I love making my own curtains. How ever I am always disappointed that they are never perfect. I hope your tips will help me the next time I need curtains.

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