Can You Make Your Own Curtains? Yes! Here Are 9 Different Ways!

4 years ago

I am bad at curtains. I know they are one of the simplest things you can do to change the mood of a room. We've lived in our house for almost four years and we've slowly been changing wall colors but I've been even slower at window coverings. De-popcorn ceilings? No problem! Painting? Love it. Curtains? Eep!

I'm not going to pretend that the cost of curtains and drapes doesn't make my somewhat frugal heart cry out in horror. I've gone into stores and found the perfect drapes only to look at the price and realize that I could paint an entire floor of my house for less money. So we do things like paint our dining room and then don't put up new curtains for eight months. Then when we do, finally, put some up, it's because we're going on vacation and the thought of having curtainless main floor windows just doesn't feel smart, so I buy some on clearance that will "do for now."

I've watched my HGTV. I know it's possible to make your own curtains. I also know that things aren't always as easy as television makes them look. Are curtains really that easy to make? And do they really look that good? I decided to do what I always do in cases like this -- I turned to our bloggers. Kristi quickly won me over quickly her with her post, "Why I NEVER buy ready-made, store-bought draperies or curtains." She has great tips and it's a fabulous starting point for figuring out the basics like drapery length, width and materials.

But here's the thing that worries me the most -- I'm not a very good seamstress. Sure, I actually own a sewing machine but I'm not very good at using it. That's not even taking into the account that it's been broken for at least a year. When it's not broken, I can kinda, sorta, sometimes sew a straight line... but not really. Can someone with my limited skills really make curtains? That won't look horrible? After some more blog searching, I think I can. Here's what I found:

Easy Lined Curtains

Credit: Shabby Creek Cottage

If I make curtains, I really like the idea of them being lined. It's cold in the winter here and every layer helps keep the cold out. Gina makes making lined curtains look so easy, doesn't she?


Extra Easy DIY Curtains

Credit: Creek Line House

Speaking of easy, Courtenay says these homemade curtains are extra easy. They certainly look it! I wonder if I could "cheat" and use no-sew iron-on hems for these...


Ruffled Curtains -- No Sewing Required!

Credit: Thrifty and Chic

Did you know you could by ruffled material? I DIDN'T. These ruffled curtains aren't really the right look for our dining room but I keep looking at them and thinking they might be a fabulous option for our guest bedroom.


DIY Blackout Curtains

Credit: Imperfectly Polished

Here's another thing I didn't know -- you can buy blackout material at the fabric store. Jessie used it to make her own DIY blackout lined curtains for her nursery. Our dining room doesn't need blackout curtains but our office does!


Grommet Top Curtains

Credit: Shabby Creek Cottage

Grommet top curtains are a bit more work than your standard homemade curtains but don't you love how they look? Plus, I find it a bit comforting to know that Gina found them intimidating before she started (because I totally am feeling intimidated by the thought of them) but found them much easier to make than she thought they'd be.


Turn Sheets into Curtains

Credit: White Lace Cottage

Before we found curtains for our master bedroom, I almost turned some sheets into curtains. Anne made sheet curtains for her farmhouse kitchen and I'm having some serious kitchen envy. And no sewing required!


Easy Lined Curtains From a Duvet Cover

Credit: Sew Many Ways

Turning a duvet into curtains involves a bit more work than turning sheets into curtains but you'll have the benefits of lined curtains. You'll need to a do a bit of cutting and sew one seam per panel. I think I could handle one seam. Don't they look nice?


Turn Tablecloths into Curtains

Credit: 320 Sycamore

The thought of turning tablecloths into draperies for my dining room totally makes me smile. It just sounds right, doesn't it? If I could find matching tablecloths for a good price this could be an option for me. I also really love how Melissa used washi tape to decorate the blinds in this room.


DIY Drop Cloth Curtains

Credit: The Turquoise Home

I like these DIY drop cloth curtains a lot. I might even love them. My toughest decision would be figuring out what color stripe to paint on them. We have some charcoal grey paint left from our bathroom I think could work.

Have you made your own curtains? What advice would you offer to a curtain-making newbie?

Karen Ballum is a Community Moderator on She also blogs at Sassymonkey and Sassymonkey Reads.