When updating any room curtains is a great way to give your room depth and color. However, curtains can get expensive and today I’m going to show you how to make curtains. These DIY Curtains are Anthropologie inspired and a budget-friendly way to spruce up any room.
As I’m updating my daughter’s room one thing that was needed were curtains. We went looking and she found her favorite ones well they were $59 a piece from Anthropologie.
She has 2 windows and we needed a set for her closet. That would be 6 panels and was out of our budget. So I decided to make them myself. I’ve put a video tutorial walking you through how to make these curtains.
How to Make Curtains
First things first, below is the inspiration curtain. As you can see there are loops and a middle piece. It almost looks like the loops were knotted but there is thread and a seam.
If you have a basic knowledge of sewing then you can make these curtains. There is a little bit of hand sewing and the use of a sewing machine. But there’s nothing advanced about it.
Supplies you’ll need to make these curtains
You’ll need 9 supplies to make these curtains. Here’s the complete list:
- Fabric – I purchased a bolt of fabric from Fabric Direct. This is double gauze fabric in blush pink. For 1 panel you’ll need 2.5 yards of 60″ fabric.
- Thread – I used white sewing thread for the sewing machine part and then used blush pink embroidery thread I already had on hand.
- Needle – A smallish sewing needle will work well for this.
- Sewing machine – I’m still using the same sewing machine my mother bought me in high school.
- Scissor – Any craft scissors will work well for this.
- Rotary cutter (this is optional) – I used a rotary cutter to cut the fabric panels it saves time but this supply is optional. Scissors will work fine.
- Cutting mat (only if you’re using a rotary cutter) – If you’re using a rotary cutter you need a cutting mat so you’re not cutting into your table (or floor).
- Sewing pins – You’ll use these for hemming and attaching the loops.
- Tape measure – To measure your fabric.
Once you have your supplies gathered it’s time to get to cutting and sewing.
Step 1 – Cut The Fabric
Before you cut the fabric you’ll want to measure your space. Measure the from your curtain rod (if using) to the floor. Then add 2 inches. I wanted the curtains to gather on the floor so I added extra.
I cut 6 panels at 86 inches or 7 feet 2 inches.
Then I needed to cut the loops and the middle piece. I cut those the same size just to keep things simple. There will be 5 loops per panel so you’ll need 10 per panel.
The smaller pieces measured 12 inches by 5 inches. I cut a total of 60 pieces.
Step 2 – Hem The Curtains and Attach Loops
For this step I used a 1/1 inch hem. I attached the loops and hemmed the curatins at the same time.
Fold over the fabric about 1/2 inch (I eyeballed this step) and then I added the loops on each end. Pinned them in place.
I folded the panel in half and pinned a loop in place and then pinned 2 more in half again. This way each loop was evenly spaced.
Finally, using your sewing machine, sew the hem and loops in place.
Step 3 – Make the loops
Next it’s time to make the middle pieces that will be attached to the loops. Fold the leftover small pieces of fabric in thirds and then sew them to hold them.
Step 4 – Hand sew the middle loops
Gather the middle pieces you just made and sew them together to make a circle. Check out the photo below for a better explanation.
Step 5 – Attach middle loops to curtains
Now that you’ve made the middle loops it’s time to attach them to the curtains. You’ll hand sew these in place. Use a simple looping stitch to attach them.
You’ll want to attach them at the top and bottom so they are completely secure and you’re able to cover up the seam you created when you hemmed the panel.
Hang Your DIY Curtains
You can use a curtain rod, hooks, or even dowels. Since we are going for a minimal boho look in this room I made these rod dowels to hang the curtains on.
Here are some common questions answered
It does depend on the length you want. I recommend measuring your window. Fabric comes in width ranging from 48-60 inches. Make sure to find out the fabric width before purchasing. I used 2.5 yards per panel and the fabric came in 60″ width.
You can use a curtain rod and follow the instructions of the curtain rod you purchased. Other options are using command strips, hooks, or use dowels like we did.
I hope that this post has inspired you to make your own curtains.