No-Sew Curtains & Curtain Rod for Less Than $15!

8 Materials
$15
1 Hour
Easy

Let's face it, curtains and curtain rods can be EXPENSIVE! Especially, if you are looking for prints or patterns. I found a solution that is inexpensive and involves absolutely no sewing, which is a bonus for a lot of people. All you need is a flat sheet and a little plumbing/electrical hardware.
no sew curtains curtain rod for less than 15
SUPPLIES:

- Flat Sheet (I used a double sheet)

- Hem Tape (Iron on)

- Iron

- Scissors

- Bracket

- Pipe

- Xacto Knife

- Screws
no sew curtains curtain rod for less than 15
Step 1) Fold your flat sheet in half lengthwise.

no sew curtains curtain rod for less than 15
Step 2) Cut along the fold, to create two equal pieces of fabric. These are your two curtain panels.



no sew curtains curtain rod for less than 15
Step 3) Apply hem tape to the raw edge of your curtain panel. Do this to each piece of fabric. Be sure to follow manufacturers instructions.
no sew curtains curtain rod for less than 15
Step 4) Fold the edge of the fabric over the hem tape.
no sew curtains curtain rod for less than 15
Step 5) Using your iron, press the fabric over the hem tape and hold until the hem tape has sealed to the fabric.
no sew curtains curtain rod for less than 15
Voila! Our finished edge now matches the other side of the sewn edge.
no sew curtains curtain rod for less than 15
Step 6) Create slits in the top hem of the curtain panel. Use a sharp blade and be sure not to go through the front side of the fabric. Only through the back. Space your slits about 5" apart.
no sew curtains curtain rod for less than 15
Step 7) Thread your pipe through the slits.
no sew curtains curtain rod for less than 15
Step 8) Screw your brackets into the wall and thread the pipe into the brackets. Attach the end caps (that come with your pipe) to each end of the pipe.

I chose to spray paint mine to match my curtains.
no sew curtains curtain rod for less than 15
The finished product. I love how my curtains brighten up our neutral living room. I used simple ribbon tie backs for a more daytime friendly effect. Don't you love how the slits create that pleated effect?
no sew curtains curtain rod for less than 15
A close-up of the hardware. No one would guess those were made out of a flat sheet!
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Have a question about this project?

3 of 10 questions
  • Carolyn Smith Tant
    on Apr 10, 2018

    I bought 2 twin sheets to make a valance for a double window. I want a ruffle at the top. Can anyone tell me the easiest way to do this? I only want it to come down about a third of the window, so I'll have to cut the sheets off at the bottom. I will appreciate any suggestions.

    • Davette Walling
      on Apr 13, 2018

      Whenever I wanted a valance when using sheets... I used sheets meant to be folded down over a blanket. These often come with a ruffle or decorative edge. I would fold that over and make a new rod pocket an valance. Then the rest of the panel was used for the curtain. This leaves less pooling on the floor usually too.

  • Marilyn
    on Jan 26, 2019

    When cutting the slits, how can you not end up cutting through and slicing the back piece of fabric?

    • Elfrieda
      on May 22, 2019

      Why can't you just fold it horizontally, make tiny slits for your guide and then you can go back and enlarge the slits.

  • Margaret E. Bates
    on Apr 19, 2019

    Clever, but maybe better if they just grazed the floor? And yes, how DO you cut through just one thickness for your slits?

    • Ellaine
      on Apr 20, 2019

      I plan on putting something in the slit. you know like a broom handle or something. Have it measured where I want the slit then cut right there with the broom handle still in. I won't be able to cut past the handle and it'll be easier to cut as it's up off the bottom layer. Make sense?

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  • Rosy
    on Apr 19, 2019

    Instead of cutting slits I had some clip on curtain rings and sliped them on the rod.

  • Von
    2 days ago

    Curtains don’t have to be expensive! Walmart has great prices, I buy mine.

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