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

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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.

- Flat Sheet (I used a double sheet)

- Hem Tape (Iron on)

- Iron

- Scissors

- Bracket

- Pipe

- Xacto Knife

- Screws
Step 1) Fold your flat sheet in half lengthwise.

Step 2) Cut along the fold, to create two equal pieces of fabric. These are your two curtain panels.

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.
Step 4) Fold the edge of the fabric over the hem tape.
Step 5) Using your iron, press the fabric over the hem tape and hold until the hem tape has sealed to the fabric.
Voila! Our finished edge now matches the other side of the sewn edge.
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.
Step 7) Thread your pipe through the slits.
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.
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?
A close-up of the hardware. No one would guess those were made out of a flat sheet!

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  • Marilyn Marilyn on Jan 26, 2019

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

  • Margaret E. Bates Margaret E. Bates on Apr 18, 2019

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

  • Linda Hennessee Melton Linda Hennessee Melton on Apr 13, 2020

    Could you iron on a fabric adhesive strip across the back of the top where you need to cut the slits and then cut the slits through the adhesive strip and top layer of fabric to keep it from fraying? Don't know that much about fabric adhesive sheets.


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  • Von Von on Jun 09, 2019

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

  • Flower girl Flower girl on Jun 02, 2020

    I like it. Never would have thought of slitting just one layer. It does give a pleated effect. Nicely done.