No Sew Patchwork Curtains

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5 Hours

Have any of you seen the patchwork curtains from Urban Outfitters? I loved them and when they weren't available anymore, I knew I'd have to make my own. I have been collecting sheets from thrift stores and finally decided to take the plunge and cut them up... and it was the best decision because I love my curtains. They turned out better than I imagined they would and were so easy to make!

First you'll want to figure out the measurements for your curtains. Once you know the size, start cutting out squares for the curtains. I made my squares a bit large, but you can make them smaller if you prefer that look. You don't have to use sheets... you can use your favorite fabric and this is a great way to use your fabric scraps.

Lay the squares on a flat surface to create your curtain panel. I used 4 rows of 8.

I bought two types of fabric glue for this project. I started with Aleene's Super Fabric Adhesive and Aleene's Fabric Fusion. They are both strong and worked equally as well, but the Fabric Fusion is much easier to use.

The Fabric Fusion is easier to use because the glue comes out nicely and the bottle is easy to squeeze.

I started by gluing the squares in the rows together first. I added glue to the bottom of the top square, then overlapped with the square below. Continue all the way down.

Press the squares together, but don't spread because you don't want the fabric to stretch out.

After all the rows are glued, you'll want to glue the rows to each other.

You'll glue these together the same way, but going from left to right.

Let the glue dry completely. The bottles say it typically takes 2-4 hours, but mine felt completely dry after about an hour. I still let my curtain sit for a couple hours, just to be safe.

I also randomly added pieces of ribbon to my curtains for a little something "extra".

Flip the curtains over, fold the edges back on the sides and bottom and glue down. This gives the curtains a nice finished look.

Fold the top down and glue, making sure there's enough room for the curtain rod.

When the curtains are completely dry, it's time to hang!

I love how these turned out... They are so pretty and look amazing when the sunlight shines through them. The fabric glue is washable, so you'll be able to throw your curtains in the washer when needed.

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  • BrokeCrazyLady BrokeCrazyLady on Jul 20, 2020

    It doesn't show when you made the original post, but considering that the comments are a year old, I was wondering how your curtain is holding up a year later. Where I live the UV is significant and everything tends to break down or yellow. :(

    Is the glue still holding and is it still reasonably invisible?

  • Susan K Susan K on Mar 09, 2021

    How does it hold up to a hot iron or steam?

  • Patty Patty on Jul 19, 2021

    Why didn't you iron the squares before you glued them together? Can they be pressed after the glue is applied?

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  • Lillyrose Lillyrose on Jul 21, 2020

    These curtains turned out very pretty, but I think it has something to do with the color combination of the sheets you used. Good use of something that may have ended up in the trash.

    • Holly Lengner - Lost Mom Holly Lengner - Lost Mom on Jul 21, 2020

      You are totally right! You definitely want to use a good color palet for your curtains. My curtains just wouldn't be t he same if I used a red & green Christmas sheet.

  • Jami Jami on Jul 19, 2021

    I just bought 7" and 5" quilting squares from Hilo Hattie - they are various patterns in 100% cotton, 50 pieces each pack, really more like 100 pieces. They are leftover cuts from the Hawaiian printed dresses and shirts they make. I was thinking of stitching them together to make pillow covers and pandemic masks.. but this is a WAY cuter and such a fun idea for my kitchen window! Its small and needs some privacy and color.