Making Curtains with Sewing Machine

Are you always that somebody who is hesitant to buy new curtains because it costs so much? Or are you that somebody who wasted a lot of time trying to look for a curtain that matches the room?  If so, there’s a very simple solution with the help of your sewing machine right inside your home. Making one your own!

Making curtains with a sewing machine won’t require you to study or to take up sewing courses. All you need is a basic understanding of straight sewing and a sewing machine, of course. If you haven’t had one, take a look at our list. Making curtains only requires proper measuring, perfect purchasing of fabric design and a little bit of creativity.

In this article, we’ll show you how to make a curtain for a single window.

Let’s start off with the tools:

  • Sewing Machine
  • Fabric
  • A pair of scissors or cutter
  • Drapery weights
  • Yardstick
  • Straight pins
  • Needle and thread
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Rod

Measure the curtain against the window

Measure the fabric height

In measuring the height of the fabric for your window, Make sure to include an allowance of about 7” from the top of your window. From the top part, measure the length of the fabric until it reaches the floor.

Hanging your curtain rod higher rather than fixing the rod only a couple of inches from the top the window makes it look wider.

Measure the fabric width

For the width of the fabric, prefer to purchase the fabric with 60” width. Not the 45” width or less.

After noting the measurement, add another 5” to the top and another 5’ to the bottom for the seam allowances.

So if you have measured a total of 200 inches from top to bottom of your curtain, add 5” for the top and another 5” for the bottom. Making you a total of 210 inches = approximately 6yards

Make sure you wash, dry and iron your fabric. This makes it easier for you to create a straight line fabric.

Sewing time!

Side Hems

Double-Fold the side hem to the back by an inch. You can iron the hem to make sure it’s in-line and secure them with pins.

Make sure to sew closest to the folded-in edge as much as you can, creating about an inch from its edge.

It’s time to take out all the secured pins and start repeating the same procedure with the other side of the fabric that needs hems.

Top Hems

Same instruction as the side hems, this time fold the top hem by 2 inches. This is for your curtain rod. Iron the hem first then secure with pins. Make sure to sew the folded edge closest to it.

Bottom Hems

Same procedure as for the top hem, fold the bottom by 2 inches upward. Iron them first and secure with a pin.


If you wish your curtain to stay put and not to flare-out, attach a drapery weight.

Using a handheld needle and thread, sew the drapery weights to the fabric. Attach the weights every 16 to 18 inches away from the other. This time create another fold that acts as a covering for the drapery weights then iron the created hem. Now, you have your curtain properly hanged with the assurance that it’ll stay in place.

Final Touch

Check the finished product for any loose threads that may niggling and snip if there’s any. Finally, you can now hang your curtain on your window.

You might also be interested in making blankets next time. We got you covered!

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