I have a window in my laundry room door that has needed a curtain for ages. This past weekend I finally sewed up a quick and simple linen one that I love. In this post I will show you how to sew a curtain, too!
The window in my laundry room faces west so the afternoon sun comes in strong and hot so a curtain would block some of the heat. I also wanted a curtain that would look pretty and dress it up!
Recently I purchased some beautiful linen from Pure Linen Envy. Most of it I have plans to make into some skirts and blouses for myself. But I also chose a 1 peice of a golden yellow with white stripes that I wasn’t sure what I was going to use it for. After thinking for a while I decided to make it into the laundry room curtain.
I only had just over 1 yard of the fabric(I purchased it from Canada and it came in 1 meter increments). So I needed to make sure it would work for my window. Thankfully the window is small, only measuring 24″ x 38″
1 M of fabric is about 39″, just barely longer than my window. To make it work I decided to cut strips off the sides to make loops for the rod to go through instead of a regular pocket. This had the benefit of adding length at the top. My linen was 53″ wide, so there was enough width to take some off the side for the loops.
Supplies For Sewing a Curtain
- Fabric- I used 1 M OF 53″ wide fabric, a larger window will take more
- 1 spool of matching thread
- tape measure
- straight pins
- Sewing Machine
- Ironing Board
How to Sew a Curtain
Fold over 2 inches along the edge of the fabric and cut along the edge for a total of a 4 inch wide strip. Repeat on the other side.
Fold one of the strips in half longwise with right sides together. Stitch the edges together using a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Use a large safety pin to pull the strips right side out. Repeat with the other strip. Iron flat with the seam in the back. Set strips aside.
Now take the large piece of fabric. Use and iron to press a narrow hem along both short sides. Fold a scant 1/4 inch in, press. Fold again and press. Stitch hems down on with the sewing machine.
Next use the same process to hem the top an the bottom of the curtain panel. Be especially careful at the corners to make sure the edges are folded under.
Now take the long strips you sewed up earlier. Using a tape measure, cut the stips into 7″ lengths. Iron a 1/2 inch fold at the bottom of each loop and tuck the other end under. Press loops flat.
Now lay the curtain panel out face down. Securely pin one of the loops down at the left top corner. The raw edge of the fold should be facing the panel. Align the loop so that the edge is even with the edge og the panel and the felded edge is just lower than the top pf the panel.
Pin the rest of the loops evenly across the top of the panel,finishing with one at the right corner. I used a 5″ on center spacing, but you can spread them farther or closer if desired.
Once all the loops are pinned on carefully stitch a straight line along across the panel the bottom of all the loops. Then stitch one more line near the top of the panel to secure the top of the loops down flat. When you turn over the panel there will be 3 rows of stitching.
Now the curtain is all fininshed. Simply place a curtain rod through the loops and install over your window. I have a metal door so I used a simple rod like this Magnetic Curtain Rod.
Do I Like It?
Yes! I love my new curtain. The linen is just a little bit stiff and it would be nice if the curtain was a bit wider. But over all it is the perfect curtain for my laundry room window! And I love the color!
Now You Know How to Sew a Curtain
I hope this tutorial for how to sew a linen curtain has been helpful. If anything was unclear or you have questions please let me know! Also please comment if you try making a curtain yourself!