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Last week I was on a bit of a ‘decorate the laundry’ roll. I first made printable laundry symbols wall art. Then I made some laundry shelving from a drawer. Then I decided that I absolutely totally needed to put curtains up in the laundry right this second. However, because our laundry window is a really weird shape (tall and very, very narrow), I knew I’d have to make the curtains myself.
I am absolutely dreadful at sewing. Wonky hems. Miscalculated measurements. Constant machine jams. All of my sewing adventures have been, frankly, a mess.
Rather than trying to convince myself that I could totally sew curtains (I definitely cannot), I decided to try to make another pair of no-sew curtains.
So I rummaged around in my DIY supplies box in search of some fabric I could use. I didn’t find any fabric, but what I did find was an old IKEA cushion cover. It was just the right amount of fabric to make some cafe curtains for my skinny-ass window.
So, armed with an iron and some fusible tape, I threw together some simple cafe curtains.
All in all, my curtains took about 15 minutes to make. Which isn’t bad, considering I routinely waste twice that amount of time watching dog videos on Facebook.
How to make no-sew farmhouse-style cafe curtains
- A cushion cover. I used this one from IKEA. This one from Amazon is similar.
- Fabric scissors
- Unpicker/seam ripper
- Fusible tape. I used this brand and was pleased with the results.
Step 1: Separate the two sides of your cushion
To begin making your curtains, use a fabric unpicker/seam ripper to remove the zipper from the cushion. You don’t have to unpick every stitch – just unpick every fifth stitch or so then rip the zip off.
Once you have removed the zip, use fabric scissors to separate the two ‘sides’ of the cushion cover by cutting up the remaining three sides.
Now you should have two squares of fabric that are roughly the same size. Each square will be one curtain panel.
Step 2: Iron your fabric
I know no one likes ironing, but working with freshly-pressed fabric makes everything so much easier. And I’ll be honest: When working with fabric, I need things to be as easy as possible.
You only need to spend 30 seconds ironing the fabric panels, so that’s something.
Step 3: Hem your squares
I’m a chronically messy cutter when it comes to fabric. Ragged edges. Loose threads. Weird angles. It’s a mess. As such, hemming is a must for me if I want a neat finish.
To hem your curtains without sewing, begin by flipping your fabric squares over so that the backside is facing you. Now grab your double-sided fusible hemming tape (the saviour of all terrible seamstresses) and, following the instructions on your particular brand of fusible tape, iron a strip of fusible tape to the bottom of your fabric square, like so:
Then, fold the fabric over so that the non-fused side of the tape is pressed against the back of your fabric. I just used the lines of the checks as a guide to ensure my hem was straight. Use a ruler or measuring tape if you’re not sure that your hem is straight. Iron to fuse.
And just like that, you’ve created a pretty little hem for your DIY cafe curtains without sewing a thing!
Repeat on two more sides, leaving one side unhemmed. You’ll use this unhemmed side to create a pocket for your curtain rod in the next step.
Once you have finished your first fabric square, repeat the above with the second fabric square.
Step 4: Create a curtain rod pocket for your no-sew curtains
The final step is to create a pocket for your curtain rod to run through.
Still working with the back of the curtain facing you, iron a strip of hemming tape on the remaining single unhemmed edge of your fabric square. Then, grab the curtain rod you intend on hanging your curtains on and lay it across the fabric, like so:
Remove the remaining paper layer on your fusible tape. Then, fold your fabric over to create a little ‘pocket’ that’s just the right size for your rod:
Keeping the rod in place, use your iron to fuse your double-sided fusible hemming tape to the back of the fabric, as you did when hemming the other three sides. When finished, repeat with your second fabric square.
Once you’ve done both panels, your no-sew cafe curtains are finished.