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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 weird window.
So, armed with an iron and some fusible tape, I threw together some cafe curtains.
All in all, the 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 dismantled throw pillow/cushion cover or two squares of fabric.
- Fabric scissors
- Unpicker/seam ripper
- Fusible tape.
- I used this brand and was pleased with the results.
Before you begin, assemble your ironing board and pre-heat your iron to the hottest heat setting. Due to the small size of the curtains, you can use the ironing board as your work surface.
Step 1: Hem your squares
The first stem is to hem your two fabric squares.
To do this, begin by flipping your fabric squares over so that the backside is facing you. Now grab your double-sided fusible hemming tape 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:
Remove the backing tape, then fold the fabric over to create a hem (see below). Press with your iron until the hemming tape fuses.
Repeat on two more sides of the fabric square, 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 2: Create a curtain rod pocket
The next (and final) step is to create a rod pocket for your curtains.
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.