Curtains sewing patterns

Curtains sewing patterns DEFAULT


This is an easy and free sewing pattern to show you how to make curtains quickly.  I started these and whipped them up before the Daft Punk album was finished playing!  All you need is fabric and your sewing machine.  I used Michael Miller’s Summer Soiree in Chevron Black for these an love how they turned out!  I bought the fabric quitea while back, and told myself yesterday while searching for new fabric, that I had to make these curtains before buying anything new.  So, here they are. Either download the free PDF below (from my shop) or see the instructions below.

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How To Make Curtains Tutorial

Prepare Your Measurements

  • Length: Measure your window and determine how long you want your final curtain to be.  Then add 6 inches to that number.  That’s the length of fabric you need to cut.
  • Width: Determine how wide you want your curtain to be.  Remember that you probably want it wider than your window frame so that it ruffles a bit.  Add 1.5” to that number.  This is the width of the fabric you need to cut.


imageCut your fabric to the dimensions you’ve calculated.

imageSides: Fold and press the side of your curtain under ¼”.  Fold up another ¼” and press again.  Now stitch along this side.  Repeat for the other side of the curtain.

imageBottom: Fold and and press the bottom of your curtain ¾”.  Fold and press another ⅞”.  Stitch close to the first fold you made, creating a hem.

imageTop: Fold and press the top of the curtain ¼”.  Fold up another 3.5” and press.  Now stitch along the first fold. 

imageNow stitch ¾” from the top of the curtain.

That’s it!  Hang your curtains and enjoy.  Be sure to check out my other free patterns, or my sewing patterns in the shop.  


How to Sew Curtain Panels

When searching for the perfect curtains, it can be hard to find the right thing for your space in stores. Make your own curtains with a fabric you love and eliminate the hassle of searching for what you want. With some simple sewing and fabulous curtain fabric, window treatments can fit into existing decor easily. We’ll show you how to make handmade curtains in just a few simple steps. This pair of DIY grommeted curtain panels will cover any window with style. Customize your handmade curtains with your favorite colors and patterns. Follow these steps to learn how to make curtains.

Preparation: Measuring Your Window

For custom window covers, install the curtain rods before you take your first measurement. The rod should be 2–4 inches above the window frame and the brackets that same distance from the outside edges of the frame. Take measurements as directed in the next section, and fill in the blanks in the equations.

If you have multiple windows in a room, be sure to measure each window, as they can vary even if they look identical. Decorator fabrics are usually 54 inches wide but also could be 45 inches. Either width can be used—just fill in the correct width in the following equations.

Calculating Fabric Yardage

  1. Measure from top edge of curtain rods to the desired finished length = A _____. (Suggested finished length for floor-length curtains is ½ inch above the floor.)
  2. 10½ inches + A _____ = B _____. (This is the cut-length measurement.)
  3. Measure the distance between curtain rod brackets and multiply this number by 1½ or 2 (depending on how full you want curtains to be) = C _____. (The panels shown used 1.5 for the multiplier.)
  4. The width of your fabric is D _____.
  5. C _____ ÷ D _____ = E _____. Round up to the nearest whole number. (This is the number of fabric widths needed for a pair of curtains.)
  6. The fabric pattern repeat distance (if applicable) is F _____ (see "Pattern Repeats").
  7. B _____ + F _____ = G _____. (This additional amount of fabric is needed to match the repeat design.)
  8. G _____ × E _____ = H _____.
  9. H_____ ÷ 36 inches = _____ total yards of decorator fabric you'll need for a pair of curtain panels.

Pattern Repeats: The distance from one complete motif until you see that same one again.

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Calculating Lining Yardage

  1. Measure from the top edge of the curtain rod to the desired finished length (line A) A _____.
  2. 7½ inches + A _____ = BB _____. (This is the cut-length measurement for the lining.)
  3. BB _____ × E _____ (determined in previous slide) = CC _____.
  4. CC _____ ÷ 36 inches = _____ total yards of curtain lining fabric you'll need for a pair of curtain panels.

Choose Your Grommet Type

Clip-On Rings

The easiest method for making curtains is simply creating two drapery panels, then attaching them to a decorative rod with clips (like these Clip Ring in Oil Rubbed Bronze, $7.47, The Home Depot). Be sure to include the height of the rings and clips in the overall finished length.


Make your own curtains using this easy loop design. Use enough loops to adequately support the weight of the drapes. Remember to allow for the height of the loops in the total length of the finished drapes. To make each loop, sew a fabric tube twice the loop length plus ½ inch. Turn tube right side out, center the seam, and press flat. Fold in half to make a loop, and baste the raw edges to the top of the drapery panel, between the fabric and curtain lining.

Oversize Grommets

Oversize grommets, available at the fabrics store, slide along the rod, letting your drapes open and close with ease. These grommets are available in multiple finishes to match almost any curtain rod.

Drapery Weights

Make your drapes hang nicely by sewing a drapery weight (Fabric Cov Drapery Lead Weights, $11.99, Joann) in each corner of the curtain hem. Crepe fabrics, in particular, tend to stick together and bunch up, so weights may help.

Blind-Hem Stitch

A blind-hem stitch is a machine stitch that mimics hand-sewing, creating barely noticeable stitches on the front of your drapes. Most curtain patterns call for this type of stitch.

How to Sew Curtain Panels

Supplies Needed

  • Decorator fabric (determine the amount in "Calculating Fabric Yardage")
  • Lining fabric (determine the amount in "Calculating Lining Yardage")
  • Curtain rod (no larger than 1 3/8-inch diameter)
  • Mounting brackets
  • Finials
  • 1 9/16-inch-diameter grommet (an even number for each panel, spaced 6-8 inches apart)
  • Water-soluble marking pen

Step 1: To begin making curtains, straighten one edge of decorator fabric; cut off selvages. Cut one fabric width to length measurement B from "Calculating Fabric Yardage."  Using this piece as a guide, cut additional widths needed (E from "Calculating Fabric Yardage"), matching design repeats on subsequent panels. If E is an odd number, cut one width in half lengthwise to create two half widths.

Step 2: Straighten one edge of curtain lining fabric; cut off selvages. Cut the number of widths needed (E from "Calculating Fabric Yardage") to length measurement BB from "Calculating Lining Yardage." If E is an odd number, cut one width in half lengthwise to create two half widths.

Step 3: Using a 1/2-inch seam allowance, sew decorator fabric together to make each curtain panel, matching repeats if needed. If using half widths, sew to the outermost edge of each curtain panel (Diagram A). Use pinking shears or finish raw edges of seams with a zigzag stitch. Press seams open.

Step 4: Fold up the bottom edge of each panel 4 inches with the wrong side inside; press. Fold over another 4 inches; press (Diagram B).

Step 5: Set up machine for blind-hem stitch; machine-stitch hems (Diagram C).

Step 6: Join lining widths to make a panel. Use pinking shears or finish seam edges with a zigzag stitch. Press seams open. Trim lining to be 6 inches narrower than curtain panel. Repeat to make the second lining panel.

Step 7: Fold up the bottom edge of each lining panel 3 inches with the wrong side inside; press. Fold over another 3 inches and press. Blind-hem stitch hems.

Step 8: With the right sides together, center a lining panel on each curtain panel, aligning top edges. (Curtain panel should extend 3 inches beyond each side edge of the lining panel.) Join pieces along the top edge with a ½-inch seam allowance (Diagram D).

Step 9: Bring lining over to the wrong side of the curtain panel. Press top edge flat, including remaining ½-inch seam allowance that extends beyond lining (Diagram E). Stitch close to top edge through all layers to prevent the lining from showing on the right side. Repeat with the remaining curtain panel.

Step 10: On side edges of each curtain panel, turn under 1½ inches twice, encasing lining raw edges; press. Using blind-hem stitch, sew sides in place to complete each panel (Diagram F).

Step 11: With the panel lining side up, use a water-soluble marking pen to draw a line across panel width 2½ inches from the top edge.

Step 12: Plan placement of an even number of grommets along the drawn line. Centers of first and last grommet should be at least 2 inches from each side edge and 2½ inches from the top edge (Diagram G). Divide remaining distance across panel evenly for the number of grommets being used, placing grommets 6–8 inches apart. Using your grommet, trace inner opening at each grommet location.

Step 13: Pin around outside of one marked circle to prevent the fabric from shifting when cut. Carefully cut on marked line through all layers to create grommet opening (Diagram H). (Circle should fit snugly against grommet. If opening needs to be made larger later, trim one thread at a time.)

Step 14: Place grommet rim-side up on a hard surface. Gently place grommet opening, lining side up, over grommet. Without distorting fabric, trim opening if necessary to fit over grommet rim. Use your fingernail to push fabric as flat as possible around the grommet. Place the remaining grommet half on top. Using your palm, apply quick and direct pressure to snap grommet halves together.

Step 15: Repeat to set all grommets. Use curtain tape to create pleats if desired. Weave rod through grommets in panels. Set rod into brackets and arrange panels to hang in even folds.

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How to Master Curtains!

Everything you need to know about sewing a pair of curtains, from measuring and lining, to getting the perfect pleats and that all important 'drop'.  Nothing beats new curtains to give a room an instant refresh, and sewing your own pair of curtains is easier than you might think. The obvious bonus when you sew your own curtains is that you can choose the perfect fabric to suit your room. We bet you spend more time deciding on the fabric than actually making the curtains!

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If you think about it the seams of curtains are all straight, so if you can use a tape measure and sew in a straight line, you can make curtains. Successful curtain making is all about accurate measuring and cutting - get both of those right and you're on your way. Curtains are only as complicated as you want them to be. Just start simple, ideally with a plain fabric, and progress as your confidence improves.

Firstly, look out for sales and offers. Also, choosing a plain fabric will mean you don't have to faff about with pattern matching, which can get complicated If you do choose a fabric that has large motifs or a bold repeated design. You need to buy extra to accommodate the motifs and allow you to match up any prints on the separate curtain panels. Its a good idea to take your window measurements into the fabric shop so you can make any additional calculations.  The cheapest (and easiest) curtains to make are tab top. The panels aren't as gathered so they use up less fabric than a pair made with header tape.


We share our top tips and techniques needed for making a traditional lined pair of curtains with a tape top.  


Sizing and measuring is the most essential aspect of curtain making. Accuracy is vital if you want to avoid results that are too short, long or just plain sloppy looking. The measurements that you need to take depend on the final appearance that you are looking to create. You will also need a notepad and pencil and a metal tape measure. Here's how to get it right.  


The measurements for curtains that will sit on a pole or run on a track will be taken on the wall surrounding the window. A track or pole is usually 10cm longer than the window on each side  this space is to accommodate the volume of fabric when the curtains are pulled open. For symmetry, this track or pole will usually sit around 10cm above the window. Measure the length of the track or the pole, or the position where the track or pole will be affixed  10cm wider on each side, and 10cm, above the window.  


Place the tape measure in line with the top of the track (or where the track will be positioned) and measure to the position you would like the lower edge of the curtain to fall  either on or just below the windowsill, or to the floor.

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Starting with the width measurement, add 2.5cm to each side to accommodate hems  if you are having two curtains, you will need to add this to each side of both the curtain panels. To the length measurement, you will need to add 5cm-8cm to accommodate the upper section (which will be secured to the heading tape) and 15cm to accommodate the lower hem.  When cutting your fabric, its vital that your fabric is lying flat, and is absolutely straight and square to the grain before you begin. Take care not to stretch the fabric out of shape while you work

curtain lining fabric

Want pleats? For pencil or French pleats, the width of your fabric should be two and a half to three times your measured width. For French pleats you will also need to add 20cm to the drop.  

THE LINING Adding a lining will give a proper professional finish and provide better insulation against light and noise. The calculations for lining fabrics are also made from the initial measurements. This is worked out by adding 5cm to the upper section and 15cm to the lower section. The width of the fabric needs to be around 2-5cm narrower than the main fabric, to ensure that the lining sits neatly to the back of the curtain when it is seamed into place. If you are making two or more curtain panels for your window, simply repeat this process for each panel.  


Place the lining on to the fabric with the right sides facing. Align one of the side sections and pin in place. Secure together with a 2.5cm seam allowance. Repeat for the second side. The lining fabric is narrower than the curtain fabric, so draw the lining fabric over to meet the second raw edge of the main fabric. Once the lining has been secured on both sides, turn through and press neatly. There will be a neat band of main fabric at each side on the back of the curtains to prevent the lining from rolling round and being visible on the front when the curtains are hung.

header tape for curtains


The heading tape, the woven strip stitched to the top of the curtain fabric, needs to be around 5cm longer than the measurement for each curtain panel. Along the upper edge of the curtain, fold over 4-6cm of fabric towards the lining, turn the raw edges under and pin in place. Position the heading tape along the lower edge of the folded section with 2.5cm of tape extending at either end of the curtain. Hold the cords of the heading tape away from the woven band and pin into position. Use a straight machine stitch to secure into position along the upper and lower sections of the woven band, being careful not to catch the cords in the stitches. When stitching the header tape, take care not to catch the cords  For floor-length curtains, we suggest curtains 1.5cm longer than floor-length. If your floors are uneven, make sure you measure each side of the window and choose the longest measurement. For sill length curtains, we suggest either 15cm below the sill or 1-2cm above it.  


Once the tape is secured, knot the cords on the edge of the header tape that will be the outer edge when the curtain is hung, and begin to pull the cords. This will draw up the fabric along the heading tape. Check with a tape measure to ensure that you draw up the curtain to the correct width for the curtain panel for the window and tie a loose knot  you can always make adjustments to the amount gathered later. Distribute the gathers in the fabric neatly along the length of the curtain and insert the curtain hooks along the length of the heading tape. Once the hooks are in place, secure to the curtain track.  


Once all the panels are gathered and hung onto the curtain track, secure and neaten the lower hem. There will be around 10cm of fabric extending beyond the desired position of the hem. Fold this fabric in towards the lining and pin in place. Remove the curtains from the track, work along the length of the hem, measuring to ensure that the fabric folded for the hem is even along the length. To reduce bulk along this lower edge, trim the lining fabric so that it sits neatly inside the crease at the base of the hem, and turn the raw edges of the main fabric in to neaten. Work along the fold with a neat hand or machine hemming stitch to secure along the length to finish the curtains. Press the lengths of the curtains  being careful not to press creases into the gathers. Tuck the excess cord neatly into the loops on the heading tape and re-hang the finished curtains.  


Taking the time to hang curtains before hemming ensures they fit the window exactly as you want them to, and allows you to make any adjustments while they're in position. To get the best results, let them hang for a few days before pinning. This allows any creases to drop out, so the fabric is relaxed into position ready to hem.

We have gathered a few great free curtain tutorials together for you to try.

These three curtain tutorials are perfect for beginners, let us know how you get on if you are planning to make your own curtains. We also have a Pinterest Board packed full of tutorials for making curtains and blinds that you may want to check out for even more inspiration and some more challenging curtains with ruffles and panels!

how to sew hidden tab curtains

In this hidden back tab curtain tutorial from Kelly of 'View Along the Way' - Kelly takes you step by step through sewing up a pair of curtains just like this. They look great and she has a great method for creating the tabs at the back of the curtains using wide bias tape.  Just read all the comments on her post to see how many people have loved her fun but very detailed tutorial!

quick tab top curtain tutorial

Tab top curtains are perhaps the most simple curtains to make for a novice. Amanda from the fabulous UK dressmaking blog 'KitchyCoo' says of her own tab top curtain tutorial. It will take you longer to figure out the measurements than make the actual curtains!" whilst Amanda doesn't show step by step images as she had already sewn these curtains up, she does explain the process so even a beginner making something on their machine for the very first time could keep up!

clip top curtain tutorial

In this tutorial blogger Gina makes sewing up curtains even more simple than sewing tab top curtains by using curtain clips, she shows on a small scale piece of fabric exactly how to create a neat finish to your curtains, effectively just sewing two rectangles and adding clips - what could be easier (well all easy except ironing so much fabric which is never fun!) Be sure to press any curtains you make properly so they look the best they possibly can - really simple curtain tutorial!

Follow Love Sewing Magazine's board Sewing Curtains and Blinds on Pinterest.


Happy sewing,



The 27 Best Free Curtain and Valance Patterns

Loraine loves arts and crafts and used to volunteer at an elementary art class. She loves sharing fun and easy craft tutorials.

Accent Your Windows With Beautiful Curtains

Are you looking for a simple and easy window treatment pattern for your home? I've compiled a list of lovely projects you can try with some fabric and a sewing machine. I hope you find some that suit your home and your style.

1. Burlap Valance

Learn how to make this super easy and attractive burlap valance! It's ideal for the kitchen, but I think it would look superb over a bathroom window.

2. Ruffled Shower Curtain

This ruffled shower curtain is so simple but elegant. Use a different color or print combination for an entirely new look. Use narrower ruffles for kitchen or bedroom panels.

3. Rod Pocket Curtains

These rod pocket curtains are delightful, and the simple pattern makes it a great first project for a sewing beginner.

4. Retro Cafe Curtains

This retro cafe curtain looks more difficult than it is Don't be afraid to make these fun vintage-inspired curtains.

5. No-Sew Roller Shade

HGTV gives excellent instructions on how to cover a roller shade. A bonus? It's a no-sew project!

6. Pocketed Window Topper

This super easy window topper uses a wide continental curtain rod. Just make sure to make the rod pocket larger than the width of the rod.

7. Baby Nursery Curtains and Valance

Choose the colors for your baby's room and then sew these cute curtains to match. Go to sew4home for the pattern.

8. Easy Cafe Curtains (No-Sew)

9. Quick and Easy Valance

Make an easy, but elegant, looking valance using the instructions shown on SIMPLY Modern MOM.

10. Easiest Window Treatment Ever

11. Balloon Valance

Balloon valances are super easy to make. Check out the instructions at eHow to see what I'm talking about.

12. Easy Kitchen Curtains

Make these quick and easy kitchen curtains to avoid the afternoon heat.

13. Tent Flap Curtains

I love the simple lines of this window treatment. This will be so easy to make, and the finished look will bring compliments on your ability to make your own curtains.

14. Formal Shade

Martha Stewart shares how to make this formal shade. I think it would look stunning in a dining room.

15. Tab Top Curtains

The type of fabric that you use will determine how elegant these tab top curtains will look. It's very easy to make.

16. Lined Curtains

Some fabrics need to be lined, especially when the curtains will be hung on windows without shades or blinds. I line all the window treatments I make because it gives the curtains a professional, custom-made look.

17. No-Sew Valance

It's super easy to make this no-sew valance for even a wide window.

18. Felt Fabric Screen

I fell in love with this window screen, and I had to share it with you. You'll probably find a perfect window for this incredible look.

19. Chevron Shower Curtain

Customize a shower curtain into a stylish chevron one you can be proud that you made. Plain shower curtains are quite inexpensive, but if you want a decorative look, the cost can add up. DIY your own with this fun tutorial!

20. No-Sew Roman Shades

I realize this isn't a sewing project, but I think it's too good not to include here. I'm going to be making these Roman shades for my bedroom windows. I love the looks of these and am so anxious to try this method.

21. Classic Grommeted Panels

There is an elegance associated with the classic grommeted panels. See how easy they are to achieve by going to Sew 4 Home.

22. No-Sew Drape Shade

This is actually a no-sew shade window treatment that was inspired by a Pottery Barn shade. This is really a nice look, and the tutorial is very easy to understand.

23. Window Privacy Screen

A privacy screen is sometimes all you want in a bathroom setting. Find out how to make one at Thrift Diving.

24. Simple Grommet Drapes

I just made these drapes using grommets to hang them on decorative rods. Grommets are easy to use, and if you want, you can add the grommets to purchased rod-type curtains. Check out Simple Grommet Drapes to see how easy it really is. I love my patio drapes that run smoothly on the rods.

25. Tab Back Panels

Make tab back panels from rod pocket panels. It's a great way to customize store-bought curtains.

26. Quick and Easy Café Curtains

This has got to be the simplest way to make a quick and easy café curtain.

27. Change Top-Tab Curtains to Back-Tab Curtains

Change a top tab curtain to a back tab curtain with this easy to follow tutorial. Super way to update an outdated window treatment.

© 2012 Loraine Brummer

Would You Sew Your Curtains? Leave a Message Here!

[email protected] on February 02, 2018:

I want to make a victory like valance with decorative swag side pieces but my window is 74 inches wide. Can I adapt any of these patterns which all seem for single windows?

MariaExcala from Germany on August 03, 2017:

i can't decide, they're all nice!

Rosanna Grace on February 27, 2013:

Yes, and I have done in the past. At the moment I am making some thermal block outs for a friend. :) Mine are very basic. I like all of your ideas. They are truly inspirational. Thank you.


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How to Measure a Simple Curtain

Two types of construction for a simple curtain, using woven and non woven fabrics.

Making a woven curtain can be very simple. In this post you will learn how to make two types of simple curtains; 1) with a casing 2) with bar loops. I will also show you how easy it is to sew a simple curtain if you make it with fleece fabric! The first thing that you will need to do is measure the window that you are placing the curtain in. Next, you will need to decide how full you want your curtains to be. I like pretty folds of fabrics in my finished curtains. If I am making a single curtain panel for a window I like to either double the width of the window or make the curtain 1 1/3 X the width of the window.

For the HEIGHT of the curtain, you will want to decide first if you are making a bar casing or bar loops. A bar casing is a large fold in the fabric that you will slip the curtain bar through. The bar loops are individual loops that you will slide the curtain bar through. After you have decided how you want to hang the curtain you will use the placement to measure to the base of the window or to the floor if you are going for high drama!

A picture of a window with a set of curtains and hand-drawn sketching showing how to measure the desired height of a DIY simple curtain.
  • If you are making a bar casing the curtain will hang from the point of the bar.
  • If you are making bar loops the curtain will hang approximately 1.5″ (3.8cm) below the bar placement.

Here is the fun & simple part! If you use a fleece fabric (or another type of fabric that will not fray) you do not need to add any seam allowances to the sides or bottom of the fabric. That means that the WIDTH of the curtain that you measured is what you will cut for the fabric. For the bar casing, you will add –2xtimes the circumference of the bar that you will place through the casing. For the bar loops, you will only need to add 1/2″ (1.27cm) to the top.

A picture of a window with a set of curtains and hand-drawn sketching showing how to measure the desired width of a DIY simple curtain.

If you are using a woven fabric that will fray at the edges you will need to hem it all sides of the fabric. This means that you will need to add seam allowances to all sides of the fabric.

  • If you are wanting to make the bar casing you will add the 1/2″ (1.27cm) to each side and the bottom of the curtain. Then you will add 2x times the circumference of the bar that you will place through the casing.
  • For a simple curtain with bar loops, you will need to add an extra 1/2″ (1.27cm) of fabric on all sides.

How to Hem the Curtain

If you are using a woven fabric you will first need to hem the fabric of your curtain. To do this you will fold one long edge of the fabric 1/4″ (6mm) to the wrong side of the fabric. As you fold the fabric you will use a hot iron to press it. This will help maintain the fold for the next step. To complete the hem you make a second fold 1/4″ (6mm) to the wrong side and press it again. Use pins or clips to hold the folds in place.

A simple 1/4" double fold hem showing how to make the hem on a piece of white fabric.

As you start to sew you will to ‘lock your stitches‘ or ‘backstitch.’ To do this you will make a few stitches forward, then sew in reverse on the same stitch line for a few stitches, and then start sewing forward again. Doing this will secure the stitch and prevent the sewing from coming undone. You will repeat this process, backstitching, at the opposite end of the fabric before you remove the needle.

A white piece of fabric being hemmed on two sides to show how to fold a crisp hemmed corner.

You can sew each hem one at a time if you would like. Be sure to backstitch at the start & finish as you sew the hem. If you are feeling confident you can fold the next hem prior to sewing and even the next. You will place a pin at a diagonal into the corners then stitch all three hems at once. Again remember to backstitch to lock the stitches! You will hem all sides of the fabric at this time.

A white piece of fabric being hemmed on two sides to show how to fold a crisp hemmed corner using a pin set at a diagonal angel through the fabric.

A Simple Curtain with a Bar Casing

Let’s start with the easiest curtain ever! I love making fleece curtains because they are so fast and easy. They are also a great fabric to keep a house warm in the winter or block the heat in the summer. I also love doubling up my curtains (putting two different types in one window) for visual appeal. Using a fleece will give a unique texture that stands out from cotton. This is my favorite combo! If you want to use woven fabric you will need to hem all sides of the fabric prior to making the bar casing.

A beautiful image of a set of two simple curtains. One is a black & white buffalo plaid fleece fabric and the second is a white draped cotton fabric with bar loops.

Step 1: Measure the Bar Casing

This will be the hardest part of this project! Use a tape measure to wrap around the widest part of the bar. Multiply this number by 2 then starting at the top edge of the fabric measure the distance and mark the point. Fold the edge to the wrong side of the fabric at this point and pin it in place. I would suggest testing the size of the casing at this point just to be sure that the bar can slip into the hole.

Construction of a fabric casing.

Step 2: Sew the Bar Casing

How to make a fabric casing for a simple curtain

Now, you simply need to sew the edge of the fold in place. This is called topstitching. Use a medium stitch length (3-3.5 if your machine uses numbers) and sew 3/8″ from the edge of the fabric. Remember to backstitch as you start & finish the topstitching. That’s it! You now have a casing that you can slip your bar into. Hang up the curtain and enjoy!!!

The end result of the tutorial directions for a fabric casing on the top of a simple curtain using a fleece fabric.

A Simple Curtain with Bar Loops

Completed bar loops around a curtain bar.

If you are ready to take your simple curtain to the next level you can add bar loops. Bar loops are easy to make & to add to any curtain. It will only take 3 steps.

Step 1: Make the Bar Loops

How to cut fabric to begin making bar loops for a fabric curtain.

Cut 5-12 strips of fabric that are 2″ (5cm) wide by 6″ (15.2cm) long, this can be the same fabric or coordinating fabric. The number of bar loops needed will depend on the width of your curtain. Once the bar loops are cut you will fold them in half width wise, pin it, and stitch it in place.

The four steps needed to make a fabric bar loop for a simple curtain.

Next, take a safety pin and attach it to one end of the tube. Sip the safety pin into the tube and work it up and through to the opposite end of the tube. Gently pull the fabric through itself so that you see the right side of the fabric again. This is called ‘turning a tube‘. Now you will want to press the tube flat with a hot iron and then topstitch each long end of the tube IF desired.

Step 2: Space & Pin the Bar Loops

Attachment of fabric bar loops on the top of a curtain, use for hanging.

To attach the bar loops to the top of the curtain you will first need to fold the loop in-half lengthwise matching the raw edges. Pin one bar loop to the left and right side of the curtain then equally space the rest in between. Pin each loop to the top hem.

Step 3: Sew the Bar Loop onto the Curtain

Zig-Zag stitching to secure bar loops to the top of a curtain.

Using a small zig-zag stitch attach each bar loop to the top hem of the curtain. I used black thread to show how I stitched back and forth across the base of the bar loops several times to secure it. This will also ensure that the edges of the bar loops do not fray over time. That it is! Now you will simply slip the bar loops over the bar and hang your new curtain!

Bar Loops of a curtain around a rod for hanging.

These two curtains paired together in a bright window are such a satisfying project to make and to enjoy day after day! I really enjoy making simple curtains for my home because it allows me to change them out as the mood or season moves me. We would love to see the curtains you make using this tutorial! Please share them with us on any form of social media using the hashtag #phatquarters. You can also share your makes in our sewing community on Facebook >>JOIN HERE<<.

A beautiful image of a set of two simple curtains. One is a black & white buffalo plaid fleece fabric and the second is a white draped cotton fabric with bar loops.

Today you learned how to:

  • BACKSTITCH: sewing in a forward direction for 4-5 stitches, then sewing in reverse on the same stitch line before sewing forward again.
  • TOPSTITCH: Using a stitch length of 3-3.5, stitch 1/8″ (3mm) away from the folded edge on the right side of the fabric.
  • How to TURN A TUBE
  • How to HEM a curtain
  • Make a BAR CASING for a curtain
  • Make a BAR LOOPS for a curtain
Four steps for making bar loops for a simple curtain and a beautiful image of a set of two simple curtains. One is a black & white buffalo plaid fleece fabric and the second is a white draped cotton fabric with bar loops.
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