Operation No-Sew Curtains

I can sew with a needle and thread, but I don’t know how to use a sewing machine.  Recently, I’ve thought about learning how to use one, but just haven’t found the right one or the motivation to teach myself.  My next house project is our dining room, and curtains were my starting point.  I always have a picture in my mind of what I am looking for and sometimes it takes me years to come across it.  Like, it took me years to find the perfect, bright red, leather, tote…and one day out of no where, Dooney & Bourke provided me with exactly what I had pictured! 🙂  

So I’ve been on the hunt for a certain pattern and color of curtains, and finally found them.  Curtains = very exciting, price = not so exciting…and I’m not in a place in my life that I can afford the Dooney & Bourke of curtains!  Then it dawned on me…there is such a thing as a fabric store and I can make my own curtains (should’ve thought of this months ago).  But wait, I don’t own a sewing machine and there is no way I’m hand-stiching a pair of curtains! This cute old lady at the fabric store introduced me to Heat’n Bond Ultra Hold.  I thought all old ladies knew how to sew and wouldn’t be caught dead in a no-sew aisle…but hey, there is a first for everything!  And this iron on adhesive tape was CHEAP.


Now the next dilemma, what color to paint the walls?  Originally, I wanted to paint this room orange…now maybe a yellow…what do you think?

No Sew Curtains

No Sew Curtains


Supplies
fabric, cut into “panels” (depending on the length and width of your curtains, this will vary.)
Heat’n Bond Ultra Hold (same as above, someone at the fabric store can help you with all the measurements!)
scissors
iron
ironing board
curtain ring clips


Directions
1.  Preheat your oven iron to medium heat.  (no need to fill the iron with water, this is a dry project!)

2.  Cut a strip of about 6-8 inches of the heat’n bond to work with at a time.  Place the strip on the border of the back side of your fabric and press down with the iron for 2 seconds.  Repeat this step until you’ve done the whole side.

3.  Peal off the paper lining on the adhesive tape.  Fold the fabric over to make a straight edge and press down with the iron for 6-8 seconds until the 2 sides are bonded.  Repeat this step until you’ve done the whole side.

(Repeat steps 2-3 until you’ve done all 4 sides of each curtain panel.  It took me 1 hour to do 1 whole panel.  The heat’n bond package has the same directions for you to follow.)

4.  Clip on the curtain rings and hang those suckers up!

22 thoughts on “Operation No-Sew Curtains

  1. Very beautiful curtains. I too have never learned to use a sewing machine. They scare me a bit because I'm think I will sew my finger or something. LOL! I wanted to take a sewing class just to get over my fear so I could sew costumes for my kids. Have a great week! ~ Ramona

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  2. Love the blog. I will have to try this. I just got a sewing machine after my mom passed away in November, but I haven't learned to use it yet. I am definitely planning on taking a class soon. Following from MBC. Follow me at:A Joyful Lifehttp://ajoy-fullife.blogspot.com

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  3. Sorry to hear about your mother, but how neat you got her sewing machine! I'm sure once you learn the projects will start piling up. Any tips our learn, feel free to pass along :). Thanks for following!

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  4. Funny, the little old lady at Hancock Fabrics introduced me to Fabric-tac fabric glue. I've made curtains for my whole house using it and it's easier than the tape. I love the fabric you chose for your curtains. Who needs to sew? Ha!RobinRobin Flies South

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  5. The Heat'n Bond iron on tape is great too. I've been checking the “seams” ever since I made them, and they are holding just as tight as the day I ironed them together.Sewing Schmowing 🙂

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  6. Did you go with yellow for the walls? I think it would look great with the curtains and your flooring. Thank you for the curtain creation inspiration. I needed an inexpensive curtain idea that I can manage, and this is it. I'm redecorating my living room and want to be done by the first weekend in June on a very low budget. New follower! Love your blog design and colors.I'd love to have you as a featured blogger on my Weekend Blog Walk blog hop. Let me know if you're interested.Jessica @ At Home Take 2http://www.athometake2.blogspot.com

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  7. I'd love to be a featured blogger!Also, I have NOT decided on the yellow to paint the dining room yet. I have all the possible swatches (20) and just need to pick one!

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  8. Hi Krista,your curtains really turned out cute. I am not a lover of orange so I would pick yellow for the walls. However, I'm sure orange would look great too! Thanks for sharing with Share Your Cup.Hugs,Jann

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