No Sew Window Treatment Ideas

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If you don't have time to sew, or sewing just isn't your thing, you can still create your own beautiful no sew window treatments for your home.

Choosing Your Materials

The first choice you'll have when making window treatments is whether to use unfinished or prefinished fabric. Although you can make great window treatments without sewing using either option, this choice may impact your total project time:

  • Prefinished fabric: This includes any fabric with finished edges, such as a tablecloth or a sheet. If the material is the right size for your window, using prefinished fabrics will save you time.
  • Unfinished fabric: This includes any fabric with raw, cut edges, such as material you purchase by the yard from a fabric store or other fabric you've cut to size. You'll have to finish the edges before creating window treatments to get a professional look and avoid fraying. Use fabric tape or fabric glue and an iron when turning edges under to finish your fabric without sewing.

Professional Looking Curtains Without a Stitch

You won't have to get out a sewing machine to make these elegant, classic curtain panels. Here's what you'll need:

  • About five yards of fabric
  • One package of hem tape
  • Two packages of grommets
  • An iron.

Follow these easy instructions to make simple curtains without sewing a stitch:

  1. Cut fabric into panels to your desired length and width, leaving a few extra inches on each side to finish the edges. To have your curtains drape nicely, the total width of your panels should be one and a half to two times the width of your window.
  2. Fold back the edges to your desired length and width, then fasten with hem tape. Folding fabric a second time for a double thick hem will hide your raw edge and give you extra protection against fraying.
  3. Iron material for a clean edge. Placing an ironing cloth in between the iron and your curtain fabric is a good protective measure.
  4. On the back of the material, draw circles for the grommets, using the template that came in the package.
  5. Snap the grommets into place over the holes on either side of your fabric.
  6. Hang your curtains on any curtain rod.
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Surprising Materials that Make Great Window Treatments

When it comes to usable fabrics for window treatments, the possibilities are just about endless. You may want to make window treatments with one or more of these household items:

  • Table runners: Table runners draped or looped over a curtain rod make dramatic window toppers.
  • Throws: These colorful and soft little blankets become cozy, warm winter curtains.
  • Shower curtains: If you're looking for specific themes or strong patterns not easily found in ready-made curtains, shower curtains may contain just what you're looking for. Today's shower curtains aren't just shiny plastic; they come in beautiful fabrics that are as at home in the living room or bedroom as they are in a bathroom. Pre-cut holes make them especially easy to hang.
  • Scarves: Scarves with metallic accents and sheer fabrics look glamorous draped over the tops of windows.
  • Tablecloths and sheets: The prefinished fabric of a tablecloth or bed sheet may be just the right size to make pretty drapes.

Hanging your homemade window treatments is easy. You can either:

  • Use clip-on curtain rings
  • Cut holes and attach grommets
  • Simply drape material over curtain rods
  • Fold fabric over and use hem tape to create a rod pocket that you can slide your curtain rod through.

No-Sew Ideas For Sprucing Up Existing Curtains & Shades

Another no-sew option for window treatments is finding creative ways to customize the ones you already have. Here are a few ways to make your existing window treatments unique:

  • Ribbons: Use fabric glue to create ribbon trim for your curtains or drapes.
  • Buttons: Glue colorful buttons on as accents.
  • Costume jewelry: Big, dramatic pieces of costume jewelry make wonderful tiebacks for curtains.
  • Braided or macramé rope: Elegantly tie your curtains back with these decorative ropes in neutral, matching or contrasting colors.

Unusual Curtain Rods To Complete The Look

Instead of just buying a run of the mill curtain rod, why not create your own? Add a finishing touch to your homemade window treatments by adding a curtain rod made from a:

  • Golf club
  • Hockey stick
  • Bamboo pole
  • Walking stick
  • Antique broom.

You don't have to be limited by the assortment of window treatments available for sale. With a little time and imagination, you'll be designing amazing new custom window treatments without sewing a stitch.

Last Updated: February 13, 2012
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About Roberta Pescow Roberta Pescow holds a bachelor's degree in communications from City University of New York, Queens College and is a freelance writer and editor in the NJ area. The author of "A Life In The Service" and "A Monster's Tears," she enjoys writing informative articles, personal essays, fiction and music.  Roberta is a proud mother of two. Her other interests include fitness, photography, sculpture and meditation. She is a voracious reader and holds a 2nd degree black belt in Tae Kwan Do. Roberta enjoys decorating her hectic, but happy home and garden in original and affordable ways.  

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