The V Spot

Rants, observations and home decorating from a woman with no time for a blog.

No-sew curtain panels.

Let me say this out of the gate: I can sew, I just usually choose not to.
(OK, I almost ALWAYS choose not to.)

I sew with a glue gun. (Don’t you judge me.)

I don’t usually buy pre-made curtain panels. I found a great discount fabric store where I can get gorgeous fabrics anywhere from $3 to $8 a yard. (Sometimes even a $1 a yard!) I like to change out the panels in my dining room seasonally. (And I can because fabric is cheap.)

This was what I had up during the fall. (I dropped the ball during the winter and never got around to doing this for Christmas.) These 2 panels flank the slider in my dining room.

They were a nice warm sage/rust flannel plaid, but spring is here and I wanted something lighter. It was time for them to go.

Here’s my version of how to make No-Sew Curtain Panels:

I bought about 7 yards of a pretty stripe for about $35 bucks. I measure the area I want to cover and then add on about 5 extra inches for hemming and to create the pocket for the rod.

I unroll the bolt and lay it out on my dining room table.

It helps if you can get all of the chairs out of the way without an old cat getting pissed off at you for daring to disturb his slumber.

Once I cut the 2 panels, I also wanted to create a valance for the top of the panels. I don’t measure super accurately… I just eyeball it. I knew I wanted the finished “valance” to be about 10 or 11 inches long, so to play it safe I cut two lengths about 14 ”

Working with a stripe makes it easy. If you just make sure the stripes are lining up, you’ll have a pretty straight line.

Use your iron to make a nice crisp crease where you want it.

A little tiny scallop? pfft. Doesn’t matter…. we’re going to add trim in a minute.

“Hem” the rough edge with Stitch Witchery or your glue gun.

Take the selvage edge, fold it over and iron it flat. Secure with glue gun or Stitch Witchery.

Now adding your trim: I used a glue gun and eye balled it into a straight line. (Because I am all about the precise and professional results….)

When you’ve glued the trim to the front of the valance panel, flip it over and “wrap” a little of the trim edge around the back and secure with extra glue so that it doesn’t unravel.

Set the valances aside.
Now take the main panels, fold over the selvage edges and secure them.

Once that is done, lay your valance on top of the panel. Both should be right side up. Secure at the top with the glue gun or the Stitch Witchery.

Once they are adhered to each other, fold over and allow an inch or two for the curtain rod. This is where you are better served by the glue gun than the Stitch Witch. You will be adhering multiple layers of fabric and it will all be hanging off the rod from this point, so go for strongest hold.

At this point, get it on the rod and see where you need to hem the bottom of the panel. Decide where you want the hem to hit the floor and mark with a pin.

Fold over at the pin and secure with Stitch Witch.

Put it back up and make sure it hits the floor where you want it to.

Works for me. Cheap, easy and very little time commitment. Which is good, because I’ll probably end up changing them again in a few months…

You can go and visit the Nesting Place to see truly brilliant window “mistreatments.”

What’s next for this room? Changing out these autumnal shades on my chandelier.




Kelli said...

March 31, 2011 at 3:25 pm
Judge...are you crazy. Those are amazing. I can't believe they are not sewn. I need to do something for my sliding glass door like right now so I will need to bookmark this post (just adding to the others of yours that I have bookmarked).

Cherie@DragonfliezCreationz said...

March 31, 2011 at 3:30 pm
Turned out great! And would never judge, I have made those types of valances and they are not fun to sew.

Carmen @ Life with Sprinkles on Top said...

March 31, 2011 at 3:42 pm
These are fabulous, Viv! You make it seem so easy but I'm still skeered to do it. haha! Can't you just come over and make some for me? ;)

MiMi said...

March 31, 2011 at 3:43 pm
This is SUCH a Macey project!

Connie said...

March 31, 2011 at 4:25 pm
I've been thinking of adding some mistreatments to my little apartment.

I can sew...but not with a machine. I think I like your idea better.

Connie said...

March 31, 2011 at 4:28 pm
Holy Crap! One of those gals is 15!!

Drew's Mom said...

March 31, 2011 at 5:12 pm
Love this post! I've been needing to make some new curtains, but I have a HUGE fear of the sewing machine.. and a tight wallet. Your idea should work perfect!

The Crafty Gals said...

March 31, 2011 at 6:01 pm
This is my kind of sewing! I have very minimal sewing skills & I never would've thought to hot glue fabric. Your drapes look awesome!!

Maddie Kertay- The Domestic Anarchist said...

March 31, 2011 at 7:26 pm
Smaashing my dear... really they look wonderful and for those who don't sew your technique will be a god send!.. I love doing new curtains but honestly find it faster to sew than to glue..but with so much expereince with sewing I suppose it makes sense that is would be faster for me.

What I am totally jealous of is your place for good priced fabric.. for that I would give my left leg.. around here fabric is So expensive!!!


drollgirl said...

March 31, 2011 at 7:48 pm
you have mad skillz!

i have a sewing machine, but it takes a LOT for me to actually take it out and get busy with it. lol

i like to switch out the curtains at least twice a year. i think i need it is TIME, as the dark and heavy is just all wrong for spring and summer!

MeMeSue said...

March 31, 2011 at 8:10 pm
WoW...another GREAT idea!! You are a fountain of ideas and all good ones!

Abby said...

March 31, 2011 at 8:28 pm
So pretty! Never would have guessed they aren't sewn! I think I'd have to stick to the sewing machine though...if I tried that much hot gluing I'd have to go get skin grafts on my burnt fingers!

Kim said...

March 31, 2011 at 11:07 pm

My name is Kim

And I have sewed with a glue gun for the past 2 years

Love it! I do prefer the Heat Bond to Stitch Witchery, but I am with you on the glue gun. All of my pillow covers are hot glued together, If you are REALLY careful no one ever knows the difference!

Shawn said...

April 1, 2011 at 1:54 am
I totally love them! I also love the fact that you change your drapery seasonally. That would send me to the funny farm!

BTW- let Corsa in, she's ready for bed!

Lindsey @ Inspiring Creations said...

April 1, 2011 at 2:14 am
Those turned out beautiful! I also choose NOT to sew if i can help it! :)

Carrie @ Dittle Dattle said...

April 1, 2011 at 2:30 am
Wow! I'm impressed that you did all that with a glue gun!! Love the fabric too :D

Good Time Charlie said...

April 1, 2011 at 2:58 am
I am all about the glue gun and eyeballing it too. PS, your nails look fantastic! Do they always look that good?

Marie said...

April 1, 2011 at 3:07 am
I'm not judging coz just like you, I can't sew if it saves my life. But I can glue and usually use fabric glue.

Love, love the color of your curtains. You did a fantastic job girl!

Happy Feathered Nest Friday!

Sharon@Keen Inspirations said...

April 1, 2011 at 3:19 am
Wow! That's my kind of sewing project! I prefer a glue gun any day.I would never have known they weren't sewn if you hadn't told on yourself! :-)They look fantastic and you make it look easy! Stopping by from the Girl Creative and I've signed on as your newest follower! Stop by and say hello when you have a minute. Have a wonderful weekend!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

April 1, 2011 at 4:00 am
How wonderful those look! I love the no sew method too- it works great really!! I hadn't thought about hot glue for the trim- great idea!! Love the fabric you chose too- stripes are always gorgeous! Thanks for sharing at FNF! :)

Michelle @Shellsshabbyshack said...

April 1, 2011 at 4:16 am
The less fussy the better! Love how you've embellished these! Great tute and idea! I made some drop cloth panels a while back. Very little sewing involved and they still look great.
These look great!
:) Michelle

Impulsive Addict said...

April 1, 2011 at 4:48 am
So, I can't even sew on a button. M has to. I'm not even kidding.

I love the curtains and I love the red nailpolish. And the kitty cat.

Courtney Soleil said...

April 1, 2011 at 6:20 am
LOVE the fabric, where can I get it????

slommler said...

April 1, 2011 at 8:06 am
Your drapery tutorial is awesome...who needs needle and thread. Glue guns rock!
Love your finished product!!

Katherines Corner said...

April 1, 2011 at 12:15 pm
A girl and a glue gun! Taa daa, gorgeous! Happy Friday Hugs!

Maridith @ Strictly Homemade said...

April 1, 2011 at 1:34 pm
Always love your stuff! Great job. You always crack me up!

Shelia said...

April 1, 2011 at 1:39 pm
Honey, if I could glue like you, I'd quit sewing! :) Your drapes are so lovely and are just perfect in your dining room. I wish I could find fabrics for that cost! Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Lisa @ Flour Me With Love said...

April 1, 2011 at 3:39 pm
Wow, those are beautiful!!! I'm so happy that you stopped by my blog so I could find yours! I look forward to being your newest follower :)

Libby said...

April 1, 2011 at 4:00 pm
Easy and fabulous! I'm going to have to use this tutorial. You make it look so easy!

Becca said...

April 1, 2011 at 7:26 pm
Fantastic- of course!! I just paid good hard-earned cash for ones that were already made...... cost a lot but you know me and a glue gun are not the best of friends......


Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

April 1, 2011 at 8:16 pm
Thank you! I hate to sew, too, but I'm going to need some new curtains soon, and now I don't have to sew a thing! I'll just use my glue gun! Your curtains look amazing!

Emily {WhipperBerry} said...

April 1, 2011 at 11:07 pm
A girl after my own heart! I choose not to sew too! The drapes turned out lovely. Thanks for linking up!
33. said...

April 2, 2011 at 2:27 am
very pretty! I too avoid sewing! hahaha

good luck in the competition.


Xazmin said...

April 2, 2011 at 8:18 am
Well, I too sew with a glue gun. And also...I canNOT sew.

I LOVE these! They are fabulous you know!

I'm checking out your link now...I want you to win!

Ange said...

April 2, 2011 at 1:35 pm
I love stich witchery! :) I am trying to find some fabric so I can make some curtains for my dining room as well. Those are beautiful, love the pattern! Good Luck in the competition!!!

Sommer said...

April 2, 2011 at 2:53 pm
Girl go link this to my party! I love them! Well I love all your projects lol. But these beautiful!

Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims said...

April 2, 2011 at 4:16 pm
no judging here!! i hot glue vs. sew whenever possible, lol!!!

PS: I'm doing a giveaway on my blog for $20 to my etsy shop, stop by and enter if you like pretty jewelry! :)

At The Picket Fence said...

April 2, 2011 at 5:39 pm
Those look fantastic Vivienne and I am so jealous that you have such a great spot for finding discount fabrics. I gotta tell you...I'm pretty sure after seeing this I will think twice before lugging my sewing machine out next time! Thanks so much for the great tutorial and for linking this up to Inspiration Friday!

Shirley said...

April 2, 2011 at 10:42 pm
Great idea and they look fantastic. I'll be looking for curtains soon for my family room.

Jaderbomb said...

April 3, 2011 at 12:58 am

Patti said...

April 3, 2011 at 3:32 pm
They look professionally made - well done and thanks for the idea!

Amanda said...

April 3, 2011 at 9:36 pm
These are wonderful, they look so professional, big bucks could easily have been spent on them!

Best of luck in the comp, I'm sure you will do fantastically well.

Jen-CraftOManiac said...

April 3, 2011 at 11:34 pm
Sewing with a glue gun and they look that amazing? YOU ARE MY NEW HERO! love them! winks-jen

laniebp said...

April 4, 2011 at 10:11 am
That is amazing! Will you share with us the name of the fabric store and where it is located and if they sell online?

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

April 4, 2011 at 12:40 pm
I don't sew, either, so I use a glue gun, or beg someone else to help me, lol!

Mary said...

April 4, 2011 at 3:02 pm
You did a really great job1 Thank you for shring this at masterpiece Monday. Have a great week, Mary :O)

Songbirdtiff said...

April 5, 2011 at 1:25 am
Beautiful and simple :)

My Garden of Eden said...

April 5, 2011 at 1:58 pm
These turned out SO cute!!! Thanks for linking up to What's in Your Garden!!


Judy said...

April 6, 2011 at 12:09 am
Those look great. Thanks so much for sharing at my Swing into Spring party.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

April 6, 2011 at 12:10 am
They look great! And no one would ever know! Very good job! ♥

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

April 6, 2011 at 12:11 am
The curtains are fabulous. Not being a sewer I love to see these no sew projects.

Tammy @ Type A said...

April 6, 2011 at 12:36 am
thank for sharing this at my party! i love them, and what a great idea, not sewing! love that.

Donnie said...

April 6, 2011 at 1:09 am
I love how they turned out. Very nice.

Ashley@EisyMorgan said...

April 6, 2011 at 3:04 am
THis looks gorgeous and I love that you say you sew with HOT GLUE!! I want to do this, that is my kinda sewing:) Thanks for linking up:)

CAS said...

April 6, 2011 at 1:29 pm
Love that fabric. The stripe, along with the fringe, makes for a very fresh, Spring-like look.

Elizabeth said...

April 6, 2011 at 5:29 pm
Where is this store? Does it have a website? What's it called? I've been wanting to make curtains for a long time, but it's more expensive to make them than buy them!

MessyMissy said...

April 8, 2011 at 12:44 am
K, I'm going to do like you from now on. I just attempted to make a shirred summer dress this afternoon and BOTCHED it big time....wish hot glue would work for that project too!! Thanks for linking up to Marvelously sure to stop in next Monday for another party!!

April said...

April 9, 2011 at 7:36 pm
"I sew with my glue gun" hahah LOVE it! OK, so I keep clicking on your projects at linky parties, so I might as well follow you now!

Jessi said...

April 11, 2011 at 12:50 am
Looks so nice! I LOVE sewing projects with no sewing involved!!!

Nicole@Thrifty Decorating said...

April 11, 2011 at 2:43 am
Love your no-sew curtains! I also really like your blog looks great! :)

Kim said...

April 11, 2011 at 8:06 pm
Hey Miss Thing!
Just saw this featured at Tatertots & Jello, good work!


kimberly.labate said...

May 26, 2011 at 5:01 am
lovely, well done.

however, what im really interested in are your rods to hand the drapes on....they are only short and are not meant to cross the expanse, yes?

can you tell me about them?

Vivienne @ the V Spot said...

May 26, 2011 at 5:10 am
The rods are the shortest available (28" I think...?) and I put them up and only put a finial on one end.

Janet D said...

September 24, 2011 at 10:17 pm
Stitch Witchery has never worked for me yet. It's got to be me, not the product. Anybody else have trouble with it?

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