How To Make Simple Curtains Without A Sewing Machine


Making curtains without a sewing machine can be a bit daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. With the right materials and some determination, anyone can craft their own curtains. Here we’ll explore what materials you’ll need, and the various techniques for creating your own curtains. Most of these techniques don’t require needle and thread, and are made with simple tools.

Choosing the Fabric

The first step in creating your curtains is choosing the fabric. It’s important to select fabrics in the desired color and texture, with the appropriate weight for the window. Some fabrics that are recommended for curtains are linen, cotton, synthetic, and velvet. The fabric should also be lined or pre-made with blackout lining that blocks out light and keeps the room cooler.

Gathering the Required Accessories

Before starting to construct your curtains, make sure you have all the necessary supplies. This includes a ruler and a 4-inch wide wooden hanger that can be bent into the desired shape. Another optional tool is a hot glue gun, which may be needed depending on the type of curtain you are making. Additionally, a sewing machine may be used to make more intricate designs on your curtains, although it is not a requirement.

Using a Glue Gun

If you’re using a glue gun, it’s important to consider the type of design you want first. The adhesive can be used to create folds of fabric or to glue half of the fabric to itself so it creates a curve. After gluing two pieces of the fabric together, you can create the curtain hem. Attach the wooden hanger to the top of the fabric and insert one stick in the holes that were previously made for it. To make the curtains look more polished, you can add a decorative trim if desired.

Without Sewing

If you’re not comfortable with using a glue gun, you can make curtains without it. Begin by measuring the length of the window and then cut the fabric to match that size. Make sure to leave an extra inch of fabric when cutting so that you have enough to fold over the top of the curtains. Next, fold the top of the fabric over and add the wood rod to the opening, using ribbon strips to tie it down. Finally, hem the rest of the sides of the curtain to keep it from fraying.

Making a Rod Pocket

The rod pocket technique is a great way to hang your curtains without a sewing machine. To do this, start by measuring the length of the window and then cut the fabric accordingly. Then, make a pocket from one end of the fabric and sew a hem on the other end. Next, affix the rod pocket to the wall or window frame. To make sure the pocket is firmly secured, use a heavy-duty adhesive on the top and bottom of the pocket.


You can also pleat curtains without a sewing machine. To do so, begin by measuring the window and cutting the fabric accordingly. Then, determine how many pleats you want, and trace the desired pattern onto the fabric. Take a ruler, and then measure and mark 1 inch along the traced pleats. Attach the rod to the top of the fabric and add the sticks. Finally, use ribbon strips to secure the fabric in place.

Making a Grommet

Grommets are a ceiling-mounted curtain option and you can make them without a sewing machine. Begin by measuring the window and cutting the fabric accordingly. Make sure to leave enough space around the top of the fabric to create the grommet. Punch holes into the fabric using a drill, and then thread a piece of grommet trim through the holes. Finally, attach the curtain rod and sticks.

Hanging Curtains Without Rods

For a less traditional option, try hanging curtains without a rod. Simply measure the window and cut the fabric accordingly. Fold the tops of the curtains and glue or sew them together. Attach string, rope, or ribbon to the back of the curtains and then use the adhesive to attach the fabric to the window frame or wall.

No Sew Curtain Alternatives

Sometimes, the look of a curtain doesn’t have to be perfect. If you’re more interested in a relaxed, bohemian look, you can opt for no sew curtain alternatives. Beaded curtains, lace curtains, and sheer curtains are all great options that can be hung without a sewing machine. Simply measure the window and choose the fabric and design desired. Attach the curtains to the rod and add the sticks.

Using an Iron

If you want a more finished look, use a steam iron. Start by measuring the window and cutting the fabric accordingly. Iron the fabric in order to flatten it and get rid of any wrinkles. Fold the top of the fabric over 1/4 inch and iron it flat. Finally, attach the rod to the top of the fabric, using a hot glue gun.

Making Tassels

Another way to add a unique design to your curtains is by making tassels. To do this, start by cutting a 4-inch strip of fabric. Then, glue the ends of the fabric strip together and wrap a thin strip of ribbon around the center. Once it’s secured, tie a knot in the center of the tassel and trim the ends. Finally, attach the tassel to the top of the curtain or tie it on the rod.


Making simple curtains without a sewing machine has never been easier. With the right materials and determination, anyone can craft curtains for their windows. Depending on your style, there are many techniques that can be used, from using a glue gun and rods to inexpensive alternatives like lace and tassels.

Geoffrey Kirby is an experienced author and sewist who has been creating sewn projects for over 20 years. He has a passion for teaching beginners and inspiring more advanced sewists both online and through his writings. Outside of writing about sewing, Geoffrey loves to explore new techniques and styles of sewing that incorporate upcycling fabric remnants into sweet items with personality.

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