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No Sew Curtains and DIY Window Treatment Ideas

No Sew Curtains and DIY Window Treatment Ideas

Let’s talk curtains. Do you have them? I don’t, unless you count a shower curtain. I do have a few bamboo shades, but mostly, I don’t use window coverings because I live in the woods. A reader recently asked me if I have a simple DIY pattern for curtains. As a green home design enthusiast, I realized that curtains haven’t interested me that much.

So, I asked a master seamstress and fellow design enthusiast – my mom – about curtains. As you may know, I have lots of DIY chops, but sewing isn’t one of them. My mom always offers to help with decorating and mending projects that involve sewing.

Much to my surprise, mom says you don’t need to know how to sew to make curtains. Better yet, curtains and rods can be made from recycled and natural materials. Sheets and tablecloths make fine curtains. Curtain rods are easily created from decorative branches (see below).

Curtain Tips

  1. Curtains provide privacy and filter out light. How much light you want will determine the type of fabric you choose.
  2. If you need insulation and soundproofing, consider lining the curtains.
  3. What type of curtain? Choose your curtains like you would your clothes.
  4. Consider the length of the curtains like you might a dress skirt length. There are no real rules, but you don’t want to be tripping over them.
  5. When you choose a length, measure twice (always!).
  6. Keep it simple. With less frou frou on the top, the room will look taller.

DIY No-Sew Curtains

For more curtain inspiration, here are 10 no-sew window treatments from Better Homes and Gardens.

DIY Curtain Rods

Here are 7 DIY curtain rods and a rustic modern curtain rod created from a hollow length of bamboo with a dried seedpod as a finial.

DIY Tie Backs

Nautical ropes and knots work well for curtain tiebacks. Also, Thrifty Fun has a terrific round-up of tie backs made from ribbons, bandanas, barrettes, neckties, scarves, braided yarn, cord necklaces, fishing line, and jump ropes!

After checking out the window treatment possibilities, I am convinced curtains can bring a rustic elegance to a decorative and functional accessory. Am I a curtain convert? You bet!

Any other DIY curtain ideas?

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Ronnie Citron-Fink

Ronnie Citron-Fink is a writer, editor and educator. She has written hundreds of articles about sustainable living, the environment, design, and family life for websites, books and magazines. Ronnie is the creator of Econesting, and the managing editor of Moms Clean Air Force. Ronnie was named one of the Top Ten Living Green Experts by Yahoo. Ronnie lives in New York with her family.


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12:58PM PDT on Jun 4, 2012

Thanks for the article.

4:42AM PDT on Mar 29, 2012

True window treatment acts the same on a house as a pearl set on a beautiful lady. It enhances the house interior beauty and provide privacy from outside as well.
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4:46PM PST on Dec 8, 2011

Very nice article with lots of good insight. I'm thinking about some window treatment ideas for my den!

4:44PM PST on Dec 8, 2011

Very nice article with lots of good insight. I'm thinking about some window treatment ideas for my den!

4:43PM PST on Dec 8, 2011

Very nice article with lots of good insight. I'm thinking about some window treatment ideas for my den!

7:55PM PDT on Jul 23, 2011

My problem is getting curtians to stay up due to nothing will stay in the wall to hold them up,,,,

3:24AM PDT on Jul 16, 2011

Thank you

12:57AM PDT on Jul 16, 2011

Thanks for the article.

4:25PM PDT on Jun 25, 2011

Thank you for all your ideas and suggestions ! I hae been needing some curtains to block the sun , and I have gotten some great ideas from your article. And also thanks for the article on the shower curtain too - great idea !

1:24PM PST on Mar 4, 2011

Very interesting, thank you. I have been thinking of different ways to do the curtains in my bedroom.

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