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?

76 comments

Winn Adams
Winnie Adams4 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Faham S.
Faham S.4 years ago

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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Kelly N.
Kelly N.4 years ago

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

Kelly N.
Kelly N.4 years ago

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

Kelly N.
Kelly N.4 years ago

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

Lin Moy
Lin M4 years ago

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

Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

K s Goh
KS Goh4 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Krista T.
Krista Tackett5 years ago

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 !

Mara Rennie
Mara Rennie5 years ago

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