How to Make Drawstring Curtains

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Drawstring Curtains
Drawstring Curtains (Image: Pam Pleasant)

Finding the right curtains to match the colors in your home can be difficult. When you do find the right color, the curtains have to fit the window you are trying to cover. If you need more than one set to cover more than one window, there may not be enough in stock. If you make the curtains yourself, you can choose the color and fit, while spending less money. You can also buy enough material to do every window in your house. You can match all your colors and get the right style and fit for your home.

Things You'll Need

  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • Thread
  • Material
  • Sewing pins
  • Curtain rod
  • Ribbon or cord

Measure the length of the window. Lay your curtain material on a flat surface. Before you cut the material, add an extra 5 inches on the top and bottom of the curtain for seam allowance. Cut the material. You will need 2 of these curtain panels for this project.

Material
Material

Cut ribbon or a similar-colored cord to use as the drawstring. The drawstring has to be double the width of the curtain panel, so that it hangs down to the middle of the curtain when the curtain is not gathered.

Ribbon
Ribbon

Sew down the side seams of the curtain. At the top of the curtain, measure 5 inches from the top. Fold the material at the 5-inch point and pin it in place.

Pinned Seams
Pinned Seams

Sew your first top seam. When you are finished, measure 1 1/2 inch above the seam and sew another seam above the top of the first one.

Seams
Seams

Thread 1 ribbon between the 2 seams on the top of the curtain. Use a safety pin to thread the ribbon through by attaching it to one end of the ribbon and working the pin through.

Threaded cord
Threaded cord

Sew the ribbon to one end of the curtain, and use the other end as a drawstring. Hang the curtains on a rod by running the rod through the pocket at the top of the curtain. Hem the curtains to the right length. Draw the curtains back to open them. Secure them by tying the ribbon in a fancy knot.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use a colorful string with a sash for added style.
  • Match your furniture and rugs to the curtains for a complete look.
  • Add beads or gemstones to the curtains for sparkle.
  • If the material you are using frays easily, fold the seams in twice so that no fraying appears.
  • Launder the curtains on a delicate setting or hand wash. Do not put them in the dryer.
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