Who knew it could be so easy to have your own custom curtains?! With the perfect fabric, just the right dimensions and even the amount of black out – there’s nothing more perfect than custom! You won’t believe how easily you can make your very own DIY custom lined curtains!
So, let me just start out by saying that my sewing skills leave A LOT to be desired, which is why I called in some reinforcements (thanks Mom!) to walk me through it all. That being said, once we’d come up with a plan, it turned out these curtains were so easy to make that even I could do it!
Making my own custom curtains wasn’t difficult at all. Really. But, I won’t sugar coat the time it took – it was probably about five hours of measuring, cutting and sewing of course to make these two lined panels, which was so much longer than the couple of hours I had expected (when will I learn?!). Here’s hoping your expectations are just a little more realistic. Regardless, it was all totally worth it to have these luxurious, custom made, blackout-lined drapes for our new Farmhouse Style Master Bedroom!
– the perfect curtain fabric (I found mine at Tonic Living)
– blackout fabric, or lining of your choosing (again, I found mine at Tonic Living)
– ribbon for back tabs, grommets or the easiest and most convenient of them all, curtain rings
step one: Cut the curtain fabric.
Measure the length you’d like each curtain panel to be. Now, add 10 inches. This will allow for the extra that will be eaten up as you create a hem and attach it to the lining. Mark that length on your curtain fabric, then cut away. In the interest of keeping things as simple as possible, I chose to work with the width that my curtain fabric came in as it was plenty wide enough to cover my window.
For our new master bedroom, I chose a lovely oatmeal linen fabric from my very favourite fabric store, Tonic Living. With the perfect mix of beige and gray, there was no better choice for our Farmhouse Master Bedroom design!
step two: Cut the lining.
Because who doesn’t need a nice, thick blackout lining to block out those sunny mornings while we’re sleeping in until noon, am I
right dreaming? Ha!
I chose this soft blackout lining from Tonic Living because it not only blocked out light, but it also had the most beautiful, soft drape to it.
Working from the length you’d like your finished panels to be, add 2.5 inches for your lining fabric.
Now, cut the width of your fabric to 6 inches less than your actual curtain fabric.
Here’s what you should be left with:
Getting everything cut to just the right length was the most time consuming part for sure. Things really started moving along once we had all of that fabric cut.
step three: Hem the bottom of the curtain fabric.
With your curtain fabric right side down, fold the bottom edge of your curtain fabric up four inches, iron the edge and then fold it up and over itself another four inches, pressing it with the iron again to create a nice neat edge.
I found that by running the iron along the entire edge of the hem, I could avoid pinning altogether, but, depending on the fabric you chose, you may need to pin it all in place before sewing.
Finally, simply run a quick stitch about 1/4 inch in from the top of your fold, all the way along that bottom hem of your curtain panel.
step four: Hem the bottom of your lining.
With your lining fabric right side down, fold the bottom edge up two inches, iron and then fold it up another two inches, ironing it all in place. Once again, you may need to pin this all in place before sewing, but if you’re like me, you’ll just wing it with the ironed edge.
Run a stitch all along this hem too about 1/4 inch in from the top edge.
step five: Attach the lining to the curtain fabric.
Start by laying your curtain fabric right side up. Then, lay your lining fabric on top right side down, bringing the bottom up 1.5 inches from the bottom of your curtain fabric. Right sides should be together here my friends.
You’ll notice right away that the edges on the sides of your curtain and lining do not match on both sides – that’s exactly what you want to happen. Match one side together, pin it in place and then run a stitch down the length of it with a 1/4″ seam.
Then, do your best to match up the other side, bunching up the curtain fabric underneath until both layers are all lined up down the edge. Then simply pin and sew again.
step six: Turn it right-side out and admire! You’re almost done my friend!
Lay it all out with the lining on top and then pull at each side until you’ve got an equal amount of curtain fabric on both sides. Once you’ve got it all in place, iron both sides to create a nice, neat edge.
step seven: Miter the bottom corners. This sounds so much harder than it is. Really. All you need to do is tuck the corner of your curtain fabric under and run a quick stitch along it to tack it in place. If you really want to get fancy you could use a blind-stitch to tack it down (sewing it to through just one layer of fabric only so the stitches don’t show through the front of the curtain), but I just used my sewing machine to run a regular old stitch across all of the layers and it and honestly, you’d never know it.
step eight: Sew the top edge.
It’s time to take care of that extra fabric at the top. Fold down the top edge one inch, iron, then fold it down another inch and iron again. Pin it all in place (if you’d like) and run a stitch 1/4 inch in from the edge all the way along.
step nine: Prepare to hang.
So, this is where you need to add a way to hang it all. You could choose to add grommets like this, or maybe add some back-tabs like this. Or you could go the easiest route of all and just clip them onto some simple rings like I did and call it a day. Not only is this the fastest and easiest option, but honestly, it makes our heavy lined curtains so much easier to open and close. Seriously, these little rings slide like butter across the rod!
step ten: Hang your beautiful custom curtains!
However you chose to finish the top, it’s finally time to hang your DIY custom curtains and admire! You did it!!!
There’s really no better way to create a luxurious space than adding some custom curtains. Custom drapes allow for the the most perfect fabric, perfect lining and a perfect fit – now what could be better than that?
I want to say a great big thank you to Tonic Living for providing the gorgeous fabric and lining to make these curtains for our farmhouse bedroom as part of the One Room Challenge. If you’re on the hunt for the perfect fabric to make your own DIY Custom Curtains, Tonic Living is the place to find it! They have a fantastic selection of fabrics and carry everything you need to make your own drapes. And, if you’re just not feeling the DIY part, they’ll even sew up a custom set of curtains or a roman blind for you (find all the info here)!
Find tutorials for all of our Farmhouse Master Bedroom Projects below:
Wishing you SUCH a lovely day!
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