How to Make DIY No Sew Curtains the Quick & Easy Way

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Discover a quick and easy way to transform your windows with this step by step tutorial on how to make DIY no sew curtains using tablecloths. No sewing or cutting required with this budget-friendly DIY idea!

DIY No Sew Curtains for the living room using tablecloths.

I decided it was time to give our living room a little refresh with some fresh, new window treatments. 

Last winter, I made these no-sew curtains out of tablecloths and while I’ve loved them in our living room, one thing has been driving me nuts. There has only been one panel on each window, when what I really wanted was a pair of curtains framing both sides of the window. 

But unfortunately, the tablecloths I decided to make into curtains last year were on clearance, and I could only purchase two of them instead of the four I really wanted. 

So, I recently went on the hunt for new curtains to replace our current ones. 

Well let me tell you…I was shocked at the price of curtains! Most of the curtains I loved were almost $200 per panel. What???!!! There was no way I was going to pay $800 for four curtains when I change the decor in our house like most people change their underwear!

I knew I was going to have to make my own no sew curtains again if I wanted to achieve the look I was going for without spending a fortune. 

Living room DIY no sew curtains for custom window treatments.

If you are someone that can’t sew like me and want to update the curtains in your home in an inexpensive way, then this blog post is for you! 

Making traditional curtains at home could not be easier with this tutorial. You can make beautiful, custom window treatments for your home without any sewing experience, no sewing machine, and you don’t even need a pair of scissors.

Choosing the Right Material for Your No Sew DIY Curtains

Before we dive into the tutorial on how to make your own curtains at home, the first step is deciding what material you’re going to make your curtains out of. 

I used tablecloths to make our curtains, however there are other ways to make no sew DIY window treatments at home using sheets or even paint drop cloths.

Custom window treatments in the living room with cotton tablecloths.

You’ll want to consider the ambiance you want to achieve, the level of privacy and light control needed, as well as your budget when choosing the perfect material for your DIY curtains. 

When choosing materials consider the following curtain options:

  • Tablecloths
    • Gorgeous Patterns and Textures
    • Wide Variety of Colors
    • Instant Touch of Sophistication
  • Flat Sheets
    • Versatile Materials Like Cotton or Linen
    • Readily Available in Various Colors and Sizes
    • Easy to Work With and Customize
  • Drop Cloths
    • Durable, Sturdy Fabric (Often made of canvas or cotton.)
    • Budget Friendly Option
    • Ideal for Achieving a Rustic or Industrial Look

Each option provides a unique look and feel, allowing you to personalize your home decor according to your taste and style preferences.

In this blog post, we’ll be focusing on how to make ready-made curtains specifically out of tablecloths. 

Measure Windows to Determine the Right Size Tablecloth You’ll Need

Next, you’ll need to determine the right size tablecloth for your window. 

Start by measuring the window’s height and width using a tape measure

For the height, measure from the curtain rod (curtain rods should be installed at least 4-6″ above the top of the window) or the point where you want the curtains to start, down to the desired length. Take into account if you want to the bottom of your curtains to puddle on the floor or hit just above the floor. 

Measure the curtain fabric to make sure the bottom of the curtains are the right length.

Measure the width of the window frame from one side to the other adding about 6-9″ on either side, if you have the room. We do not in our living room, so we can’t extend the sides of each panel any further than the window frame. 

Once you have these measurements, look for a tablecloth that matches or exceeds your height and width requirements. 

Opt for a tablecloth that is at least twice the width of your window for a fuller, gathered look when the curtains are closed. 

Having precise measurements as well as choosing a tablecloth with the appropriate dimensions will result in curtains that fit your window perfectly.

No Sew Curtain Supplies

For this tutorial I am sharing how to make no sew curtains using tablecloths, however if you choose to use flat sheets or drop cloths the supplies needed and the instructions are about the same. 

Cotton curtains and clip rings for an inexpensive way to make custom window treatments.
  • Tablecloths: Choose tablecloths that match your desired curtain length and width. Look for fabrics that complement your room’s color palette and style. The amount of tablecloths you’ll need will depend on the amount of windows you have and how many panels you want hung on each window.
  • Curtain Rod: The curtain rod provides the necessary support for your curtains, allowing them to hang beautifully over your windows. Choose a curtain rod that complements your style.
  • Clippable Curtain Hooks: These clippable hooks are what is going to give a high-end look to your curtains, and allow you to adjust the length of your curtains without the use of fabric tape or cutting.
  • Iron: To smooth out any wrinkles in the tablecloths before you hang them.
  • Measuring Tape: Accurate measurements are essential when crafting custom curtains that fit your windows perfectly. A measuring tape allows you to measure the height and width of your windows and tablecloths precisely.

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What I love About The Tablecloth I Choose to Make Into Curtains

I searched high and low for the perfect tablecloth to transform into curtains. I was beyond excited when I stumbled upon this exquisite green floral patterned tablecloth from H&M.

The gorgeous green printed pattern instantly caught my eye, and I thought it would add a nature inspired freshness to our home.

An inexpensive way to make custom curtains for your home or living room.

The great thing about this tablecloth is that it is made from 100% cotton which means it’s soft with a natural drape; resulting in an elegant yet comfortable look to the curtains.

Cotton is breathable and lightweight making it the perfect curtain material for allowing the right amount of natural light to filter through while also providing privacy.

The blend of the gorgeous floral design and the comforting feel of cotton not only enhances our room’s aesthetic but also creates a warm, cozy atmosphere that I just love.

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The Simple Steps to Make No Sew Curtains

Step 1: Iron Curtains

Before hanging your tablecloth curtains, you’ll want to make sure they look polished and pristine. 

Lay the curtains flat on an ironing board or any smooth, heat resistant surface. 

Use a medium to high heat setting on your iron, depending on the fabric of your curtains. For cotton or linen curtains, a hot iron (with steam) is the easiest way to release wrinkles. 

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Gently run the iron over the fabric, smoothing out any wrinkles or creases.

Pay special attention to the hems and edges, making sure they are well pressed for a professional finish. 

Step 2: Fold Over Extra Fabric at the Top of the Curtain

With your freshly ironed curtains ready, it’s time to prepare them for easy hanging. 

Lay the backside of the curtain facing up on a clean, flat surface.

Based on the measurements of how long your curtains need to be, fold over the extra fabric at the top of the curtain.

For example, if your curtains need to be 90″ long, but your tablecloth is 120″ long, you’re going to fold over 30″ at the top of your curtain. 

Using a tape measure, make sure the fold of excess fabric is even and in a straight line all the way across the top of the curtain. 

Step 3: Attach Curtain Rings on Curtains

The next step is to evenly distribute the clip rings along the top edge of each panel. 

Clip rings for DIY curtains that are made from a green floral tablecloth.

The general rule of thumb is to place a ring every 4-8″. I placed our curtain rings about 7″ apart so that the rings were evenly placed based on the width of the panel. 

Get the look of a pinch pleat curtain by pinching the tablecloth together on the top fold.

To make your curtains resemble the look of pinch pleat curtains, don’t simply attach the clips to the curtain.

Instead, pinch the fabric together on the folded edge, gently open the clips, and attach them to the fabric. Make sure they grip securely without damaging the material. 

Attach clip ring to the DIY no sew window treatment for an updated look.

This creates more of a structured, polished look once your curtains are hanging on the rod. 

Step 4: Hang Your Curtains

Slide the curtain rings holding the curtain panel onto the curtain rod

Living room curtain idea with a tablecloth, curtain rod, and curtain clips.

Adjust the panels evenly along the rod, ensuring the bottom of the curtain is hanging at your desired length.

Take a step back and admire how your space is instantly transformed with the addition of tablecloths that you made into curtains!

DIY No Sew Curtains for the living room using tablecloths.

Things to Consider When it Comes to Making DIY Curtains

When making curtains out of tablecloths, here are a few tips and tricks that will help you achieve the best results:

  • Choose the Right Tablecloth: Opt for a tablecloth made of durable and quality fabric. Cotton, linen, or polyester blends work well for curtains. Consider the thickness and weight of the fabric based on your preference for light filtering or blackout curtains.
  • Measure Carefully: Accurate measurements are essential. Measure your windows and the tablecloth precisely to ensure the curtains will fit well.
  • Consider Pattern Placement: If your tablecloth has a specific pattern, consider how it will align when the curtains are hanging.
  • Customize Length: Tablecloths come in various lengths. If the tablecloth you love is too long, you can easily fold over the extra fabric to make the curtains your desired length. 
  • Maintenance and Cleaning: Consider the care instructions of the tablecloth fabric. Some materials may require special care when it comes to washing and ironing. Choosing a fabric that is easy to maintain will ensure your curtains look great for a long time.

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How much do DIY no sew curtains using tablecloths cost?

The cost of DIY no sew curtains using tablecloths can vary widely depending on several factors; the type and quality of the tablecloth, the size of your windows, and how many windows you’re covering.

Farmhouse style window treatments in the living room.

This DIY only cost me around $100 for the four tablecloths (all the other supplies I already had on hand). Far less than the $800 I would have spent on curtain panels from the store!

Note: When shopping for tablecloths, keep an eye out for seasonal sales and discounts for an easy way to save money. I was able to snag these tablecloths at 20% off! Retailers often offer substantial discounts during events like end-of-season clearances, holiday sales, or special occasions like Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Also, consider joining store newsletters or loyalty programs, since members often receive exclusive discounts and early access to sales events.

Can I make no sew curtains from any type of tablecloth?

Yes, you can use various types of tablecloths such as cotton, linen, polyester, or even lace to create no-sew curtains. 

Choose a tablecloth that suits your personal preference and complements your home decor.

Living room DIY no sew curtains for custom window treatments.

Can I wash tablecloth curtains?

You sure can!

However, it’s important to check the care instructions on the tablecloth’s label to ensure proper washing and maintenance. Some fabrics may require delicate handling.

Custom window treatments in the living room with cotton tablecloths.

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14 Comments

  1. Hi Juliana! Thank you for your comment. We customized our living room sectional at Jordan’s Furniture, a local furniture store here in the northeast.

  2. Thank you Mary! Yes, I always pinch the curtains to create a pleat before adding curtain clips, it just elevates the look a little bit more!

  3. Heidi, I love your fabric selection for your curtains. And the one tip I have NEVER thought of is pinching a small pleat before clipping on the hooks….just brilliant. Thanks for sharing. Your photos are all gorgeous too!

  4. Hi Cheryl, Thank you so much for your comment, you made my entire week! It makes my heart so happy to know that you are enjoying the blog, I appreciate you being here more than you know!

  5. Hi Laura, I was so bummed that the tablecloth length I bought was sold out after I wrote this blog post. I’m going to keep checking H&M to see when it comes back in stock and will make sure to let you guys know!

  6. Heidi, this is a fabulous idea and easy DIY! And I love the cloth you’ve chosen. I’m enjoying your blog immensely and love your ideas you share. You stand out like a diamond as much as my most favorite blogger I’ve been following for ten years. Many Blessings ??

  7. I love love love the pattern in these curtains! I am bummed that the longer length seems to be sold out. I did pin this for future use though!

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