DIY No Sew Curtains And How To Fake A Pinch Pleat
I wanted something to add a little color and drama to my dining room, and I looked at every single curtain on this side of the internet but couldn’t find anything I liked. Tablecloths, drop cloths, and even sheets can be used as curtains.
Items Needed To Make Your Own Curtains
Making your own curtains is not difficult, especially if you go the no sew route; it is a little time consuming, but all you need is Netflix and an iron. And an iron!
How To Make Your Own No Sew Curtain
I hemmed my curtain panels with 3 yards of fabric per panel, and I did things backwards by not ironing on the bottom hem right away because it seemed easier than measuring from the rod to the floor and then measuring the fabric.
How To Make/DIY Pinch Pleat Curtains (with pictures)
Hanging your curtains this way gives them a pinched pleat look and makes them look fancier; you may need to adjust your faux pleats as needed while standing on your ladder; I did this multiple times and was pathetically sore the next day from going up and down the ladder so many times. I still needed to hem my bottom hem, so I pinned them where I wanted them to be while they were being hung.
How do you pinch pleat curtains with hooks?
Pinch Pleat Curtains: How to Hang Them
- Lay the curtain face down on a clean flat surface.
- Work out the approximate distance from the top of the curtain to insert the hook.
- Insert the hook slightly to one side of the pinch pleat (see photo above).
- Hang the curtain while holding the rest of the curtain.
How much fabric do I need for pinch pleat curtains?
Pinch pleat curtains require more fabric to sew in the pleats because they gather up tighter, so you’ll need 2.5x the track width or 150% fullness.
How many inches are between pinch pleats?
A leading edge of 4 inches is recommended, after which you must divide the rest of the curtain into spaces and pleats.
How are pinch pleats calculated?
To figure out how many fabric widths you’ll need for your curtains, do the following:
- Multiply Pole Length by Fullness Ratio.
- Divide this figure by Fabric Width.
- Round the result to the nearest whole number*.
How do you use two prong pinch pleat curtain hooks?
One hook is required at the back of each set of pleats as well as at each end of the panel (4). Insert one of the two prongs into each of the two adjacent pockets (1). Pull both prongs through while flipping the hook ( 2 ).
What is the difference between pencil pleat and pinch pleat curtains?
Pinch Pleat curtains have deeper pleats and are perfect for creating a classic, elegant feel. They can be used with sheer and blockout fabrics and on a variety of curtain tracks and rods.
How wide should pinch pleat curtains be?
Drapes should be 96 to 100 inches wide for a rod width of 73 to 96 inches, 120 to 125 inches for a rod width of 97 to 120 inches, and 144 to 150 inches for a rod width of 121 to 144 inches.
How do I calculate how much fabric I need?
Use this formula to figure out how much fabric you’ll need:
- The number of pieces that fit into width (rounded down to the whole number) equals the width of fabric divided by the width of one piece. The total number of pieces divided by the number of pieces that fit into width equals the number of rows you need.
How much extra fabric do I need for pleats?
To make a 1u201d pleat, multiply the waist measurement by 3 and add seam allowances for each edge. For example, if your waist measurement is 25u201d and you want to make a fully pleated skirt with 1u201d-wide pleats, multiply the waist measurement by 3 and add seam allowances for each edge.
How do you make pinch pleats?
Using a Sewing Machine to Make Pinch Pleat Curtains
- STEP 1: Prepare fabric. I washed and dried my fabric to avoid shrinkage issues when I washed the curtains in the future.
- STEP 2: Hem sides.
- STEP 3: Hem top of panel.
- STEP 4: Pin in pleat tape.
- STEP 5: Sew everything together.