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How to Make Fabulous Curtains Out of Bed Sheets

This guide will show you how to make curtains from bed sheets that are virtually identical to ones that you could buy in a retail store.

This guide will show you how to make curtains from bed sheets that are virtually identical to ones that you could buy in a retail store.

DIY Curtains From Sheets

Prices for most ready-made curtains are pretty expensive for what you get. So, what if we let you in on a little secret—you can make your own designer curtains in as little time as a weekend if you have a sewing machine and the ability to sew a straight line.

If you’re not into sewing, we’ll even share a couple of no-sew options as well!

Just find some flat sheets on sale that coordinate with your existing decor, then have some fun and whip up a few curtain panels that rival those found in well-known home stores. It’s as easy as it sounds if you follow these simple steps!

The curtain rod is typically hung between the top of the window and the ceiling.

The curtain rod is typically hung between the top of the window and the ceiling.

How to Make Your Own Curtains Out of Bed Sheets

  1. Measure the width of the window opening and measure for length based on the height of the curtain rod. Determine if you want floor- or windowsill-length curtains.
  2. Take your measurements to the store and select the proper size flat sheets. Purchase ones that will provide a total width (two curtain panels) equal to two times the width of the window opening.
  3. Measure the width and length of each flat sheet. Mark them based on the measurements in step 1. Cut the sheets to the appropriate sizes.
  4. Create the rod pockets by gently opening each end of the wide top hem of the flat sheet with a seam ripper. Finish the rod pocket by folding the unfinished edges inside the pocket and securing with fusible hem tape or hand stitching.
  5. Form, iron, and pin the hems of the curtain panels. Give your curtains a professional look by using a twice-turned hemming technique to completely conceal the raw edges. Fold the fabric into a narrow hem. Make the second fold the desired depth of the finished hem.
  6. Sew hems using a medium-length, straight stitch on your sewing machine. Iron the curtains before hanging.

Tips and Tricks for Sheet Curtains

  • Cut Queen or King Sheets in Half: Cut queen and king flat sheets in half lengthwise to create two curtain panels. Two twin or full flat sheets will adequately cover most standard-size windows.
  • Try Clip-On Curtain Rings: Eliminate the rod pocket completely by using clip-on curtain rings. If there is no issue with the pattern, affix the clips along the narrow bottom hem and hang the sheet upside down—it makes for a neater look. Measure the ring and clip drop when considering the finished length of your curtains. If the sheets are the right size, you won't need to sew at all—just clip on the rings and go!
  • No-Sew Option: If you don't have access to a sewing machine, create hems and seams with fusible hem tape. Create a twice-turned hem, cut the fusible tape to the correct width and length, insert it into the hem folds, and iron according to the package directions.
  • Check the Sizing: Every bedding manufacturer produces sheets with slight variations in dimensions. Check the package for the exact sizing.
  • Use a Blind or Shade: Sheets are typically not thick enough to provide adequate privacy, insulation, and light control. Use a blind or shade as the first layer under your decorative curtains.
  • Don't Leave Fusible Hem Tape Exposed: When using fusible hem tape, leave no portion of the tape exposed. Fusible hem tape will leave a sticky, difficult-to-remove residue on your iron's soleplate.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Linda Chechar

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Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on July 05, 2020:

Eman, glad you enjoyed the bedsheets for making curtains!

Eman Abdallah Kamel from Egypt on July 05, 2020:

It is a practical and inexpensive idea. Thank you, Linda, for the tips.

Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on June 21, 2020:

Linda Crampton, they are really nice sheets. Sheet curtains are quite inexpensive instead of buying custom pricey curtains.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on June 20, 2020:

Sheets can be very versatile. I like the idea of making curtains from them. I've seen some attractive sheets that would look very nice as curtains. Thanks for sharing the idea.

Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on June 19, 2020:

Pamela, you made lovely custom drapes. They're very nice tailored. Drapes are certainly more expensive than simple bed sheet curtains!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on June 19, 2020:

Linda, I think this is a great idea as curtains are expensive. Your directions are very good. I made the drapes in my living room but I never thought about using sheets. I appreciate this excellent article.

Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on June 19, 2020:

Liz, glad you read about this article. I've used sheets and made window curtains, pillowcases, a shower curtain and sewed slipcovers for dining chairs and one for a sofa. I always like to sew for home decor.

Liz Westwood from UK on June 19, 2020:

This is an excellent article and very appropriate for a time like this. You have highlighted a practical money-saving solution for making curtains. Recently I saw a sign outside a house asking for old sheets and duvet covers so that the owner could make scrubs for those working in care homes during the pandemic.