How to Make Window Treatments

Freshen Up That Room With DIY Window Treatments!

Window treatments in bold and colorful choices are a simple way to add a lovely finished look to any room in your house.

Sure, beautiful, uncovered windows allow tons of light and are very popular, but you do need some privacy in certain rooms.

But buying window treatments can get very expensive! When you consider that your window treatments are merely pieces of fabric, it’s hard to spend a lot of money on new window coverings for your home.

We have put together a long list of helpful ideas to show you how to make a curtain, create DIY valances and DIY curtain tie backs, how to make Roman blinds, hem your curtains, create balloon shades and Austrian blinds, and much more.

There are also a slew of curtain and drapery calculators to choose from!

No-Sew, Low-Sew, and Sew!

You won’t believe the resources we’ve made available to you on our page! We have a variety of sew, low-sew to no-sew ideas for you; there is no need to panic if you don’t care to sew your own window treatments.

Many tutorials use hot glue, hemming tape, fusible fabric tape, velcro, and fusible interfacing. And of course, there are tutorials for those of you who like to sew.

We found many unique and interesting ideas for special window treatments using unexpected items or techniques. We have links to two shades that begin with simple blinds as their foundation.

Hot glue is used in many of the tutorials to make a variety of shades such as Roman Shades, Austrian Blinds and simple valances. Inexpensive tablecloths, sheets, and vintage tea towels are used in some of the most beautiful DIY curtain ideas!

You will also find many window treatment hacks, such as covering a roller blind with fabric, making easy no-sew black-out curtains with velcro, using curtain clips instead of tabs or grommets to add texture, and simple, foolproof ways to hem curtains.

Wide Variety Of Window Treatments

There are links to quite a variety of window treatments, such as balloon valances, Austrian blinds, cafe curtains, cascade blinds, and a London blind.

Cute cafe curtains are very popular and simple to make, and there are several wonderful ideas below showing how to create a variety of these adorable cafe curtains, so understated and chic.

A cascade blind or cascade shade is another simple solution for a small window where curtains would be just too heavy and long, such as a bathroom or kitchen. Austrian Blinds are beautiful, with such fullness, and there are several tutorials to create these light-weight scalloped blinds. Balloon valances, another window treatment with fullness, can be made quickly and easily given the tutorials below.

If your curtains or draperies look sloppy when you push them back to the sides, DIY curtain tiebacks are the perfect way to draw your window treatments aside and bring the light back into your room.

You can find tutorials here showing how to create interesting tie-backs, such as those using a brooch, beads and fabric. Tie-backs are the perfect window treatment accessory, being both useful and decorative.

Curtain and Drapery Calculators

Our many calculators will help you immensely with calculating the fabric yardage you will need to make draperies, differentiating between calculations for sheer curtains vs drapes, and performing calculations based on the use of a single or double track.

Some of the calculators can also help with measurements needed for heading types, such as box pleat, goblet pleat, pencil pleat, pinch pleat, wave or s-fold, rod pocket, and tab top.

DIY Curtain Rods

If you are looking for some great DIY curtain rods to make, we have several links to unique curtain rod materials, helping you to avoid the cost and less stylish metal curtain rods. You’d be surprised at the ideas out there, using conduit, PVC piping, ropes, and copper pipes!

It’s always fun to experiment with a new technique, get creative, and as a bonus, save money!

So read on and see all there is to try out with window treatments.

How to Make Window Treatments

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An Easy No-Sew Curtain Tutorial

An Easy No-Sew Curtain Tutorial

Try out this no-sew curtain technique using fusible fabric tape. A Beautiful Mess

Austrian Blinds

Austrian Blinds are in reality a curtain and made up in lightweight curtain fabrics. Learn how to make Austrian blinds with these instructions. Custains Design

Balloon Shade

How to sew a balloon shade. It All Started With Paint

Blackout Curtains

Blackout Curtains #ad

How to make blackout curtains! These no-sew blackout curtains can be made with any pair of ordinary curtains. Affiliate Link to JOANN

Cafe Curtain

Cafe Curtain #ad

Make your own cute DIY cafe curtains with this easy, free tutorial. Affiliate Link to JOANN

Cafe Curtains

All that's required to sew these easy DIY cafe curtains are a bit of measuring, some pressing, and some machine hemming. Simple! The DIY Mommy

Cafe Curtains

How to make super cute cafe curtains. Jen Woodhouse

Calculating Yardage for Drapes

How to calculate the fabric yardage you will need to make draperies. Atlanta Fabrics

Cascade Blinds

A cascade blind, or cascade shade as it is sometimes known, is a simple solution for a small window. On this website are instructions on how to make cascade blinds. Curtains Design

Curtain Fabric Calculator

How to calculate the curtain fabric quantity. Insert measurements and get the amount needed. Sew Helpful

Curtain Fabric Calculator #2

This free-to-use curtain fabric calculator will work out how much fabric you need when you make your own curtains. We're In Stitches

Curtain Heading Types

In this piece of information, you will learn about different curtain heading types and how to choose them perfectly for your curtains. Contemporary Curtains

Curtain Hemming

How to hem curtains. A foolproof and super simple method for getting your curtains to hang at just the right length, every time, the first time! The Homes I Have Made

Curtain/Drapery Calculator

A yardage calculator for curtains/draperies. Online Fabric Store

Dip Dye Curtains

Dip Dye Curtains #ad

This DIY curtain is made by dipping the curtain into RIT dye. Affiliate Link to JOANN

DIY Cafe Curtains

By using purchased clip rings, an extendable rod and ready-made towels or linens, your DIY cafe curtains can be up in about an hour! Lora B

DIY Curtain Rods

DIY Curtain Rods

Check out these easy DIY curtain rods that will dress up your windows. Why settle for those plain old metal curtain rods when you can make one of these stylish alternatives. Confessions of an Over Worked Mom

Drapery Yardage Calculator

Select the type of drapery and use the calculator to know how much fabric to purchase. This will calculate for different types of drapes including pinch pleat, rod pocket, tab top, flat panel or grommet. Best Fabric Store

Drapery Yardage Calculator

Insert measurements into the calculator in inches to calculate the yardage needed. Online Fabric Store

Easy No-Sew Curtains

Cute cafe curtains an easy way. Cut down a pair of long drapes. Savvy Southern Style

Fabric Tiebacks

Curtain tiebacks are a great way to draw curtains aside and bring light into your room. Learn how to make curtain tiebacks. Wikihow

Farmhouse Style Cafe Curtains

Learn how to make farmhouse-style DIY cafe curtains with this easy tutorial. Farmhouse On Boone

Faux Relaxed Roman Shade

These free instructions along with photos will show how to make an interesting version of the Roman Shade. Stagg Design

Grommet Curtain curtains

A free tutorial will show you how to make grommet curtains in an afternoon. One Good Thing by Jillee

Hand Pinched (Double) Lined Curtains

Learn how to make these curtains like a professional. Sew Helpful

Hem Curtains With Iron-On Fusible Web

This is the quickest and easiest way to hem curtains. Tip Hero

How Much Fabric?

How much fabric you need to buy when sewing curtains. Here is a step-by-step tutorial. WikiHow

How to Hem Curtains

This article will show you how to hem your curtains using hem tape and a sewing machine. WikiHow

How to Hem Curtains - Two Methods

You can shorten curtains yourself. This article explains how to hem curtain with a sewing method and a non-sewing method. Kwik Hang

How to Perfectly Hem Curtains

If you purchase curtains and they are too long, here is a tutorial on how to hem them. The Shabby Creek Cottage

Kitchen Curtain

Kitchen Curtain

Don't buy kitchen curtains! If you can sew a straight line you can sew curtains. With this tutorial learn how easy it is to sew kitchen curtains that have a rod pocket and a ruffle at the top.

Lined Curtains

With this tutorial, you will learn an easy way to make lined curtains. Create and Babble

Lined Drapes

A pictorial tutorial along with instructions for making lined draperies. Sew Many Ways

Lined Drapes

Learn how to sew extensive-looking lined drapes. Spruce Crafts

Lined Pencil Pleat Curtains

Learn how to make pencil pleat curtains the way they are done in a professional workroom. Sew Helpful

Lined Valance and Side Panels

NO pleats or gathers! Add style and color to any room with these easy-to-make curtains, with hanging knobs. Check out the tutorial. Craft and Fabric Links

London Blind

This easy DIY project is on how to make a London Blind. My Decor Diary

London Shade

London shades look a bit like the balloon valance. Instead of being stationary like a valance; it can be pulled up and down using a cord. Learn how to make a London shade with these step-by-step instructions. Dummies

Measuring Window for Curtain

Here you will find 8 steps for measuring a window for curtains. WCMA NET

No Sew Curtain Panels

These no-sew curtain panels are a breeze to put together. Learn how with this tutorial. Artsy Chicks Rule

No Sew Curtains

Want to make curtains you don't have to sew. Use fabric fusible tape. Learn how here! House Beautiful

No Sew Valance

Instructions for making no sew valance. AOK Corral

No-Sew Curtain Hemming

How to hem curtain without a sewing machine. The Adore Abode

No-Sew Faux Austrian Blinds

If you are looking for a quick and easy way to dress up a window you will love this no-sew faux Austrian blind alternative. All you need is a glue gun and some fabric! Home-Dzine

No-Sew Lazy Way to Make Curtains

You can make custom window treatments for any room in your house using this step-by-step tutorial on how to make curtains. Kaleidoscope Living

No-Sew Scarf Valance

A free tutorial on how to make a simple, fast no-sew scarf valance. You can do it! Designed Decor

Pleated Drapery with Attached Valance

A tutorial on how to make curtains with valance attached. Home Dec Gal

Roller Blind

Learn how to make a roller blind using this step-by-step guide. Terrys Fabrics

Roman Blinds

Find out how to make a Roman blind for your window. Choose the perfect fabric for your room, then follow our easy step-by-step instructions. Ideal Home

Roman Shade

Learn how to make a stylish and tailored-looking DIY roman shade with this simple sewing tutorial. The DIY Mommy

Roman Shade DIY

Roman Shade DIY #ad

This DIY roman shade is a great way to get a custom-looking shade without breaking the budget. Affiliate Link to JOANN

Roman Shade Tutorial

How to make a roman shade with a curtain panel and mini blinds. by Courtney Myers at Home Talk

Roman Shades (No Sew)

Learn how to make a Roman shade using these free instructions. 365 Days to Simplicity

Scarf Swags

How to make scarf swags for your windows. Dummies

Sew or Non Sew Valance

This easy-to-make window valance covers the top of the blinds. No drilling necessary - perfect for dorms or apartments. Craft and Fabric Links

Simple Curtain Panels

Simple Curtain Panels #ad

This beginner-friendly sewing tutorial on how to sew simple curtain panels. Affiliate Link to JOANN

Simple Curtain Tie Backs

Learn how to sew simple curtain tie backs with these instructions. Home Made Ginger

Tab-Top Curtains

Our Pastimes has information and instructions on how to make tab-top curtains. Our Pastimes

Tie Backs

How to make fabric curtain tie backs with Velcro and no hardware. Best Fabric Store

Tie Backs Tutorial

The tie-backs are very easy and fast to make, and could easily have variations in length and width. Read the instructions and learn how. Maccabags

Upcycled Curtain Tie Backs

Repurpose items! How to make curtain tie backs by upcycling materials around the house including tee shirt curtain tie backs and jeans tie backs. Our Daily Craft


You can easily sew your own valance with some basic sewing materials, a little sewing knowledge and a sewing machine. WikiHow

Valance: Sew an Easy Ruffle Window Valance Curtain

Valance: Sew an Easy Ruffle Window Valance Curtain

Learn how to sew a simple valance curtain with ruffles with our video and photo tutorial.

Window Treatment 101

Basic information on making curtains. Threads Magazine

Window Treatment Fabric Calculator

Determine the amount of fabric you need to purchase in order to make window coverings. On this webpage select the style of window treatment and then insert measurements to find out the amount of fabric. Fabric Calculator

Window Treatments PDF

Making easy no-sew and low-sew window treatments. Wiley

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