Drapery can be expensive, and a great way to save money is to make your own drapes. Most instructions for making drapes, however, assume that you know how to sew. If "seamstress" is not on your list of skills, these no-sew drape-making instructions are perfect for you. In just a few hours, you'll have lovely, fringed drapes that perfectly match your room.

Supplies You'll Need:

  • Fabric that matches your room (the instructions below tell you how to determine how much fabric you'll need)
  • A hot glue gun
  • Plenty of glue sticks for your hot glue gun
  • Sharp scissors
  • A tape measure or yard stick
  • Chalk
  • A pre-made fringe border from a fabric store, measuring 60 inches in length

Directions:

  1. Use your yard stick or tape measure to measure the length (height) from the curtain rod above your window to the level where you want your curtains to reach. Multiply this length times 2 (you'll be making 2 curtain panels) and add an extra foot. This is how much fabric you'll need to buy. For instance, if the distance from the top to the bottom of your window is 5 feet, you'll need 11 feet of fabric, or 3 2/3 yards.
  2. When you arrive home from the fabric store, cut the fabric in half so that you have one piece for each panel. The pieces should be as long as you want the curtains to be from the top to the bottom, plus 6 inches. (This extra fabric will be used to create the space for the curtain rod.)  Use your yard stick to measure off 30 inches on each panel. Draw a line down each panel with chalk at the 30-inch mark, and then cut along the line. You should now have two panels that are 30 inches wide, and as long as your window.
  3. On the wrong side (back side) of the fabric, use your yard stick to measure 6 inches down from the top of each panel. Draw a chalk line across the panels at these 6-inch marks.
  4. Apply hot glue on top of the chalk line, and then fold the top of the panel over, pressing it onto the hot glue. Work slowly, applying a little glue at a time, and pressing the fabric down a little at a time. Continue until you've worked your way across the panel. The pocket you now have is where you'll insert the curtain rod to hang your curtain.
  5. On the right side (front side), apply hot glue along the bottom of the panel, a little at a time, and press the fringe onto the glue to secure it. Make sure you apply the fringe to the side of the curtain that does not show the hot glue from the top rod portion. Repeat this step for the other panel.
  6. Once your fringe is applied, rub away the chalk marks, and hang your curtains. Admire their beauty, and be proud that you made them yourself.

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