It's always fun when you get to try a technique that you haven't done before and it totally works just how you hoped it would. Of course with DIY projects, they don't always work perfectly right away, so it's a big relief (and time saver) when it all goes smoothly the first time. We needed a curtain option for our small studio bathroom, and I decided that this would be a great opportnity to try out a no-sew curtain technique using fusible fabric tape. As you would imagine, we have a lot of things on our to-do list, so I wanted a project that was a quick and easy answer to our curtain problem. Supplies:
-cotton fabric (I chose a swiss dot fabric for the curtains so they would let in a lot of light but still provide privacy)
-fusible fabric tape
-curtain rod and curtain clip rings
-thin cotton dish towelFirst you'll want to measure the window that you'll be covering. As a general rule, you want your curtains to be 1 1/2 times wider than the window itself so it will still have some folds in the fabric when the curtains are closed. If you choose a sheer fabric like I did, you can add a few extra inches to the width in order to get more opacity through the extra folds.I made curtains with two panels, so once I measured the width and height, I added an extra 2" to the height (1" for the top hem and 1" for the bottom hem) and an extra 4" to the width (each of the two panels also have a 1" hem on each side). Once you figure out your dimensions, cut your fabric to your specifications and cut your fabric down the middle if making two panels.Once your panels are cut, fold the right side of your fabric towards the back and pin and press a 1" seam down the sides of each panel.Remove the pins and cut a piece of fabric fusion tape the length of your panel. Lift up your pressed fold and place the piece of tape under the fold between the two fabrics.Place a damp thin cotton towel on top of your fold and place your iron on the fold, holding in place for 10 seconds. Our fusible tape instructions said to set the iron on the "wool" setting, so check your particular tape for specific tips. Continue to work your way down the fold, pressing your fold for 10 seconds in each spot, and move/dampen the towel as needed until the whole fold is pressed. Flip your fabric and repeat process on the other side of the fold. Repeat process with the other three sides of the panels. Once the sides are complete, fold, pin, and press another 1" hem on the top and bottom of each panel. Remove the pins and repeat the fusible tape process on the tops and bottoms.After your hemming is complete, install your curtain rod and clip the top of your curtain panels to the clip rings. That's it! I think the swiss dot fabric was the perfect choice for the space, and the ease of the no-sew technique totally lived up to the hype. Easy and cute—always a good project combination! xo. Laura
Credits// Author: Laura Gummerman, Photography: Laura Gummerman and Sarah Rhodes. Photos edited with Stella from the Signature Collection.