A few years ago my mom and mother in law gave me a sewing machine for Christmas. After moving into our first house, I started to realize all the things I could make with a sewing machine. Curtains, pillows, table cloths, and more. I really love sewing, I find it relaxing and productive at the same time.
Lots of people are afraid of learning to sew, but I taught myself, and it’s easier than you think. Here are three easy window treatment sewing projects I’ve done in my home. Maybe you’ll find some inspiration to sew something new or turn these into no-sew projects yourself.
How to Make Curtains Longer
In my home, we have nine foot ceilings, so I can’t buy lined curtains off the shelf that fit our windows. Sure they sell long enough ones at some stores, but it’s actually fine I can never find any I like, since I’d rather make them myself.
For the living room, I used these white silk curtains, picked out a fun trim, and added additional fabric at the bottom so they would reach the floor. When you add additional fabric to curtains, it’s recommended you add it at the bottom of the window frame so that the visual line is the same around the room.
Read about how to make curtains longer here.
Easy Window Shades
Of course even though I like sewing, I can’t sew anything especially fancy. These easy window shades could be a no-sew project since they are just rectangles stapled to a piece of wood and hung up as fake shades.
They are super quick to make, and could even be changed out frequently since they are only about a yard and a half of fabric for three windows.
See how to make easy window shades here. P.S. Check out that post to see a secret about our dining room.
Sew a Fake Roman Shade
Here is another non-fancy window treatment project that I made for our bathroom and kitchen. Clearly I have a thing for black and white fabric. These two are lined and have a black ribbon trim, which adds a cute touch. They don’t go up and down, they’re just fake roman shades also stapled to a piece of 1×1 wood that’s nailed to the wall.
My mother-in-law makes working roman shades on her own, which I may graduate to some day. I always love finding fabric that perfectly matches my decor and making my own things.
See how to make fake roman shades here.
Let me know if you sew or maybe you’d like to learn how? Did you know when you buy sewing machines from certain stores, you can get sewing lessons for free? It would be a great way to start.
Come see my recent projects at Decor Adventures and happy sewing!
My husband gave me a sewing machine and I have been having a ball with it. When our boys were young, I made their pj’s, shirts, etc. and then I returned to work so that went by the way side. I am now retired and I am working on a quilt. Since we only have one at home, I am taking one of the extra rooms and making it into a craft room so I can leave my sewing machine out all the time. It is relaxing and I love it.
That is so wonderful, Patty! I would love some home made pj’s!
Julie! I can sew but I am the Queen of no-sew projects…LOL
You sure are sister! XO
I love these ideas! Curtains/drapes/shades make such a beautiful impact in a room!