In my last post I showed you how I made an inexpensive curtain rod and finals. This post is the tutorial for how I made the no sew drapes and or curtains. I also found some creative unconventional ideas for rods and hooks that I linked to at the end of this post.
For No-Sew panels you can use drapery hooks attached to the panel header with drapery hooks or you can sew each one on.
You can also use clip-on rings – no hooks or sewing needed. You just need to make finished edges/hems on all sides of your fabric. Super Easy!
Since I wanted to use the decorative metal rings my friend Karen gave me I had to use drapery hooks to hang my panels from the rod. To make sure the top heading of my fabric panel was stable or had something to push drapery hooks into – I made a finished edge with a 1 1/2” ribbon encased in the hem. This give the hooks something to grab onto and keeps the top of the panel looking crisp – not floppy.
If you want to use decorative rings and drapery hooks follow the first set of directions to make the top(heading) hem. The rest of your fabric edges will just be a simple hem -fold over and iron- on adhesive added.
If using clips follow the second set of directions.
Note: These panels are not lined. My white fabric selvages were not marked with any manufacturers marks or pattern names so they already looked finished. I left them alone and only made finished edges on the top and bottom of my panels which made the whole process even easier. With pattern fabrics you will need to make a finished edge on all sides of your fabric.
Directions for using Decorative Rings and Drapery Hooks
Measure your window and figure out how long your panels need to be. Add 6-inches to the length needed to allow for heading and hem.
1.Figure out how long your header should be by placing a hook and ring on the top of fabric.
2. Fold over the fabric the size needed and place a 1 1/2-inch ribbon along the top edge the total width of the panel of fabric.
3. Fold fabric over so ribbon is under the fold. I rolled up sheets of Heat N’ Bond and cut wide strips the size of the fold over and ribbon. Press this onto the top of the folded over fabric and let cool. Remove paper backing from adhesive.
4. Fold fabric over again and press creating a finished edge with stabilization(ribbon). To make sure you are creating a good bond, turn panel over to right side and press again.
5. Tuck in or cut excess ribbon in to folds.
6. Attach drapery hooks evenly across the top of panel. My fabric was 58” wide and I placed a hook every 8”.
7. Place hooks on rod and then hook the hooks into each ring.
Directions for using Drapery Clips
How to make a no-sew finished edge or hem
I used Heat N’ Bond, but you can use fabric glue in instead.
Measure the length of fabric needed and add 4- 6 inches for top and bottom hem.
Read these directions and create the top hem and then hang your panel. The process is the same, but doing it this way allows you to find exactly where you need to hem the bottom of the fabric – no second guessing. No matter how well I measure I always leave the hem for last to make sure I don’t make the panels too short. :)
1. Hang your panels and pin bottom to length needed.
2. Remove and then press fabric as you pinned it.
3. Add Heat N’ Bond or fabric and press. Let cool.
4. Remove paper strip.
5. Fold fabric over again and press to adhere.
Look at these very clever rod and ring ideas.
Check out the curtain panels Michael over at Inspired by Charm made. He broke apart the links from chain for his rings. Wait to you see how he hung them. Very clever. I love what he did.
And when you want an extra long curtain rod and need options check out what Mary at The Tall Chick made using electrical tubing.