How To Measure And Sew Curtains? 8 Easy Steps!

Are you wondering how to measure and sew curtains? In eight easy steps, you can.

If you’ve ever done any home improvement projects, you’re probably already aware that it is always a good idea to double-check measurements first.

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After which, you can start sewing your curtains.

Well, you’re in the right place as you’ll learn how to measure and sew curtains.

So, without further ado, let’s start!


Steps To Measure And Sew Curtains

Here are the steps on how to measure and sew curtains:


Step #1. Measuring

You know that the first step is usually to measure.

For you to achieve a better result, first decide where you want your curtain rod to be mounted on the wall.

Here’s what you should take note of:

The closer to the ceiling, the better.

And then install the brackets accordingly.

Once you’ve placed the rod, measure from the top of the curtain to where you want it to begin.

Once you have done measuring the width of the window, measure its height.

Anyway, here’s a step by step guide in measuring your curtains:


Step #1. Prepare the things needed

Before the actual window measurement, you must first prepare the instruments.

You need the following:

Measuring equipment (either a ruler or a measuring tape), pencil, paper, straight rod, and chair.

Make sure to get the tools close in order for you to hand them quickly.

Remember to be intuitive.

For a more precise measurement, it’s safer to have a straight rod; about longer than the width of the window.

The chair is optional, but if you think the window’s length is higher than your height, you can have it.


Step #2. Know the curtain sizes

Knowing the curtain dimension you will use is essential; it will make your job easier, for sure.

Measure the curtain of your choice using an available measuring device.

The curtain measurements are supposed to be wider than the window.

Keep in mind that if both length and width seem vast relative to window space, it’s okay.


Step #3. Measure window dimensions

Here’s what you should take note of:

Some windows may have some designs that require additional measurement.

To calculate the total width, you must get the frame’s measurement.

Measure from the left window panel straight to the other panel on the right side.

Similarly, calculate window length from top to bottom.

Do the same process again.


Step #4. Measure the window and curtain

In the end, you can compare the width and length after you’ve measured twice and chosen the ones with bigger values.

Window panel width must be half the curtain width.

Otherwise, the curtain should be twice the width of your window.

This will ensure that the curtains will go along the rod when set up, otherwise, they will become flat.


Step #2. Cutting the fabric

To make up the top pocket, as well as the bottom and side hems, you should add 7 1/4 inches to your measurements.

Now, out of these measurements, you can cut a rectangle of curtain fabric.

Then, consider cutting the lining fabric just three inches shorter than your curtain fabric.

Take note, however, that it should still have the same width.


Step #3. Pinning and sewing the side

It’s time to arrange the fabric; the top should face the lining.

In order for you to ensure that they’re in place, pin them together.

To make a hem, you can sew along one side in a straight line.

Don’t worry if the edges are not that straight.

Anyhow, you’ll need to reverse it later on.


Step #4. Create a lining hem

You should fold the lining fabric’s bottom inch an inch and a half.

Do the same on the bottom edge of your curtain fabric about three inches.

In making the curtain’s bottom hem, you can put a pin where the panels overlap, then sew them.

If the seam and the side hem don’t touch together, make sure to sew them; doing so can avoid a loose flap.


Step #5. Sew the opposite side

It’s time for locating and labeling the middle fabric and its lining.

Pin the fabric, and put some mark.

When stitching, do so outwards from the center to the sides.

If the fabric’s lining isn’t that long, that’s fine.

Sew these together in the same manner as the first.


Step #6. Turning the curtain from the inside out

Now that you’ve sewn all three sides, you must reach into the bottom corner and turn the curtain right side out.

Trim and iron any hanging threads to make the seams crisp.

If you don’t have an iron, simply use your fingers to shape them into a point.


Step #7. Construct a rod pocket

In making a rod pocket, you must allocate 3 1/4 inches on the top of the fabric.

Pin it after folding and sew the edge of the fabric.

In this way, you can have a pocket between the stitch and the curtain’s top.

Remember to remove any excess threads.


Step #8. Ironing

Iron all seams to remove wrinkles.

Then, you can iron the entire curtain.

There’s more!

You must thread the curtain rod through the pocket.

After which, you can attach it to your wall’s brackets.


It’s A Wrap!

That’s all there is!

Your window is now complete.

Now, you know how to measure and sew curtains!