How to Shorten Sheer Curtains

Sheer curtains are long and elegant pieces of fabric that look good on any window sill. Sometimes, they can be too long and cause problems such as dirt accumulation and many more. Luckily, learning how to shorten sheer curtains won’t be much of a challenge.


Trim or hem your long curtain fabric until it is cut at your desired length. You can opt for a traditional method using a sewing machine, needle, and same-colored threads, or finish the hemming with some iron-on hem tape. 


These thin and translucent window treatments beautifully cover every inch of the window. It filters the light while providing a sufficient amount of privacy. However, these same qualities may pose a difficulty when altering the curtain’s hem.

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Step 1: Trimming

If your sheer curtains are unnecessarily long with a lot of excess fabric to lose, then you better get those fabric shears ready. Hemming unusually long curtains will make it appear bulky and less attractive, which is why you need to trim off the unnecessary sections. 


Don’t worry about trimming off the extra fabric. You can do it while your curtains hang from the rod. Measure, mark, and cut off the excess fabric. You can take a more meticulous approach by first calculating the amount of material you want to remove while hanging on the window.


After taking the measurements, take the fabric down and use a sewing pin or fabric pencil to mark a long horizontal line across the curtain. Use it as a guide before cutting off the excess material. Don’t forget to leave a 1-inch seam allowance for the hemming. 


Step 2: Measuring

Use your tape measure and fabric pencil to mark along the curtain’s width. If you have a hard time marking the curtains while it is on the rod, you can take it down and prepare for the sewing process. 


Step 3: Prepare the fabric.

Take your curtain and lay it right side down on a clean and flat surface. Get rid of any loose threads from the initial hemming. Fold the bottom edge ½ inch and another ½ inch to make a double fold and hide the raw edges.


Use a generous number of sewing pins to hold the fabric in place, especially if you are working with silk and other slippery sheer fabric. Iron the folds in place to make a memory on the cloth.


Step 4: Sewing

Take your sewing machine and adjust it to a longer stitch length. Run the fabric under the machine to hem the sheers. Make sure to use the same colored thread for a professional and streamlined look


You may want to do a hand stitching method by working with other kinds of sheer fabric such as lace and different complex fabric types. The holes in the material make it difficult to do the hem when using a machine.

Tip: Use smaller size needles

You might want to use a size eight, nine, or ten needles for hand-stitch sheer curtain sewing. These needle sizes are specially made for fragile and lightweight types of fabric. Also, try a fine polyester or extra-fine cotton-wrapped polyester thread for better results.


Alternative to Sewing

You can always use iron-on hem tape if you aren’t too familiar with hand stitching and machine sewing. Follow steps one to three to prepare the fabric. Once you have trimmed the unnecessary sections, fold and iron the cloth.


Take your hemming tape and lay it between the folds of the fabric. Make sure that the curtain completely covers the tape before ironing it. Set your iron to a low heat setting and gently press the cloth. 


Remember that you are ironing sheer curtains. They can be extremely sensitive to heat, so try to be more careful when ironing the hem tape. If you know how to do it right, it actually sticks even on slippery sheer curtain fabrics.

Hem Removal Tips

If you want to remove an inch or two from your original curtain fabric, then you won’t have to cut the fabric. Simply make the alterations by removing the existing hem and re-attaching it at a different length.


Take your seam ripper and carefully remove the existing bottom hem for new curtain fabrics. If the thread was a bit more stubborn than you anticipated, you could always get a pair of thin scissors to cut through. Be careful not to damage your sheers while removing the seams.

Where to hang shortened curtains

Despite what most people say, they can still look casual, chic, and trendy. We all know how kids tend to pull on floor-length draperies. Now, you can hang them in children’s bedroom windows to keep your pets and toddlers safe from falling curtain rods. You can also pair it off with some curtain valances or some swags to complete the look. 


There are multiple occasions wherein you might need to know how to shorten sheer curtains. You can hang them on windows with built-in seats or those above a kitchen counter. There are plenty of instances wherein shortened curtains are a more practical window treatment. Don’t be afraid to break some stereotypes and let your creativity run wild.


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Easy Window Curtains: How to Make Your Own Without Sewing

Window treatments can be expensive, but luckily there are many ways to save money on your window curtains. This article will show you how to make your own without sewing!


Steps on Make Curtains Without Sewing

Step 1. Buy fabric and a rod that matches the size of your window. You will also need to buy some pins, an ironing board, scissors, measuring tape or ruler, and something to make a hem (such as thread).

Step 2. Measure how wide your curtains should be by adding two inches on either side for hems. The height should be the length of your window.

Step 3. Buy one yard of fabric for every panel that you want to make (e.g., if you are making three panels, buy three yards). Also, measure how wide and long your curtains should be by adding two inches on either side to account for hems. The height will depend on how many windows and how long your panels are.

Step 4. Cut the fabric to size for each panel of curtains and hem any edges that need it by folding over once, ironing flat, then pressing with a hot iron. You can leave them raw if you want an unfinished look which is what I did here.

Step 5. Take one piece at a time and pin it to the top of your window, leaving room on either side for how wide you want it and hemming.

Step 6. Begin sewing around the perimeter with a straight stitch, moving from left to right or right to left. You can use an overcast stitch if you have thicker fabric that needs more support. Be sure not to sew past where your panel ends.

Step 7. Repeat with the remaining panels and leave your curtains open until it’s time to hang them up!


How to Wash Curtains

  • Wash in cold water on the delicate cycle and dry flat. You can also take care of light stains by spritzing with a stain remover or vinegar before washing.
  • For more stubborn stains, soak the curtains in water mixed with a little detergent and stain remover for 30 minutes before washing.
  • To remove dust, vacuum the curtains or shake outside.
  • Avoid washing your curtain with a load of towels as it could fray or cause shrinkage in some fabrics.


How to Hang Curtains

Hanging your curtains can be as simple or elegant as you want them to be.

Hangers: You can use a variety of hangers for different looks, including plastic sticks in shower clips, clear clothespins, and fabric loops.

Rods: Basic curtain rods are perfect with most fabrics but if you have heavier fabrics, use a metal rod.

Hooks: Hang hooks at the top of your window frame, then simply hang your curtains over them.

Rod Pocket Cords: You can use these to hang your curtains without sewing. They provide a cleaner, more finished look and they’re good for heavier fabrics that won’t stay on regular hooks.

Tiebacks/Cord Loops: These are great for short windows with no rods or if you don’t want the hassle of installing anything else. Just tie them to the top corners of the panel.

Ropes: Use these if you’re looking for a more natural look and feel. You can attach them to your window frame with eye hooks, then hang your panels over them in any way that works best for you (hanging one on each side or hanging both from one side).

Tension Rods: These are best for short windows. Just place the rods on any side of your window, then hang one curtain over them and use a tension rod to keep it in place (you’ll need two).


How to Preserve Curtains to last long

Hang your curtains in a way that they won’t touch the floor or ground. This will ensure you don’t have to replace them because of mold growth.

Wash your curtain at least once every three months with water and detergent, then hang it outside for some fresh air before storing it away again (you can also use a dryer sheet).

Store your curtains at room temperature in an area with good air circulation.

If you’re storing it away for the wintertime, make sure to put them in a sealed plastic bag or container that will keep bugs out. Make sure to give them time before using them again by airing them out outdoors.


The Benefits of Window Curtains

  1. They’re a great way to get privacy in your home without taking down the curtains. Privacy helps keep both sunlight and light from outside sources out, which can help you sleep better at night by reducing how much artificial light is spilling into your bedroom.
  2. Window treatments add an elegant touch to your home. Curtains are a great way to liven up any room in the house or can be chosen for how they coordinate with the colors of your furniture and other decor pieces that you have.
  3. They’re also an easy way to change the feel of your windows without having to spend too much money! Window treatments can be swapped out with the seasons, to add a festive feel during the holiday season.
  4. Curtains are also an easy way to make any room in your home more inviting and welcoming!

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