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Let me keep the story of these curtains nice and brief:
- I love the look of linen curtains. I wanted to make my own linen curtains. I went to the craft store. I saw the price of linen. I died inside. I put my dreams of linen curtains on hold.
- One day, when procrastinating adulthood at Kmart, I saw these ‘linen look’ tablecloths. They were less than a third of the price of buying linen from the craft store.
- I bought the tablecloths and then was like “Oh wait, I can’t sew, haha”.
- So I decided to join the tablecloths together using Heat N Bond.
- Below you see the finished result.
No-sew ruffled farmhouse curtains
- An iron
- Curtain clips/pegs
- Hemming tape (optional – only necessary if you need to fuse two tablecloths together). I personally use Heat ‘n Bond ultrahold in all of my no-sew projects, as it’s the strongest iron-on adhesive I’ve used.
A note on measurements: The number of tablecloths you’ll need depends on a few factors, such as your window size, how pleated you want the curtains to appear, and the desired size of your ruffle. I used four tablecloths for my curtains. To get nice pleats and ruffles, you’ll probably need fabric that’s about 1.5 times the height and width of your window.
Step 1 (optional): Fuse two tablecloths together
I was working with a pretty big window so needed a fairly large fabric panel to be able to get the dramatic ruffle I wanted. A single tablecloth was just a tad bit too small, so I needed to join two tablecloths together to create the right size fabric panel.
I stupidly didn’t take a picture of this step (hey, I’m new to this), but it was pretty simple to do. What I did was sort my four tablecloths into two pairs. I then used iron-on adhesive tape to fuse each pair together, leaving me with two larger panels.
Step 2: Ironing the tablecloths
I found that it was kind of hard to fold the pleats nicely with a crumpled tablecloth, so I gave the fabric a quick iron. It doesn’t have to be perfect or anything – as long as the worst creases are out, it should be fine.
Step 3: Creating the ruffle fold
Next I laid out my two fabric panels on a flat surface and started work on the ruffle.
To create the ruffle, I folded the top of the panel over itself to create a little ‘ledge’, like this:
You can make your ‘ledge’ any size you like – the shorter the ledge, the smaller the ruffle, and vice versa.
Step 4: Creating pleats by folding
I wanted my curtains to look pleated, so I experimented with a few different folds until I got the desired effect. This step might initially look confusing, but it’s actually not hard once you get the hang of it.
I started by making a little fold, like so:
Then, right next to the first fold, I made an identical fold. It should look as though you have a set of bunny ears in your hand, like this:
I then grabbed a curtain clip and clipped the ‘bunny ears’ about 2/3rds of the way down, like this:
I then made a much larger fold (to space out the pleats) and repeated the above, like this:
I then repeated the above (bunny ear fold, big fold, bunny ear fold) until I reached the end of the fabric panel. I repeated this with the second panel, then clipped the pegs on to the curtain rings they came with and popped them on the curtain rod.
And that’s it!