Free Pattern for Simple Curtain Panels, Curtain Valance and Tiebacks

  • 01 of 07

    Materials Needed to Sew Simple Curtains

    how to sew straight curtains
    how to sew straight curtains. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    This curtain pattern will guide you through sewing curtain panels, valance, and tiebacks. The curtain panels are straight panels with a casing for the curtain rod. The valance dresses up the curtains and the tiebacks allow you to let light in but keep the curtain rod discreetly covered. These instructions use a basic curtain rod that can be found in almost any discount store.



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  • 02 of 07

    Turn and Press Raw Edges

    Press under all edges
    Press under all edges. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    • Trim away the selvedge of the fabric.
    • Press under 1/2 inch (to the wrong side of the fabric) on all edges, pressing the side edges first.

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    Side Hems

    Side Hems
    Side Hems. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    • Press under 1 inch on the sides of the panels.
    • Stitch the hems in place sewing on the folded-under edge. The hem may be straight stitched or blind stitched. This type of lengthy straight hem is an excellent time to master your sewing machine blind hem capability.
    • Any optional trim or embroidery stitches on the side hems should be sewn before continuing.

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    Sew the Header and Rod Pocket

    Sew the Curtain Header & Rod Pocket
    Sew the Header & Rod Pocket. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    • Re-press under the top raw edge 1/2 inch.
    • Press under the amount you allowed for a header facing.
    • Straight stitch the pressed-under raw edge. Back stitch the ends of the stitching.
    • Set a seam guide to guide your stitching and sew the upper line of stitching that will form the rod casing. Back stitch the ends of the stitching.

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  • 05 of 07

    Sew the Curtain Panel Hem

    Sew the Curtain Hem
    Sew the Curtain Hem. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    • Re-press under the bottom raw edge 1/2 inch.
    • Turn and press the desired hem. Straight stitch or blind stitch the hem in place.
    • Repeat to sew each curtain panel.

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  • 06 of 07

    Sew the Curtain Valance

    Sew a Window Valance
    Sew a Window Valance. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    A valance is shorter than a curtain panel and one long strip instead of panels which can open.


    • Sew strips of fabric together to make them wide enough for the entire window width.
    • Hem and sew as you would a curtain panel

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    Sew Tiebacks

    Sew Curtain Tie Backs
    Sew Curtain Tie Backs. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    • Decide the width of your finished tiebacks. Double the width and add 1 inch for a seam allowance.
    • Decide the length of the desired tieback. Cut the length and width of the tieback.
    • Fold the tieback in half lengthwise, with the right sides of the fabric together, matching the raw edges.
    • Sew a seam in the raw edge using a 1/2-inch seam allowance.
    • Turn the tube right side out and press with the seam along the center or bottom edge.
    • Turn in the ends enough to enclose the raw edges. Stitch the ends to...MORE hold the raw edges in.
    • Sew a plastic ring or thread chain to the end of the tieback to use to hold the tieback to the wall.