Friday, September 13, 2013

No Sew Kitchen Curtains

I was getting really tired of the valances in my kitchen. I wanted a lighter, brighter look so I decided to try my hand at making curtains. First I'll go ahead and show you some "after" pics with the new curtains. (all pics enlarge when clicked)

hobby lobby fabric

I really love them! Even my hubby said "Wow, I can't believe what a difference it makes!" 

Just to refresh your memory, here's what the windows looked like before:

Here's what it looked like after I removed the valances and patched up the holes where the hardware was:

Sorry about the flash...I just couldn't get a decent pic in here. I actually kind of liked them like this and lived with them this way for a few days. 

Here's what I used for this project:

I love this fabric! I'm really loving the new matching planter too. :)

Heat n this stuff! Most of you know I don't sew. Like, not even a little. :) I love that I could "make" curtains without touching a sewing machine! We basically cut the fabric to length and "hemmed" all four sides with this stuff using the iron. 

I bought these rods at Big Lots. Love that place! The big rod was only $8 and the small ones were only $6! I didn't get a pic of the curtain clips, but I got them at Joann's. :)

Here are a few more "afters"

Here's a close up of the fabric. I love the grey and white. 

Here's a breakdown of the cost:

Fabric: $8.99/yard for 8 1/2 yards. I used a coupon and got it for $45
Heat N Bond: $2.99 each and it took 4 rolls = $12
Big curtain rod: $8
Small curtain rod (2 of them) at $6 each =$12
Curtain clips $10.99 (we needed 3 sets and only used a coupon on two of them) =$24
Grand total: $101 Not bad for a whole new look. :)

Of course, now I've decided I need to recover my barstools in the kitchen. :) I put a swatch of the curtain fabric in my purse so I'd have it with me when I look for coordinating fabric for the barstools. This will probably amuse you, but when I saw the fabric swatch in my purse the other day, it really made me feel like a "real" seamstress. LOL! I can't even sew on a button, and now here I am carrying around fabric swatches in my purse like I know what I'm doing. Ha!

If you missed my post on how I "made" curtains for my living room for only $5, click HERE and to see more pics of my house, just click on "Home Tour" under the labels on the right side of my blog. :)

So, that's the curtain transformation. What do you think? Do you like it this way, or did you like the valances better?

Edited to add: The name of the duck cloth fabric I used is "Abigail Flamingo Gray" from Hobby Lobby. 

Hope y'all have a great day!



  1. I adore your new curtains! You sew like me.....heat bond. LOL! They look beautiful against your wall color. I think they really updated your kitchen. I prefer long curtains over valances too. I kind of think valances are dated now. You're on a roll!

  2. That looks fantastic! It is fresh and up to date looking now. That is wonderful fabric.

  3. Your new curtains look great. I am so impressed, because, like you I don't sew either. They make such a difference in your room. I can see why you are pleased.

  4. The new drapes looks fantastic, Lisa! They really add a finishing touch to your room. I can't tell, are they black and white or kind of a charcoal gray and white? It's very professional to carry around fabric swatches in your purse -- no different than carrying paint chips; so, good for you!

  5. Your new drapes look the fabric! Now when someone asks you about them you can boast they are custom made!
    Have a great weekend!!

  6. These are beautiful, Lisa! Be proud of yourself! I think panels make the window more elegant. My daughter just put panels up in her dining nook and it's really pretty! Now I can't wait to see your stools!


  7. Lisa, your new drapes are beautiful! The fabric is so pretty! What a big difference it made in your kitchen! I love Heat Bond. Best invention ever! :)

  8. Love your new curtains! They look great.

  9. Your New curtains look fantastic. Love the Fabric it really does add to the dining room! Wold love it if came by and shared it at One More Time Events

  10. Mac, I am a sewer and I think you are so clever to use the tape to complete the Drapes. A great tip for those that do not think they can attempt this task. Great job and they look great. Love the print and color. thanks for sharing your ideas.

    1. Thank you so much! I'm very intimidated by sewing machines. LOL! I was so glad I found a way to "make" these. I really should learn to sew one day. Maybe when my kids are all out of school and I have time, I'll learn. Then I can make things for my future grandbabies! :)

  11. Your drapes look so pretty, love the fabric. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  12. They look great and I love that fabric.... I also love ANYTHING that is no-sew!!!

    1. Thank you! I fell in love with that fabric immediately. :) I hear ya on the "no sew" thing. LOL! So glad for the invention of heat n bond. :)

  13. Gorgeous! I love the gray and white fabric too. It really makes your dining room look so elegant. A great choice!

  14. What a good way to make curtains without sewing! It came out lovely!

  15. Looks so pretty and no sew is perfect! I do love the color and pattern! Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!

  16. These are just awesome! I can't believe you achieved a whole new look so inexpensively. I've avoided doing any kind of window treatment in many rooms, but you've just given me some great inspiration. :)

    Thanks for linking this to Grace at Home--I featured you this week!

  17. Very pretty!! I love no-sew projects! You did a great job!

  18. These curtains panels are beautiful and a very rich color. It is a good value for the money.

  19. I just want to thank you for sharing your information and your site or blog this is simple but nice Information I’ve ever seen i like it i learn something today. Kitchen curtains


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