How to Make No Sew Black Out Curtains (2024)

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I really believe that, second to painting the walls, the easiest way to transform a room is to add window treatments. Though I’ve been living in my condo since mid-October (wow the time has flown!) I still am seriously lacking in curtains.

Until now.

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I knew that I wanted to keep the gold & grey look going in my bedroom. I wanted something bold in color but subtle in pattern. And I wanted grommets. So, after poking around the interwebsa little bit, I decided to just dive in & make my own.

One evening while Sean was out of town, I bombarded his email with about 30 fabric ideas. Once he put on his wellies & dug thru his flooded inbox, we came out with one design we both loved – this Premier Prints Small Dandelion Twill Storm in yellow/white. I love the sweet little dandelions & Sean dubbed them “subtly and not too girly.” Win, win.

So I ordered6 yards of the fabric. I also ordered6 yards of white blackout fabric & two packs of white no-sew grommets. The blackout fabric ended up being on back order so I just picked thatup at our local Hanco*ck’s.

Then I set out to get going on these bad boys. I actually contemplated sewing them, then opened my craft closet, saw all the junk piled on top of my sewing machine, and ran out and bought more Hem Tape (Steam & Seam forcurtain #1 (Hanco*cks) and Ultra Bond (Walmart) for #2).

Check out my other no sew projects:

No sew envelope style pillow covers

No sew bow pillow

No sew sweater pillows

No sew towel pillows

No sew pillow with piping

No sew fur snood

Let me take a beat to tell you about these two no-sew tapes. They were both awesome and both had a major pro and a minor con. The Steam & Seam was awesome because you peel off a layer of paper & it was sticky – but still re-positionable.

This made it stay in place really well while you were waiting to iron it. However, you had to iron each spot for 20-30 seconds to fully melt it. The Ultra Bond melted in under 5 seconds, but wasn’t sticky, so it slid around a little bit, but no big deal. Both were awesome & I recommend both!
You might of seen my no-sew tutorial hereand here, but I’d be glad to reiterate it.

First, lay out your main fabric, face down. Iron it flat. I just ironed it flat on the carpet.

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Then, I measured the length I wanted & cut it flat across. I used 8 feet of fabric for each panel. This resulted in curtains about 7’4″ long. I hung the grommets 2″ from the top so they ended up being able to be hung 2″ above my window that was 7′ above the ground…. but more on that later.

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I measured & marked both sides of the fabric & then used the straight edge to draw a line connecting them.

Now, go around the entire edge of the fabric and hem it 1 inch. I did the long sides first and then went back to hem the top and the bottom. To do this, first fold over the edge & iron it to make a crisp fold.

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Then, place a strip of hem tape in the fold. Following the directions on your pack of tape, iron each section until the tape melts. Slowly work your way around the fabric. It takes a little while but is E-A-S-Y.

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Once you have a clean edge all of the way around, lay your liner on top, good side out.

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Now, starting with the long ends again, fold over the edge & hem. I folded over approximately 1 inch, same as the previous hem, on the 2 sides and the bottom.

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If you end up hemming liner-to-liner & not getting any of the outside fabric on your hem, it’s ok. That’s the beauty of hem tape! Just add more & iron again.

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To hem the top, I folded the edge over 5 inches. This allowed space for my grommets and a little wiggle room.

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Iron away & remember to hem the sides of the folded part closed, too, if you’re going to use grommets. If not, you can leave it open and stick the curtain thru that fabric tube. If you’re not using grommets, ta-d-a! You’re done!

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I, however, had to be fancy. My grommets came with a nifty circle tracer tool. So, I eyeballed where I wanted the holes to be (uniformly 2″ from the top- you want it to hang straight) then traced circles to cut out.

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I actually used a knife to stab the first holes… very theraputic.

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Then I used craft scissors to cut out the hole.

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Then I added the grommets. You put the edge with the lip on thegood side & the edge with the teeth on the back. Usethe palm of your hand to snap them closed.

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Some went easy and some were a pain in the butt. You have to make sure that you cut out the entire hole or they won’t work. If you have too many layers of fabric, you might want to trim back some of the innter layers.Once I did that, it was very easy.

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The whole thing took about 2 hours a curtain. I did it on the living room floor while watching TV. It was easy, the ironing just takes a while.

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I have to wait until Sean gets home to hang them. It is so hard to wait!

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Update: Click here to see the curtains in action in our master bedroom!

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How to Make No Sew Black Out Curtains (2024)


How can I make my blackout curtains more effective? ›

To get the most out of the room-darkening qualities, measure a couple of inches beyond the window frame on all sides. Using wraparound rods (which bring the drapes all the way around to the wall) is another way to ensure that most light will be blocked.

Is it cheaper to make your own blackout curtains? ›

Depending on your windows, you may find DIYing them to be a cheaper solution. For my windows, though, I feel I could have altered store-bought curtains just fine and cut my costs in half.

How do you make blackout curtains block all lights? ›

Blackout curtain panels should be hang about 6″ over both sides of the window frame and 4–6″ above the top frame and below the window sill, assuming that the panels don't fall to the floor. If this doesn't cut out 99% of the light, you may need a layer under the panels, like a blackout roller shade.

What material is best for blackout curtains? ›

The most effective blackout fabrics

Most blackout curtain fabrics use polyester as a solo material or combine it with other fabrics. Polyester is a synthetic fabric that boasts affordability, durability, and superior light-blocking qualities.

Can you turn regular curtains into blackout curtains? ›

Making regular curtains into blackout curtains is a relatively straightforward process that can be done in a few simple steps. First, you will need to measure your windows and cut the fabric to the appropriate size. Next, you will need to hem the edges of the fabric to give the curtains a neat and finished look.

What are the disadvantages of blackout curtains? ›

Blackout curtains have few health disadvantages. However, manufacturers may produce blackout curtains or roller blinds using polyvinyl chloride (PVC). This material has phthalates, chemicals that can enter and damage the human body through air particles, direct contact, and other methods.

What do you put behind blackout curtains? ›

Typically, the back layer is the light filtering, lightweight sheer, bringing natural light into the space when the front set of blackout curtains are pulled back. In other settings, this may be completely reversed to have blackouts as the base layer.

Do blackout curtains make room hotter or cooler? ›

Blackout curtains and shades will reduce the amount of heat which is transferred via your windows by as much as 24 percent, keeping the rooms where they're installed cooler in summer and warmer in winter. This will allow you to use your heating and cooling system more efficiently and save energy.

What works better than blackout curtains? ›

Whether you go with blackout curtains or blackout window film, you will experience the difference right away. Remember, for total light blocking, we recommend window film rather than curtains for complete coverage.

How much bigger than window should blackout curtains be? ›

curtains: Measure the Width: Use your measuring tape to measure the width of your window from one side of the frame to the other. Record this measurement. Remember, you'll need your curtain's width to be 1.5 to 2 times this measurement for full coverage.

How much overlap do I need for blackout curtains? ›

Measuring for Width

Measure the window you wish to cover. Add 4 to 5 inches of overlap on each side or a total of 8 to 10 inches to the overall window width.

How do you maximize blackout curtains? ›

If you really want to maximize the amount of light blocking, I'd suggest using a French Return rod that looks like this one below. By curving back into the wall, your curtain will terminate as close to the wall as possible to block the light.

Why can I still see light through my blackout curtains? ›

Why is my room still light with blackout curtains? Your room may still be a little light even with blackout curtains if the curtains are not snug around the window. Light wil lleak from around the top, edges, and bottom if the curtains are not big enough or do not sit against the frame completely.

How to improve blackout? ›

Achieve great blackout and privacy with a sheer curtain layered behind a thicker fabric on a double curtain pole. Depending on the depth of your window frame, a roman blind may also work well - - - but be sure to double check with a pro.

How do you attach blackout lining to existing curtains? ›

Lay your existing ready-made curtain face down on a clean, flat surface. Ensure the curtain has already been gathered to the desired width. Lay the lining product over the ready-made curtain and connect together using a single curtain hook.

How do you make temporary blackout curtains? ›

Using Tin Foil Or Cardboard

Tinfoil, or aluminium foil, is a common and inexpensive way to blackout your window. It's a great option to go for as it's airtight and there's no way to see through it, so covering your window with tin foil is an effective way to achieve total darkness for easier sleeping during the day.

How can I blackout my curtains? ›

Ready-made blackout curtain linings can be fixed to a set of curtains without any need for sewing, and are suitable for use with both eyelet and pencil pleat heading curtains. You simply fasten the linings to the curtains using the rings and hooks available at many on-line store. It really couldn't be simpler!

How do you block windows without curtains? ›

You can use household objects in front of the window to block the view, or you can create your own covering using film or glass paint. If you're looking for a more permanent option, you can hang blinds, shades, or shutters. Whatever you choose, your home is sure to look incredible once you add your personal touch!


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