No-sew Curtains

Monday, June 6, 2016

Last week, I showed off my backdoor "shower" curtains.  Since then, I have been busy transforming the remaining curtains for our other main room windows.  Thankfully there were no more ruffles or gathered seams to do!  Instead I opted for a no-sew option for all of the remaining hems.

Originally I purchased both Stitch Witchery and Liquid Stitch, both of which are wonderful aids for no-sew projects.  I was really hoping that the tape would do the trick, but I bought both just in case it wouldn’t work with the unique fabric.  Thankfully it did.


  • Fabric shower curtains
  • Fusible bonding tape (like Stitch Witchery)
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Iron & Ironing board
  • Curtain clips & rings OR shower curtain rings

To hem using fusible bonding tape:

1)   Measure - The first step is to measure your curtains against your window sizes.  Actually, I hope you have already done this at least in general terms so that you know exactly what you’re working with.  If not, do it now.  I have two living room windows that are already the right length for the curtains so I will only need to cut them in half and make two panels out of each shower curtain.  For the kitchen window, I will need to split it into two panels and then hem across the bottom to fit the short window.  I hung the curtain and pinned up the ends so I could see how much length needed to be taken off. 


2)      Iron - the first rule of working with fabric is that it needs to be nice and smooth before you start cutting.  Sometimes I skip this step (don’t tell my grandma!), but for projects like this it’s really not an option.  If you don’t iron you WILL end up with an uneven edge and it will either make your life much more difficult or ruin your project.  Maybe both.

3)      Cut - If you have a rotary cutter & mat, then please use it.  Since mine is still packed away in a horrible box tower in the garage, I folded and used scissors to cut.  It is possible to get a fairly clean edge this way, you just have to be VERY careful.  I cut mine right down the center from top to bottom - this way I can get two curtain panels out of a single shower curtain.

      4)      Iron - Fold over your raw edges to begin your hem.  This step basically just hides the raw edge and will also help straighten out the edge if you skipped the first ironing step.  Or if you are no good at cutting a straight line…. Maybe both (I will let you guess which one applies to me).  Fold it over and iron it.  You will want a very crisp line here so that the next step will be easier. 

5)      Second fold - The tape needs to be slid into place and then ironed on to fuse.  I was trying to make my hem fairly narrow so I slid the edge of the tape just under the raw edge and then folded the hem over again so that the raw edge was completely hidden and the tape was just barely covered by the fold of the hem.  I worked in small sections at a time, alternating between Step 4 and Step 5

6)      Iron - Are you tired of that word yet?!? The directions for the tape are to place a “damp pressing cloth” between your hem and the iron…. I have no idea what a pressing cloth is, but I figured a towel would work just fine.  Just keep it damp enough to produce a bit of steam when you first set the iron down.  Be careful that your fold doesn’t move when you put the towel on top and press the iron straight down on the area you are fusing - no sliding!  Hold in place for 10 seconds (or follow the directions on your product if they differ!)

7)      Check the bonds - Hopefully you ended up with a nice clean edge that is holding together at this point.  Run your finger gently along the inside edge of the hem to make sure the entire length has bonded.  Patch any loose spots with additional tape.

This served as the vertical hem for my curtains, since I split a single panel down the middle to make two panels.  I repeated this process for both halves and at this point my long window curtain panels were done.  If you need to shorten your panels, like I did for my kitchen window, you can follow the same steps again for the bottom hem.


For the record, it is difficult to take pictures of windows.  Figuring out how to do this properly is now on my to-do list!  Until then, we will have to deal with these improperly exposed photos.  Thank you for your patience.


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