I decided to finally tackle hemming the curtains in my daughter’s room and to find a way to get it done in 15 minutes. I like sewing some things, but curtains are not one of those things. I’ve sewn plenty for the dolls, pillows for the house, and even a bed skirt, but it has been a long time since I’ve done anything with curtains. I have my curtain battle stories…they never seem to turn out right for me.
Challenging myself to figure out how to complete it in 15 minutes per panel got me to finish this last project in my daughter’s room. You can see the final reveal here.
Let me tell you this is NOT the way a seamstress would hem the curtains, but it works, it’s quick, and it still looks good. Perfect mom win!
How to Hem Curtains
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- Sewing machine (affiliate link)
- Iron(affiliate link)
- Ironing Board(affiliate link)
We contemplated leaving them long as that pooled look can be fine as well, but pooled curtains in a kids bedroom is not a great idea, in my opinion.
Step 1: Hang curtains
If you haven’t already, you need to start by hanging your curtains up on the rod that you plan to leave them on.
Step 2: Pull curtains
Gently pull your curtains toward the ground.
Don’t pull hard, but pull enough to take out the slack.
You want to get the slack out, so you can figure out which part of the curtains will hit the ground when the excess fabric is gone.
Step 3: Pin curtains
Do this on both sides of each panel you are hemming.
Step 4: Figure out length for sewing
Split the difference or pick a measurement you think will look nice.
In my case, I went with 4.0″.
Step 5: Pin for sewing
Step 6: Sew
You can sew the ends as well. It’s not required, but in my case, I did sew the ends closed.
Step 7: Rehang curtains
What’s your trick on how to hem curtains quickly? Leave a comment below.
Don’t forget to share your curtain hemming success on Instagram and tag me @realcreativerealorganized. I’d love to see!
Fran R. says
As a novice I’m confused as to what is meant by “pin on both sides”. Does that mean the right side and the wrong side or something else? Thank you for sharing a great 15 minute curtain hem.
KC Coake says
No worries. Thank you for leaving a comment to clarify. Hopefully it will help others as well. I just meant that when you go to pin the curtains, you will want to pin on the right side of the curtain while it is hanging and on the left side of the curtain. If your floors are wonky like mine, you will get pins at different measurements. Then you will have to decide where you want to pin, iron and sew based on those initial pins on the right and left side of the curtain. Does that make more sense? If not, just ask some more questions and I’ll do my best to explain further or in a different way. Take care.
Hi I love the directions- simple and easy to understand!! Thanks! My curtains go to the floor in the bedroom. I want them to come up to the window sills ( that’s quite the HEM, hu?) I’m not crazy about cutting them but not out of the question. My problem- I don’t own a sewing machine!?♂️ Can I use some kind of “double sided tape? – glue? -Velcro? Trying to keep it simple and still do it myself . Any advice would be helpful!!
KC Coake says
Yes, there are double-sided tapes you can use instead of sewing. I believe you iron them on. I’ve never tried them so I can’t give you a recommendation. I’d suggest doing a search on Amazon and looking at ratings to find what will work well