Hemming Curtains 101

A simple guide on how to hem curtains. It has pictures, diagrams, and written instructions! It's perfect if you're looking to hem your curtains quickly and easily.

Today is going to be a short and sweet tutorial on how to hem curtains. It’s a simple job, but a lot of people don’t know how to hem! Once you know how to do this, you’ll have the freedom to get those curtains on clearance that are just a little too long, or something that you love that only comes in extra long! So, lets get started!

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Supplies for Hemming:

Measure & Cut

First, hang the curtain on the rod, decide how long you want the curtain to be. Add 1.5 inches to the final measurement and mark with a sewing pin.

How to Hem a curtain Hemming Curtains

Take the curtain off the rod and lay it flat on the floor. Carefully fold your fabric along the line that you marked with your pin. Measure to keep the curtain the same length across the whole panel and pin.

Place the fold onto your ironing board & gently press. This will give you a crease so that you know where to cut. Place your scissors in the crease and cut along the panel.

Repeat on the remaining curtain panels if there is more than one.


How to shorten curtains

Place the raw edge of your curtain onto the ironing board. Using a ruler, fold the fabric toward the back of the curtain 1/2″. Press with the iron. Do this across the bottom of the panel.

Tutorial on hemming curtains

Fold the fabric toward the back of the curtain again, but this time fold it 1″. Press with the iron and do this across the bottom of the panel.


Sewing curtains

Place your curtain onto the sewing machine with the back side facing up. Sew along the edge of the fold across the panel. Use a straight stitch for this part.

Hang That Curtain!

That’s all there is to it! Hang up that curtain and show off your skills on our Facebook page!


One Comment

  1. Good to know! Great directions!

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