curtain alteration and drapes are one of my favorite home decor items since they help to finish a space and create a welcoming atmosphere. If you want to spice things up a bit, they’re also a fantastic method to do so with texture, color, and pattern. I’ll show you a quick and easy way to hem long curtains without breaking out the sewing machine in today’s post.
For starters, put your drapes or curtains up high if you want to give the impression of a higher ceiling. I like to do so at a very shallow angle from the top when I hang mine. Then, pull back the draperies to create the illusion of width by opening up the room.
I’m not using a sewing machine and just hanging my curtains on the rod to hem them! This is the easiest way to frame your curtains if you don’t have time to sew or just don’t feel like it. Before draping them over your rod, give them a good cleaning and push.
The proper way to hang and hem curtains
The finished curtains’ length should be chosen first. This is a matter of taste; some prefer them pooling on the floor for a more romantic effect, others like them to skim the ground, and others like them to hang at a modest height. When hanging drapes in my home, I prefer to have them barely brush the floor.
Use a stick pin to mark the desired length of the curtain’s hem while the drapes are still hung from the rod. Use multiple identifiers, just in case.
The distance between the pin and the present hem should be measured. The drapes in my office are 10 inches in width. To create the new hem, take that number, deduct 2 inches, and mark the result. When I did this, I got a result of 8 inches. Using this length as a guide, make a series of pencil markings down the floor beneath your draperies.
Use a ruler or other straight object to connect the dots. Make your incisions along this dotted line with your shears.
Do your draperies need ironing? Bring your board there. You should iron the curtain with the reverse side facing up by turning the bottom edge over 1 inch. Make sure the fold is exactly long by pressing it with iron along its length. Fold the border over one more, this time an additional inch.
In the end, take some broad hem tape, and sandwich it between your double-folded hem before ironing it to secure it. Iron your drapes at a temperature that is safe for the material. Since the polyester could melt, don’t iron your draperies on a high setting!
Finally, the end! Making a no-sew hem is now finished. You may quickly and easily hem your draperies in this method without needing a sewing machine.