Do you need to hem your curtains without sewing? In this article, find out two methods to get the job done without a sewing machine. I will even spill about which method is best!
It’s week 7 of the One Room Challenge. We’re in the home stretch and time to finesse some of the finer details!
With the window being a major, unavoidable focal point of the guest bedroom, curtains were bound to be super important in the decor. I found it to be the perfect spot to add a little whimsy to the space!
Usually, I love long, pooling curtains. However, the pooling look really distorts the look of the vertical stripes. As a result, I needed to cut off some inches at the bottom so that the curtains kissed the floor.
No sewing necessary: 2 easy ways to hem curtains
Since I don’t own a sewing machine, I chose to hem the curtains using two different kinds of no sew hem tapes!
Hem method 1: Iron-on adhesive
Method 1’s steps
- First, with the curtains hanging, mark with a pencil you want the bottom of the curtain to be.
- Next, take down the curtain and measure (and mark) its current hem width. In my case, the hem was 3 inches wide.
- With the curtain panel laying flat, draw a cut line with a straight edge. Begin with the mark you made in step 1.
- After that, cut the excess fabric off. If applicable, remove the curtain weights from the excess you trimmed off.
- Measure for the new hem. Fold the fabric accordingly and pin into place.
- Press the new hem with an iron using the steam feature. Let cool.
- Snake the iron-on adhesive tape behind the new hem, making sure the tape is straight and flat. Leave excess tape on the sides.
- Carefully press your iron down on the fabric in sections for 3 seconds at a time. Do not put your iron onto the adhesive tape. It’ll ruin your iron! Let cool.
- Cut excess tape off.
- Finally, hot glue the weights back into place inside your new hem.
Hem method 2: Peel & stick
Method 2’s items and steps are a lot like method 1 with a couple of minor differences. This way utilizes double sided fabric, so there is no need to press down the hem with heat!
- Peel & stick tape adhesive
- An iron
- Straight edge
- Hot glue gun (optional)
Method 2’s steps
- Repeat steps 1-6 of method 1 exactly as described above.
- Snake the peel & stick behind the new hem. This time, be careful not to press down on the tape until you are sure that it is positioned correctly.
- Press the tape down in small sections, making sure that it is flat against the curtain fabric.
- In small sections, gently peel back the backing paper and press the other side of the hem into place.
- Cut the excess tape off.
- Hot glue the weights back into place inside your new hem.
It’s that easy!
Why did you use two no sew methods for the curtain hems?
I have used the iron-on adhesive method, but I wanted to explore if there was an even easier way to to create a no sew hem! Whichever kind you choose, no sew hem tape is extremely helpful!
Are the new hems washable?
I have not washed either curtain panel yet. Therefore, I do not know how the double stick adhesive tape fairs in the wash. In the past, I have washed curtains hemmed with the iron-on adhesive tape to no problems whatsoever.
Overall, if I were to do this project again, I would definitely use the double sided adhesive tape. My favorite part about using the peel & stick fabric tape is that it does not slip around while you work, unlike the iron on tape. You just press it into place and you’re done! I can, however, imagine that the iron-on adhesive tape may be better for hems in thicker fabrics such as denim.
I hope this tutorial and comparison was helpful and gives you the confidence to hem your own curtains (or any other fabric items for that matter) with ease.
P.S. There’s only 1 week remaining! Check out the other week 7 ORC projects!
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