How to Make Simple Kitchen Curtains


By Janice Wood

Kitchen curtains are relatively easy to make because:

  1. you only have to be able to sew in straight lines
  2. kitchen windows tend to be smaller than other windows in your home – and so do the curtains – no huge lengths and widths of fabric which can be difficult to deal with
  3. washable light cotton curtains are best for kitchens and these fabrics are easy to handle when sewing

Here are the easy steps to make your kitchen curtains.

1. Measure your Curtains


Measure the width of the rod – this will be the width of each finished curtain panel in a pair of curtains if you want to achieve a reasonable fullness after gathering.


Take the length (or drop) of your curtains as starting from the rod to two or three inches below the sill for window- length curtains or to the floor for floor length curtains (shorter is generally better in an informal room like a kitchen).

2. Work Out How much Fabric You Need

On top of the length you will need about 4 inches for a top header and 6 inches for a bottom hem and about 4 inches on top of the width of each curtain panel for the side seams. (Remember to include both curtains in your calculations when working out how much fabric you need).

Fabric comes in fixed widths. Try and get the right width so that you only need one width for each curtain panel. Don’t worry if it is a bit too wide. You can increase the gathers. If the fabric is not wide enough you can join lengths together. Remember to include the additional seams in your calculations.

If your fabric has a pattern you will need to line it up between the two curtains. Take any wastage here into account. You don’t have to worry too much with a small pattern repeat.

If the fabric is not pre-shrunk add a 10% allowance for shrinkage.

3. Prepare the fabric

Wash and iron the fabric so that any shrinkage takes place BEFORE you make your curtains.

Cut out the pieces as required making sure to match up any large patterns and have the pattern running in the right direction on both curtains.

4. Sew

Join any lengths together as required for wide curtains. Pin, sew and press the seams. Then fold and sew the side seams of each curtain panel to neaten the edges. Fold over the top 4 inches of the curtain panels towards the inside and press, then fold under 2 inches and press to make a 2inch hem. Stitch this hem close to the bottom of the seam (leaving an approximately two inch channel for the curtain rod).

5. Hang and Finish the Curtains

Leaving the bottom hems untouched hang the curtains on the curtain rods then pin up the hems. (This is the best way of getting the right length). Take the curtains down and finish off the bottom hems neatly after folding, pinning and pressing. Don’t cut off excess material within reason – a larger hem will be heavier and will help the curtain hang well. Just fold under an inch or so then press for neatness and then create a 4 or 5 inch hem to match on each curtain panel.

If you want more help with choosing kitchen curtains or help with measuring up has all the information you need. Find out how to get the best kitchen curtains for your windows and how to save money on your purchase.

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