make a curtain
what you’ll need
fabric of your choice
matching thread (if you don’t have a sewing machine you can use no-sew tape for hemming)
grommets, of a sufficient diameter to accommodate your curtain rings (available at fabric stores and hardware stores, although the former will have nickel-finished grommets in addition to brass ones)
shower curtain rings
1. Measure the distance from the bottom of your window to the bottom of your curtain rod to determine the height of your finished curtain panel(s), then add 2" to allow for a top and bottom hem*. Now measure the width of your window. Divide the width by the number of fabric panels you intend to make to cover your window (unless you’re getting funky, that number will probably be one or two)**. Add at least 2" to allow for the side hems. Voila: you have the magic number for the fabric dimensions you’ll require per panel.
*Note: I used a fairly heavy-duty fabric
here for my curtain – the better to block out that brutal Arizona sun.
If you’re making a lighter-weight curtain – a gauzy sheer, for
instance – allow an additional 1" for the height of the curtain.
You'll need the extra reinforcement at the top for the grommets.
2. Hem the sides of each panel: With the fabric face-down on the ironing board, fold the fabric ¼" and iron the seam flat. Fold the fabric another ¾" – be careful to keep that first ¼" flap tucked under – and iron again. If you’re having problems keeping the crease for the hem, you might want to pin the hem in place.