Learn to Sew a DIY Rod-Pocket Curtain

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We love to provide readers with easy DIY sewing projects to “beautify” their home. We’re biased, of course, but nothing sets a home or a room apart like hand-sewn, colorful textiles and fabrics.

Today we are going to share a “how-to” for sewing a DIY rod-pocket curtain for the windows in your living room, dining room or bedroom. This is a project suitable for all levels of experience when it comes to sewing.

Window treatments and curtains are an easy way to add color or a vibrant pattern to a room. A colorful curtain is the perfect complement to a traditional paint color or solid upholstered furniture colors.

Here are the materials you will need for this project:

  • Drapery fabric
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Thread
  • Ruler
  • Fabric marker
  • Sewing gage
  • Iron

Step 1: Measure & Cut Fabric

To determine the correct size fabric, measure your window panel and then add an additional 4 inches to the width and an additional 12 inches to the height before you cut the fabric with your scissors.

Step 2: Sew Sides

Fold the edge over 1 inch and press with a hot iron. Then fold it over another inch and iron it again. Be careful when using the hot iron so as to avoid burning your hand or the fabric.

Sew down the length of the panel about ¾ of an inch from the edge of the fabric. Back stitch at the beginning and the end in order to secure the stitches. You should repeat this process on both sides of the fabric panel.

Step 3: Sew Top & Bottom

Now you need to create the loop for the curtain rod. The loop diameter should be two times the size of the rod diameter.

Fold the fabric over 3 inches and iron and then fold it over another 3 inches and iron the fabric again. Sew along the bottom piece of the hem about ¼ inch to form the bottom seam of the rod pocket.

You should hang the curtain before you hem the bottom. This will help you determine the length you want for the bottom of the curtain.

After you determine the length you want for the bottom of the curtain, fold over the bottom of the fabric panel, iron the fabric and then sew the hem across the folded fabric.

Now you can hang the curtain on your window and marvel at your wonderful craftsmanship! You can repeat this project for all of the windows in a room using the same fabric or purchase different patterns and fabrics for different rooms in your home.

This is a great way to save money decorating rooms in your home and a perfect introductory sewing project for anyone new to using a sewing machine. If you’re new to sewing, be sure to watch the video from GoodHouseKeepingTV on our introductory post or visit goodhousekeeping.com:

Ready. Set. Sew!

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GoodHousekeepingTV offers an excellent video for beginning sewers. Check it out: