Hemming Curtains: A Super Quick and Easy Tutorial

I am not, by any means, a sewing master. (Just wanted to throw that out there right off the bat.) Heck, I’m barely even a sewing apprentice. I am, however, confident enough in my abilities to complete attempt various simple projects around my house that need to be done in the hopes that they’ll turn out at least somewhat decent. So far, I’ve had a pretty high success rate. 

Recently, I’ve been putting a lot of my time into the girls’ room, trying to get it all perfect for when Baby “R” makes her big debut this June. One of the things I was super excited about was getting rid of the dreadful blinds that were hanging in there. Now, it’s not just the look of blinds that I have the problem with (even though they’re pretty ugly in my opinion); it’s the danger that they pose to small children. Just the idea of Hadley getting a hold of that cord somehow, ahhhh it just makes me shudder! Luckily, she’s never shown any interest in them anyway, thank goodness! 

I will say, though, that although I do keep the cords of all the -remaining- blinds in the house knotted up as high as they will go to avoid any accidents that might happen, I’d rather just have them all gone completely. So, Michael and I picked up some ultra cute curtains at Target this past weekend and were eager to get them put up. Unfortunately, they were just a wee bit long. And that’s where this hemming tutorial comes in! The entire process took me about 30 minutes total, and the end result was exactly what I wanted. Enjoy!

Hemming Curtains: A Super Quick and Easy Tutorial

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The curtains we bought were 84″ long, which was just a little too long since the window is right over Hadley’s reading nook and I didn’t want the curtains to get in her way. You can find them here!

Step one: Determine the new length for your curtains and cut to size, being sure to add extra length for your hem. Add an extra 1/2″ to the length. I’ll explain why in a bit. For example: I knew that I wanted mine to be 65″ so I cut them down to 68″ to allow for a 2 1/2″ hem, with 1/2″ left over.

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Step two: Measure out the 1/2″, fold over and pin into place, and iron thoroughly. This part will be folded under the actual hem to provide additional reinforcement. 

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Step three: Fold the ironed edge over and pin to desired hem length. Pin into place and you’re ready to sew!

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Step four: Sew, sew, sew! You’ll want to sew the seam about 1/4″ from the edge to be sure to sew through the 1/2″ part underneath.

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How the finished hem should look: 

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And voila! That wasn’t too hard, right? I’m so glad of how the curtains came out and they look so adorable in the girls’ room!

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Until the next project! Feel free to post any questions you may have in the comments. 🙂 

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