How To Hem Curtains By Hand

So i had to use a measuring tape every few inches and then iron it to get the exact width that i wanted to hem: Cut along this line and discard the extra lining.

Handstitched rolled hem on handwoven Swedish lace cloth.

I know how to sew, but it’s a hassle getting the machine out and prepped.


How to hem curtains by hand. The chain should be flexible enough to allow for tying back and gathering the curtains if you need to. Measure four inches down from that spot to allow for the hem. Determine length you want your curtains.

If you’re hanging outdoor curtains, you will definitely want to do this, to avoid having your curtains blow every which way! You can use a measuring tape, but the easiest way to do this is by hanging your curtains and placing a few pins to mark where you want the curtains to fall. The curtain i choose is 84 inches in length (thrift store find!).

Leave enough spaces to drive your iron over the hem tape. Take down the curtains and unpick the stitches that join the lining to the curtain, going sufficiently high to allow you to work on the two new hems. Gently pull your curtains toward the ground.

Now put your lining panels to one side, we will deal with the fabric next. You want to get the slack out, so you can figure out which part of the curtains will hit the ground when the excess fabric is gone. I started by measuring, folding by 3″, ironing, then measuring, folding another 3″ and ironing again.

Sheer fabric can be easy to tear or unravel, more so than other thicker fabrics. By doing this will my finished curtain length not be short by 10cm? Now fold the curtains up to that line, wrong side to wrong side, and iron in a nice crease.

As i indicated at the beginning of this post, this is the lazy girl tutorial! Then i pinned it all in place (although, after ironing, it really wasn’t going anywhere): Pull to tighten knot down to fabric.

Pass the needle through the loop twice. Now, you have to iron the hem tape and sandwich it inside the flap. No fancy measuring was done here!

I am all about the cheap curtains. This crease (crease 1), will be the bottom of your curtain. Measure two inches up, pin and fold under for the hem.

For my full length curtains i have allowed 10 cm for each curtain hem allowance. What tends to separate the fancy curtains from the cheap curtains is the nicer fabric used, the nicer liner on the back and the inclusion of drapery weights in the bottom. Before you hem your curtains, hang your curtain rod(s) to your preferred height, and go ahead and put your curtains onto the rod.

You can sew a lightweight beaded chain into the hem of your curtains to keep them from blowing around. This is exactly what a tailor would do to your pants if you were having them hemmed. Iron on tape works and holds well.

When you reach the end of your thread or hem, tie a knot in the same way. Measure the lining so it will be about two inches shorter than the curtain. Make a note of the measurements of the existing curtain and lining hems, so that you can make the new hems the same size.

To hem my curtains, first i pin them to exact length i want them to be. As long as they don’t look cheap. Fold up the bottom (8cm or 6cm) fold up another (8cm or 6cm) pin and machine stitch;

(if you wish, you can place the pin further up and iron the crease. Fold up another two inches and iron. Because of their size, it might.

Use a couple of silk pins to hold the hem in place before removing the pants. Don’t pull hard, but pull enough to take out the slack. Work with an arm length of thread, and anchor/tie off in the hem.

Turn the hem up the by the allocated hem allowance and press the bottom edge. Before i took the curtains down to be hemmed, i used pins to mark where i thought the hem would look nice. This is a double hem (turned twice) 6cm for sill length curtains and 8cm for floor length curtains:

Measure the length of what needs to be removed and mark where your new hem will be with a fabric marker. Now, working your way from one side to the other, fold up 6 inches (15cm). Pin the hem in place across the width of the panel.

How to hem the curtain lining: You should also follow this. Then if they need ironing, go ahead and iron them on the polyester setting.

The first step in hemming polyester curtains is to wash and dry them. To begin sewing, stitch twice in the same place, but do not pull thread all the way through. If i fold the hem twice 10 cm first time and 10 cm second time will i not be using 20 cm for the hem allowance for each curtain?

Sew a seam 1/4 inch in from the cut edge. This will help make it look more proportionate. These will often be double hems.

Then make a short stitch into one of the folds, followed by another short stitch into the other fold directly opposite. How to hem polyester curtains. Once the curtain is on a flat surface, be sure to check the measurements one last time before ironing the edge down.

Curtain hems are folded twice at the bottom, so you will need twice as much fabric for the hem. For small curtains, the hem should be at least 2 inches wide. Pull the thread to keep the two folds together.

This keeps the fabric in place. This means that you will need to cut your curtains longer than you want them to be. The window i'm covering for the winter is 55 inches in length.

Make sure to hold the curtain tightly so that you can get a straight clean hem. Today i’m going to show you a little trick for how to get your curtains to hang straight. When you do this correctly the two folds should meet without any puckering of the fabric, and the stitches should be almost invisible.

Just pull the curtain straight down and fold up the bottom, then pin. Smooth out the fold as you go and place a pin at reasonable intervals as close to the crease as possible. You should start it from one end to another and heat the hem tape thoroughly.

Just fold up the hem, slip the ironing tape between hem and curtain, use iron and you’re all set to rehang once it cools. Once that is done, measure 2 inches up from the bottom and make a line of pins. It’s important that the fabric is straight so it doesn’t end up too short or too long.

Hem the bottom edge of the linings. The longer the curtain is, the wider the hem needs to be; To prevent this, stabilize the hem of your sheer curtains.

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