No Sew Tutorial

After many trials and hours spent using iron on hem, I’ve discovered an easier, less time consuming method to this madness called “no sew”.

I mentioned in an early post {here} which brand of hemming tape I like to use. The super duty stuff works like a charm, much better than the regular weight. The directions say to use a damp cloth and an iron on the highest setting. Well, the damp cloth becomes dry pretty quickly when you’re making yourself curtains from 5 yards of fabric. I’ve found that using an old towel under your fabric and A LOT of steam works much better, there is less fuss, and it’s time efficient.

1. You’ll need to iron an even seam BEFORE you start using the hem tape. I find that a width slightly wider than the tape works best.

2. Trim the ends at a slight angle and iron the hem tape under your seam. I did four blasts of steam and then pressed down for 10 seconds, working in sections all the way to the end.

3. If you like nice neat edges like the one shown below, you’ll need to repeat step 1 (increasing the seam width to 1″) and step 2 (minus the trimming).
I LURVE the finished product and managed to finish it while the munchkin was napping. Bonus points!

I bet you’re thinking that this fabulous fabric looks familiar, right? Well, if you love Young House Love as much as I do, you’ll recognize it from their dining room, {here}. I’ve been drooling over Robert Allen’s Khanjali Peacock for months now, but I’m CHEAP frugal and the price tag of $20/yard made me cry. I just about died when my mother in law pulled it out of the fabric bin at the Old Time Pottery. The best part was that it was $4.99/yard and they had exactly 5 yards of it. UH-MAZING!

Now please go make yourself some of these no sew curtains. It’s easier than you think!


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  1. 1
    Kelly @ Here Comes the Sun says:

    $4.99 at Old Time Pottery? I did not know they sold fabric. I will have to check it out. Thanks for linking up to Fabulous Friday.

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    Karla Medina says:

    Beautiful :)

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    Maria @ Craft Crazy Mom says:

    It's in store only and they usually have a huge bin of fabric remnants. It's pretty much amazing.

  4. 4
    Maria @ Craft Crazy Mom says:

    Thanks Karla!

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    shopannies says:

    love them so very special come see me at

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    Life: Designed says:

    Great job on the drapes! I just found your blog and I think it's pretty sweet! =)

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    Maria @ Craft Crazy Mom says:

    I'm so glad you found me & thanks so much for stopping by!

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    Courtney ~ French Country Cottage says:

    Love no sew projects- this turned out darling~ Thank you for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday!

  9. 9

    Very nice post. I certainly love this site.

    Continue the good work!