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How to make curtains without sewing – step by step tutorial

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Today I am sharing how to make curtains using burlap without sewing! This DIY curtain tutorial is probably the easiest and most inexpensive way to decorate a room in your home especially if you have a lot of windows. Curtain panels are expensive so why not start by making curtains for your home and save money?

Our modern farmhouse family room at our old house had 10 large oversized windows and needless to say, purchasing curtains, custom or not, would have cost a pretty penny.

I thought long and hard about curtain ideas for large windows in our living room and this was the best, most economical solution I could come up with. I searched Pinterest and Google for curtain ideas and so many “how to make curtain” tutorials came up which made me thing, “I need to make my own living room curtains!” 

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How to make curtains without sewing

The curtain panels I wanted were a light brown and cost $55 a panel. Yikes!  I decided to purchase burlap fabric in a natural color and if you know anything about burlap, it’s cheap! DIY curtains using burlap are the best solution for filling a room with a lot of windows if you are trying to save money. You can make a curtain out of just about any fabric. Another great idea is to make DIY curtains from drop cloths or sheets. While drop cloths are a bit heavier, you can still get that modern farmhouse look if  you are looking for more of a solid curtain panel. 

How to make Burlap Curtains DIY Burlap Curtains No Sew Curtains using Stitch Witchery and an Iron.

It always amazes me how our burlap curtains trend on google year after year especially during this season. Looks like I am not the only one who loves the farmhouse transitional home feel. I have updated this post for 2022 providing the latest source links and how to make curtains tips. 

Michael’s Crafts offers many coupons online so I printed one for 50% off . I paid $1.50 per yard with the coupon. I used 3 1/2 yards per curtain panel. Not only did the burlap add a great color to the room, the texture was the icing on the cake.

The burlap fabric provides a nice light filtering curtain panel.

Burlap Curtain Ideas

Burlap curtains add phenomenal texture to a space. Our family room is large and the burlap texture helps create warmth without leaving a heavy look around the windows.

If you wanted to line your curtains panels to block the sun, you could definitely do that too!

Each window has two burlap curtain panels.

Curtains made from burlap fabric are also perfect to create a farmhouse feel. 

How to make Burlap Curtains DIY Burlap Curtains No Sew Curtains using Stitch Witchery and an Iron. DIY living room curtains.  dollar curtain panels

Burlap curtains in a modern farmhouse living room, white sectional, green buffet, blue walls, shiplap white walls, pink hydrangeas, wood and iron coffee table, tripod floor lamp

Buy slipcovered sectional chaise sofa 

I love how the light brown burlap curtain panels look against the blue/green wall color.

The wall color is call Wythe Blue by Benjamin Moore.

So fresh and clean.

Burlap curtains, black curtain rod, in a modern farmhouse living room, blue walls, shiplap white walls, flying dove on wall, white pitcher with greens, white wood shelf

How to Make Curtains Step by Step

I found most of the items needed to make the burlap curtains at Michaels Crafts. You can buy these items though at just about any store.

Items needed:

Stitch Witchery to make a hem on the curtain panels (curtain tape

Curtain panel pins

Scissors to cut the curtain panels

Iron filled with water (for steam) to attach the stitch witchery to the burlap fabric 

Dritz Stitch Witchery, curtain pins, orange handled scissors

You will need to make sure that your iron is nice and hot and has a steam feature. I would suggest that you have a large area (like the floor) to work on.

Step 1 – make your curtain hem

Simply fold a hem (I folded about 10 inches for deep pocket) and pin.

burlap curtains fabric with stitch witchery and sewing pins on berber carpet floor

Step 2 – use your iron to steam burlap and stitch witchery together

Next, place your stitch witchery (bought at Michael’s Crafts)  where you would normally sew a hem on the burlap fabric.

You may want to consider having a towel or large blanket under your burlap curtain panel to protect the carpet.

If you find that your burlap fabric curtain has an odor, be sure to read my post on how to eliminate burlap odor.

Burlap curtain panel and iron steaming hem on curtain panel, white berber carpet

The stitch witchery really works well and the burlap fabric stuck great to it.

You can use the stitch witchery all around the sides if you want a hemmed look throughout your curtain panel. I chose to have a deep pocket top hem on my curtain panel,  the edges frayed on the sides and a small hem on the bottom of the curtain panel.

It’s a matter of preference so go with what you like!

Here is a picture of the family room during Christmas. 

These no sew curtain panels were so easy to make and look gorgeous!

Another great idea is to make DIY curtain tie backs the same way you would make a curtain. Simply cut the tie back, steam your hems on either side and attach to the wall. 

Burlap curtains, white shiplap walls, blue wall paint, white sectional, red and white Christmas tree, brown wicker coffee table storage trunk, red poinsettia, red nordic throw blanket, santa hat, christmas gifts

In about 45 minutes, I made 10 burlap curtains  for this room and the curtain panels look amazing!

If  you are looking for a lighter colored burlap fabric curtain panel, be sure to check out our no sew “white” burlap curtain project embellished with twisted sisal polka dots.

white burlap curtains with sisal roping detail, stone wall, slider door, wood bench, pink plaid pillow, pink flower bench cushion, sisal basket, candles

We have burlap curtains hanging in two rooms now in our home. It’s such an easy and inexpensive way to add curtains that look great.

I remember when the photographers showed up for the This Old House magazine photoshoot (click here to see that post), they couldn’t believe the burlap curtains were made from raw burlap. 

DIY burlap curtains, Whythe blue wall paint, white shiplap, white sectional, blue rug, blue end table, pottery barn inspired media console, glass lamp, gray and yellow pillows

Curtains are expensive and DIY Burlap Curtains are cheap and inexpensive.  diy burlap curtains, seashells sign, wood candle holders, diy flower fabric wall art, whythe blue paint, white shiplap, white diy shelf

diy burlap curtains, seashells sign, wood candle holders, diy flower fabric wall art, whythe blue paint, white shiplap, white sectional, blue and white pillows , tripod table lamp, white diy shelf

DIY Curtains that look professional

If you are not a fan of burlap curtains but want to learn how to make curtains with another fabric, drop cloths are a great idea and usually you can find them at a reasonable cost.  You can also purchase any type of fabric and follow this same process. I prefer fabric with some polyester and not 100%. You want to make sure that the fabric has a bit of texture to it and curtains hangs nicely.

If you don’t want to make your own curtains, these curtain panels are very similar to mine and very affordable!

If you are in the market for a white slipcovered chaise sectional sofa, this sectional is similar to mine in this picture.  If you prefer a more traditional sectional, we also have this white sectional. 

I have these curtain panels in our new family room (we moved to this Mediterranean house

Burlap curtains in a modern farmhouse living room, white sectional, green buffet, blue walls, shiplap white walls, pink hydrangeas, wood and iron coffee table, tripod floor lamp

This curtain tutorial of how to make curtains is the best money saving project I have done so far.

Not only do the burlap curtains add great texture, character and color to the room, I think it gives the overall room the light and airy feeling I was going after.

The only downfall is you cannot wash burlap curtains but for the cost, I am happy to just shake the curtain panels outside a couple times a year.

You can see many more pictures of these curtains in our family room + “Fall Home Tour” post as well as how we added wide pine planks to the walls to create a modern cottage feel. 

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What started as a hobby, Jessica’s blog now has millions of people visit yearly and while many of the projects and posts look and sound perfect, life hasn’t always been easy. Read Jessica’s story and how overcoming death, divorce and dementia was one of her biggest life lessons to date.

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  1. How well does the stitch witchery work? I’m always afraid of it coming apart.

    1. I used some on a pair of pants I made into shorts about 15 yrs ago and they are still fused and doing great! iron on hem tape is great – only tip I have is make sure it’s really fused. once it is your good to go!

    2. Hi Val, they have been hanging for almost a year and no issues! I don’t close them a lot so that may help but they do get opened and closed maybe once or twice a week but nothing major. They are very durable and the stitch witchery has worked great for me ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Jane Petermann says:

    Hi Jessica,
    I also have a lot of windows to do in our new home. I have worked with burlap before and I’m concerned about them fading quickly. Have you noticed any problems with fading yet? I suppose I could line them but that would up the cost and time involved.
    Jane

    1. Hi Jane, they have been hanging for almost a year and this room gets full sun all day. No issues ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Karen in Texas says:

    Jessica – most burlap smells horrible – how did you get rid of the smell?
    I love the curtains – they look great ! I am wanting to make some but just concerned that it would take forever before they didnt stink !!

    (Love your blog!
    Karen in Texas

    1. Karen… I sew alot with burlap (drapes, valances, pillows and table runners) and yep, Burlap is smelly at first but it dissipates rather quickly. Don’t wash it!! You will make it super fuzzy and it softens too much and gets wrinkled. After you sew and hang them, spray with febreeze or any other room freshener. I use linen spray for my pillows and runners and the burlap smell usually goes away quickly. Even on panels that I’ve just hung with no spray, it goes away in a couple of days. ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope that helps!

      1. Hi,
        Thank you for this very easy DIY tutorial. I loved it so much I did y right away for my house. I used natural color burlap for my dinette and kitchen. It looks so cute! And then I did white for my living room. I love the “homey yet vintage” look the curtains give a room. I’ve had them up for about a week but I’m finding fuss all over…the floor, bookshelves, clothes. I think I’m even gettig allergies or at least irritation from the fussy residue of the curtains. Is this usually a problem? Can I do something to stop them from shedding this fussy residue? Will it kid of wear off after sometime of use?
        I didn’t wash them, I did steam Iron the ones in my kitchen.
        I am devastated to think I might have to find another curtain alternative because these look so cute but my nose and throat are very itchy and I can’t think what else it can be but the fuss that I’ve been finding.

        Any suggestions or ideas on what I can do?

        1. You can try using fabric starch. Starch, then iron the burlap and it should hold most of the fuzzies in place without damaging the burlap/making it fray.

      2. Debra Ruffing says:

        How do you clean them? I always wash my burlap before using it. I have two kitties and the fuzzy stuff that drops from it can get in their paws and really irritate them. I do all my burlap cutting outside if weather permits. I love the drapes!

    2. Thanks Karen!They only smelled a little for a couple days. I did spray them though with cold water (I pinned them with clothes pins to keep the crease look) so that may have helped get rid of the smell.

    3. Paula Plowman says:

      I soaked mine in a gallon of vinegar then put water in the tub to just cover them then let them soak for a couple days moving them around a couple times. Then rinse I hung mine in the shower to rinse cause this stuff gets heavy when wet lol you could hang them outside and spray with the hose too but I made in January. Then let them hang to dry. Making sure to keep them as neat as possible the wrinkles made when they are wet are very hard to iron out. Then make curtain and hang. They will have a slight smell for bout a week but it goes away. I would not reccomend spraying any kind of air fressener on them. And yes they get darker as they are in the sun. Hope this helps

  4. Love these curtains! What an easy and fun project! Pinning and scheduling. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Have a great day rock star!
    karianne

  5. LOVE the look of your room!! Just found your blog via Thistlewood Farm. Can’t wait to check out more.

  6. Love them. Our Michaels does not sell fabric by the yard… but guessing I can find at Hobby Lobby or even Wal Mart… and fuse web is my friend so looks like I might actually be able to make this happen!

    1. The Michael’s near me doesn’t have material either, so I went to Hobby Lobby. I bought some white burlap to make curtains for my bedroom. I got it for $2.79 a yard but got 40% off showing the code on my iPhone! I can’t wait to get started! I’m going to just make the curtains today, but want to try doing that Sisal Roping project on your blog, That will add some texture to my room!

  7. How timely. I just lost my job while my husband was in the middle of painting our dining room a whole new color. I had such dreams for my tiny little dining room! I desperately need new curtains and now I will give these a go. Right on my budget!

    One question – are they shedding much?

    Jenny

    1. Hi Jenny, I haven’t had any trouble with shedding. I did NOT wash them though, they may shed if you wash them.

  8. Love them … they look fabulous in your beautiful space! “No sew” is my kind of project!

    1. Thank you Becca ๐Ÿ™‚ I don’t mind sewing but when I can get away doing this, I do! ha

  9. Lisa @ Diary of a {wannabe} Domestic Diva says:

    I LOVE THESE! I was thinking about going with some IKEA panels at $24/pair but I love burlap! The whole room is gorgeous!

  10. These curtains are fabulous and just what my guest room needs! I just bought some coral bedding for it…
    I am also loving the color on your walls! Do you recall what color/brand it is? It’s exactly what I’m looking for!

    1. Hi, thank you! The blue color on the top wall is by Benjamin Moore and called Blue Wythe. Good luck with your project ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. I love these! I had wanted some in our family room when we moved in 2 years ago. I bought the fabric and when I started cutting realized that my daughter was allergic! Ugh! So, I used a different kind of utility fabric instead, kind of like a linen. I still prefer the look of burlap, though, and using stitch witchery is genius ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. I love these! I’m super excited to try them. What size did 3.5 yards make? I need mine to be 8.5 ft long so if I did a wide hem like yours how many yards per panel would you advise I get?

  13. Still one of my favorite living rooms…ever. And yay for affordable curtains! Love them!!

  14. Love the look of the whole room, totally off the subject, what is the color of blue paint on walls? Thank you

  15. Thanks to your inspiration- I went out and made these today. I went even further with the no sew and used the drapery clips instead of making pockets so all I had to to was cut the burlap. SO CHEAP! Thanks for the great idea.

  16. I am all for no-sew projects so I might give this a try. Question, any ideas on a simple solution to block out more light? I LOVE the burlap look but I like to be able to block out the sun on hot summer days (and I hate when people can see in the windows at night!)
    By the way, absolutely love this room!

    1. Thank you! You could alway buy some inexpensive linen colored fabric (cotton/poly blend) at a fabric store and sew a liner to the burlap. You could even use old sheets to make a liner ๐Ÿ™‚ Not sure if you sew or not but you could try the stitch witchery as well. Good luck! Glad you like the project!

  17. Love this idea! I am redecorating my daughters room and its a western and horse theme. She has a red and white patchwork quilt and I think these would look great with the wall color and the bedding!!

  18. I LOVE your curtains and I adore burlap! I can’t sew so this is perfect! I may do this for my nursery that I’m working on now. Love, love, love what you’ve created!!
    ~ Jamie

  19. Jessica, You have made this so easy. I am not a seamstree but I think even I can do this. Can’t wait to check out your blog……

  20. Jessica, This is what I’ve been looking for – very casual drapes but they look just right in your room. Thanks for sharing. Can’t wait to check out more ideans on your blog. Rhonda

  21. Elizabeth says:

    I love the sofa. Do you know who makes it? Thanks,

    1. Thank you! I bought it at Jordan’s Furniture in Natick, Ma. I don’t know the manufacturer.

  22. Hello,
    I’m lovin the burlap curtains. Now don’t think I’m crazy, but do you think they could be bleached to white. I would love to have these for a bedroom, or should I just buy a Ecru bedspread?

    1. Thankyou! I don’t think I would bleach them. They would probably fall apart ๐Ÿ™ They do sell different colors of burlap though in fact, I think they sell a white color? Try googling white burlap ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. stephanie says:

    could you please share the source of the burlap fabric you used? it seems there are many different weights and quality… which is hard to tell from online!

    1. Hi Stephanie. I am not sure on the weight but I can tell you that I bought it at Joanne Fabrics (natural color) and it normally is $3/yard but I used one of the coupons which was 1/2 off. Our Joanne Fabrics nearby only sells one type of burlap so not sure if others have different weight or not in other stores.

      1. stephanie says:

        thank you so much! im actually not too far from you (cape cod) and am going to make some for my new (first!) house! thank you so much for the reply. I love your blog, your style is amazing & you are blessed with a great family!

        1. That is fantastic Stephanie! Send me a picture when they are done, I would love to see them! ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Would using rit dye be too harsh on burlap?

  25. I love the look. It’s so inexpensive and it looks great. It adds texture to the room and still brings in a lot of light. Great job. I think I’m going to try this for the spring

  26. Christina Patek says:

    LOVE this! Curious what were the measurements of your windows?

  27. Jessica,

    Just a quick question….how do you get the burlap to bunch up towards the top? The burlap I”ve found at Hobby Lobby, is airy but flat and a bit stiff. Do I need to just iron them and they will look like yours do? Thank you!!!

    1. Hi, My hem is about 6″ wide (deep pocket hem) and yes, I ironed my burlap. I also pinned them with clothes pins (on the inside near the window so you can’t see them) for a couple days and sprayed lightly with water. The water helped keep the crease. I removed the pins a couple days later and I had the crease look ๐Ÿ™‚ You could always safety pin from the inside (nobody will see it) if you can’t get the burlap to stay the way you want it. Good luck!

  28. Super cute! Do you think I can stencil words on them?

    1. Paula Plowman says:

      yes you can I saw it on pinterest joanns sells it with print already on it and some stores have it in more colors blue green yellow etc

  29. Very nice curtains… But I have to admit I could not stop looking at your couch! I love it. May I ask where is it from?

  30. Very cute curtains, but I LOVE the pillows! Please tell me you know the name of the fabric… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  31. Hi, I love the burlap curtains and am going to try making my own — one question, do you happen to remember the width of the burlap you purchased or the width of each panel you made? Thanks!

  32. Awesome! We’re moving in a couple of weeks, and I was JUST telling hubby that, after shower curtains for the new place, I wanted to buy curtains. I will have to try this!

  33. Ginnie Eddinger says:

    Can you tell me what color paint you used on the living room wall? Thank you!

  34. I love this idea. If I am going to need to make 4 panels how long and how wide do the need to be?

    1. The burlap typically comes in a 45 or 54″ width. The length depends on how long you want them. Measure how long you want them to be and add an additional 4″ inches on each end for hem. Take your measurements to the fabric store with you and the salesperson will tell you how many yards you need per panel ๐Ÿ™‚ Good luck!

  35. I tried to do these curtains and they were not easy to do. I didn’t find the stitch witchery user friendly with the material. They also made a real mess with burlap fibers flying everywhere. If you do make them I would recccommend sewing them preferably outdoors.

    1. For the curtains, did you use the entire width of the burlap for each individual panel? For example, if each panel was 3.5 yards long… did you use the whole width (45″ or 54″ across) of your burlap for that panel or did you cut that 3.5 yards down the middle to make 2 panels out of it?

  36. Just saw your gorgeous white burlap curtains with the sisal polkadots! They are amazing! Yo are amazing! Where do you come up with all these wonderfully creative ideas?

    I’m a new “wannabe” blogger (lilacsandlemonade@blogspot.com). When I see creativity and talent like yours I begin to wonder what I think I’m attempting to do.

    Keep up the good work! I love your blog!

  37. Love these! I also love the white burlap curtains you made. My family room has valences up, but there is nothing covering up our (not so great) metal blinds. Maybe I should make some white burlap curtains to cover up the blinds! It would be a cheap and easy fix! I might just embellish mine, too! I have lots of burlap twine left over from a fringed burlap table runner I recently made for a tutorial on my blog!

  38. Hi – Love the curtains…the whole room actually. Question: Did you remove the pins after you secured the hem with stitch witchery? Thanks.

  39. Looks great! Just what I was looking for: instructions for creating no-sew burlap curtains. Thanks!

  40. Hi!! I hope I’m not asking a repeat question but what is the name of the paint color in this room?? I love it!

    T

  41. Love this. Heading to Joann’s in the am!!
    How wide are your panels each?
    Thanks for your amazing posts!

  42. Debi Roskam says:

    I love this idea! The colour is of the burlap would work perfectly with my furnishings. I would like to ask you though, where did you buy your sectional & area rug, as I do like this style. As well, the area rug is a welcoming change to my typical old world Persian. It’s very summery!
    Any info would be much appreciated.
    Thanks
    Debi

  43. Hi!

    I absolutely LOVE your burlap curtains! I recently bought several yards of it and just might make some curtains for my new house…however, I was wondering if your burlap was the finer burlap, or the regular rough stuff?

    Thanks!

    Tiffany

    1. It’s not the heavy duty stuff that they use to make bags ect.. I bought it in Joanne Fabrics in the Utility section and it’s normally $3 or so a yard. Look for a 40% off coupon though online , they usually have them ๐Ÿ™‚

  44. The only thing I would do differant is to make a small hem them a larger one so you have a little bit of a ruffle edge on the top of each panel, but they still look great.

    Hollydoo

  45. Hi!

    I was in style 39 yrs. ago!

    When my husband was in school, and I was working full time, we did not have much money for window treatments. So, I made all of our window coverings out of burlap. I did lined the one’s in the bedroom. Everyone that came over to our Apt. just loved them. Glad to see that they are popular now! I was ahead of the times! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Marie

  46. Love this idea! What kind of burlap did you use?

    1. I used the standard burlap that Joanne Fabrics sells. It’s in the utility fabric section.

  47. A friend of mine loves these, as do I and we were going to make them for her living room. She also loves the blue wall color though. Any chance you could share the color?
    Great tutorial! Thanks.

  48. I saw this as a pin on Pinterest and I’m all over it – especially the no-sew part. You said you used 3 1/2 yards per panel. May I ask, how long is that? Is that a standard 84 inches? Thx – am totally psyched to do these!

    1. They are about 94 inches long ๐Ÿ™‚ Glad you like them and good luck. They are SOOOOO easy to make and cheap!

  49. Where did you get that type of burlap, I have been wanting burlap curtains but no where near where I live has it and when i try to look online there seem to be so many types, this is the exact type i want

  50. Carrie S. says:

    Your room is fantastic! I especially LOVE your white birds on the wall. Please share where you got those!!!

  51. Love the curtains, but I’m a beginner. How do you figure out how many yards you need per panel?

    1. There are 36″ in a yard of fabric so measure how long you want each panel to be and go from there. I always get 3 yards per panel so I have extra left over. You can do an 84″ or 96″ each panel with 3 yards.:)

  52. Hi,

    I love the color of your living room wall. May I know the brand and name color you used?

    Thank you. ๐Ÿ™‚ love the curtains too!!

    1. Thanks Angel! The color is Wythe Blue by Benjamin Moore and White Dove (on the bottom) by Benjamin Moore ๐Ÿ™‚

  53. Jill French says:

    I love your curtains. Love the whole look ! I would like to know where you got your sectional?

  54. Christine F says:

    These curtains are beautiful, I love them! I was wondering did you cut your panel in half? I did this project but I find that my one panel is huge! Help!

    1. Hi, thank you! Nope, I left them full width. Our windows are huge so the full width (I think they were 45″) worked perfectly. You could cut off some of the width if you think they are to wide. ๐Ÿ™‚

  55. I LOVE the birds on your wall!

  56. I absolutely LOVE your burlap curtains, just what I have been looking for. Do you think it would be possible to sew a blackout curtain behind it?

    1. I bet you could but it might make the burlap a bit darker. The blackout would help with fading as well. You could always buy the fabric and as long as you don’t cut it, they will usually take it back. Hold it up to the back of the burlap and just pin it and hang it up to see if you like the look.

  57. I love the pic of your living room with the burlap curtains! Can you tell me also the name of the paint color on the walls & where you bought it? Love that shade of blue ๐Ÿ™‚

  58. Hi! I am currently trying to use Stitch Witchery on burlap, but I can’t get it to stick. Any advice on how you ironed it? I’ve tried with a damp cloth, without a damp cloth, steaming it first all with no luck!

    Thanks!

    1. Hi, I had the iron filled with water and used the steam option while ironing the stitch witchery. Is it iron on stitch witchery? Mine stuck very easily. That is so strange it isn’t sticking?

    2. For me I just needed to do it a lot longer than it suggested on the box. I also in a few spots doubled up the tape, by putting it on both sides and ironing them together. Hope that helps!

  59. I buy burlap from Loves sold in the garden department that comes in 22′ rolls by 36″ wide for $10. I like this burlap way better than fabric store burlap because it is lighter weight and woven wide, looks like linen. I too have made simple sew burlap draperys for my family room and love the sheer look.

  60. Kristen Harris says:

    I love the curtains and also the paint color on your wall behind them. Will you please share the paint color?

  61. Elizabeth says:

    How do you know what size to get? I am a first time DIY’er and i know if I bought curtains I would need the 83″ length (and than to wash and shrink them to be more of about a 81″ lenght) I will be making the bigger hem like you did.

    1. Hi, there are 36″ in a yard so I would head to your local fabric store and purchase 3 yards per panel (so you would need 6 yards for 2 panels (1 window) ) and then hem or use the stitch witchery (like I did) to get the desired length. All fabric from a fabric store is sold by the yard and I’m sure the sales people at the store will help you :). Good luck !

  62. What color is your paint on these pics? So beautiful!

  63. Christine says:

    Hello!
    I’ve been reading about burlap curtains, and love the texture of them.
    How have you prevented dry rot in these curtains? Natural fibers do eventually, of course, but after all that nice work, it’d be nice to forestall that happening.
    And, what did you do for weight?
    Thank you

  64. Elizabeth says:

    Hey Jessica! I’m really struggling with my (first 2 of 4) DIY burlap curtains for my nautical living room. I don’t necessarily like how they turned out but am planning to leave them up (since the time and money have been invested). Would there be a way to show you a picture and you can give your advice as to what I should do with them to make them look better (let them hang, tie them back, shorten them, etc). Thanks!!!

  65. Deana Smith says:

    I love your DIY burlap curtains…..i’m curious how wide was the burlap you used. I’ve seen it in 40” and 60”????? Just curious….thanks

    Regards,
    Deana Smith

  66. I want to make some of these for my smaller kitchen Windows, can you tell me roughly how many yards of burlap you used ?

  67. I love this idea! Did/does the burlap shed and make a mess? I have kids who would constantly be messing with the curtains… ๐Ÿ™

  68. Hey! I have never made curtains before. But this looks accomplishable! For the hem, can I just fold the burlap over once? Yours looks like it has a finished look before you sew. Does that make sense? I’m wondering if this is necessary. I don’t have a whole lot of fabric width to work with and don’t want to use extra inches. My window is 34.5″ vertically and my fabric is only 48″. Should I just fold over 3″ of burlap for the hem and have the curtain hang at the window bottom. My curtain rod hangs 5″ above my window.

    Sorry for this crazy post. lol and Thank you in advance

    1. I just realized… are you using the width (my 48″) for the top of the curtains?

      1. Yes, my width is 48″ and I actually didn’t fold over the ends, I liked the frayed look. I only folded down the top hem (no sew) and used the stitch witchery to make the hem.

  69. Haley Jeffrey says:

    Love this idea!! Thank you for sharing!

  70. Lisa DeSantiago says:

    I am so bummed. Im right in the middle of my living room and have spent the last 2 hours trying to get one panel up (I need 4 all together). I used the stitch witchery but can not get it to hold up. I applied it with the iron, let it cool down put when I put if onto the rod..it comes apart. I have tried it at least 5 times???
    The rod (pvc) is 1″ and I did a 5″ pocket so there is enough room. What did I do wrong?

    I would have attached a picture but I can’t find away to do that;'(

    1. That is so strange. Mine have been hanging for almost 3 years now! Did you try using the steam part of your iron? Maybe try a different brand of stitch wichery?

  71. Sarah Pace says:

    Such a pretty room .Can you tell me what wall color you have on the walls? i love it. Thanks

  72. love these curtains! Also, love your tv stand! Any hints about where you got it? Thanks!

  73. you must be in the US because I checked out the cost of burlap here in Canada and I’m looking at $18-$24/ metre….very expensive same at Micheals….am I looking in the wrong place?

    1. I am in the US and purchased from Joanne Fabrics. The normal cost is around 3-4$ per yard but I had a coupon that saved me a lot. Good luck, try ordering online?

  74. These looks awesome!!
    I have a couple of questions though.
    1) Does stitch witchery work with other fabrics or just burlap?
    2) Does the burlap keep a lot of sun out or is it purely for decoration?

    1. I have never used it on other fabric drapes although I have used it to seal pillows so I am sure it would work. The drapes are still hanging almost 3+ years later and they don’t provide a dark room but I do close them if the sun is beaming in and creating a glare on the TV. They block the glare but don’t make the room dark. They are more like sheers.

  75. What burlap did you use from Michael’s? I can’t seem to find any that would be long enough for curtains!

  76. Hi there! Love the tutorial and it’s simple enough for me. I’m actually trying it now and I can’t get the stitch witchery to stick to the burlap I purchased. Any thoughts?

    1. Hi, I ironed my burlap first and used a really hot/steamy iron when applying the stitch witchery. My drapes are still hanging 3 years later and the stitch witchery has held wonderfully. Try using a hot steamy iron and let it sit for a couple seconds on the burlap and witchery and slowly iron. The other thing you could try is lightly spraying your burlap with a tiny bit of water then iron. I did that to get rid of the burlap odor. Maybe that will help too . Good luck!

  77. Susan Goyings says:

    I would love to get instructions on making these curtains.

  78. christina says:

    Hello, I just love this idea, for so many reasons. I don’t know how it is in the US but here in Belgium we have 2 kinds of burlap. The heavy one (400gr/mยฒ) and the lighter version (240gr/mยฒ). Do you think the light one will be good? It has a softer feel and I think the curtains will fall easier into nice folds. Or do I need the heavy one for the weight? And another question: is witch stitchery like a double-sided tape?
    Thank you! Christina

    1. The stitch witchery is not tape, it’s a fabric that sticks once you iron it on. I think a light weight burlap would be best. Good luck! ๐Ÿ™‚

  79. I love your blog! I’m going to make the white burlap curtains with the sisal roping for my bedroom. It will give my room some texture and will go with my shabby chic theme I kind of have going! Thanks!

  80. Hi Jessica,

    These curtains look wonderful! I’d like to do something similar, but can only find 47 inch wide burlap at JoAnn’s, which would require buying MUCH more burlap than I had hoped in order to make make 4 floor length panels. It appears that you purchased 96 inch wide burlap and then used 3 1/2 yards of that per panel? Am I missing something? Thank you for your help! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Katie

  81. I love your curtains! I am doing them! Also what brand is your sectional white couch?

    Thanks!
    Tomelle

    1. Debra Ruffing says:

      I would like to know the brand of your sofa too. I am looking for new living room furniture.

  82. Jessica,

    Your blog inspired me to make burlap curtains for my seaside home. I am using a sew method, however, notice the burlap sheds. Welcome any advice for stopping the shedding….

    1. I actually sprayed mine lightly with water and then ironed. It helped cut down on the shred. Mine definitely shred in the beginning a little while I was working with it but once they were hung, they were fine. I bet they look great in you seaside home!!! Send a picture , would love to see ๐Ÿ™‚

  83. These are pretty great drapes for no sew. Thanks for sharing and They are very elegant looking.

  84. Love your website. Quick question: what color is the 2 drawer dresser next to the burlap lamp. Thanks, Kelly

  85. Hello, I was wondering if you have, or know of anyone who has dyed their burlap fabric, and how it turned out?

  86. Ann-Siobhan says:

    HI. Could you lease tell me if you doubled the width of your window to get the drapes to fall like that? I’m new (a complete novice!) to sewing. Many thanks!

    1. Hi, the curtain width (the fabric I bought) was about 55″ . My windows are large so I wanted a bit of a wider panel ๐Ÿ™‚

  87. Thanks so much for the idea as I have two sets of french doors and can’t find burlap window panels for the life of me. Do you think the stichery will hold up to two ends/rods hung taut for the door panels?

  88. I have purchased burlap which was suppose to not have odor. It still does and will always be there
    U can buy painters cotton drop cloths 9โ€™ x 12โ€™ for $20 each
    And can be washed