Rod pocket curtains are simple yet beautiful kind of window treatment, perfect for any room you have in our home. Learn how to make this sewing project in 4 easy steps!
Simple and Elegant Rod Pocket Curtains in 4 Easy Steps
Window treatments like curtains are the simplest and cheapest way to revamp your home interior. With a nice printed fabric or a beautifully designed curtain, your room will instantly look brighter and cozier. For this tutorial, we are making rod pocket curtains, which are one of the simplest curtains you can make in your sewing room. So gather round your sewing materials and we’ll show you how to make rod pocket curtains in just 4 steps!
Materials You’ll Need to Make Rod Pocket Curtains:
- Drapery Fabric
- Ruler or Measuring Tape
- Scissors or a Rotary Cutter and Mat
- Fabric Marker or Pencil
- Sewing Gauge (Optional)
Step 1. Prepare Your Fabric
Measure your windows and cut your fabric according to its size. Don’t forget to add 4 inches to the width and 12 inches to the height to account for the hems and allowances.
Step 2. Sew the Sides of Your Curtain
Prepare your fabric for sewing by folding the edge an inch and ironing it. Fold it again and iron before you start sewing the hems. To secure the ends of the hems, use back stitch.
Step 3. Prepare the Top Hem
The top hem is where you insert the rod for your curtain. For this curtain, we used a 3-in double fold hem. Fold your fabric 3-in wide before ironing it. Repeat this step once more. To form the pocket, sew along the bottom crease about half-an-inch away from the edge.
The top hem of your curtain is now finished. You can also add a header for your curtain, which will create an illusion of extra height to your curtain. Sew an inch from the top of your panel to form a 1-in header.
Step 4. Sew the Bottom Hem
Hang your curtain first to see how long or short you want your curtain to fall. For this curtain, we used the same 3-in double fold technique we did for the top hem. Sew down the width of the panel about a quarter inch from the crease.
For a more detailed tutorial, watch this video from OnlineFabricStore.net:
Improving your home aesthetic doesn’t need to be costly and complicated. And by making your own rod pocket curtains, you also get to flex your sewing muscles and improve your skills.
Do you know of other ways to make rod pocket curtains? Let us know in the comments below!
Want to know more kinds of window treatments you can make on your own? Check out these DIY Roman Shades Sewing Ideas!
Editor’s Note – This article was originally posted on April 21, 2016, and has since been updated for quality and relevancy.