Customize curtains in less than an hour

Curtains can certainly be pricey, but what they do for a room is amazing—they add depth, privacy, texture and style. I’ve made no-sew curtains before, but this time I wanted something different, even simpler (if you can imagine).

I bought these very inexpensive sturdy-weight, linen-like curtains from Ikea.

CurtainsTo dress up the curtains and give them a more custom look, I added this velvet trim to the leading edges using heavy duty Stitch Witchery, a nonsewer’s best friend.

Black velvet trim

Because I was inspired by these I saw in Elle Decor.

Curtain inspiration

Here’s how:

1. Iron the panels.

2. Lay one panel out on the ironing board, right side up. Roll out a small section of the Stitch Witchery (like 12 inches) and place it on the panel where you want the trim. I adhered mine right up to the edge.

3. Lay the trim on top of the Stitch Witchery, cover with a damp—not wet—white cloth (colored towels can bleed).

4. Set a steam iron on the wool setting on top for 10 seconds. Don’t move the iron. Note: Don’t cut the Stitch Witchery or the ribbon. Unravel each as you go—until you reach the bottom of the first panel.

5. Repeat all the way down and cut the edge flush with the curtain using good-quality fabric scissors. Then continue down the other edge and on the rest of the panels for the room.

Here’s how ours look.

Our curtains

And here are a few other ideas:

Curtain trim options

How have you customized your curtains?