If you know how to make curtains longer, you have a very useful skill because this way you will avoid the cost of buying new ones. Following these tips can teach you what you need to do.
When moving to a new place, you cannot be sure that your old curtains will fit the new windows or balcony doors. If your curtains are short for the windows of your new house, you will need to make them longer. Lengthening your curtains is not hard and this task can be accomplished within a few hours and doesn’t require experience.
Tools and Materials You Will Need
- Tape Measure
- Fabric or lace
- Curtain rings
- Sewing machine
Step 1 – Measure the Curtains
Measure the curtains you already have and then measure the length of the windows. Check if a different placement could make up for the difference in length; for instance, check whether lowering the hardware of the curtain a couple of inches would make the curtains long enough for the current window. Also check the curtain hem because in some cases letting it out can provide enough length. The combination of lowering the rod and adjusting the hem can often be enough when it comes to covering new windows.
Step 2 - Buy Rings for the Curtains
Buy curtain rings and clip them on the curtain, in order to allow the curtain rings to slide in the existing rod. Clip rings can make the curtain look much longer and neat.
Step 3 – Sew On Additional Fabric
Sewing on additional fabric is an easy way to add a few more inches to your curtains. Sew the fabric you have onto the bottom of the curtain, but make sure you choose a color that goes well with the current fabric of the curtain. You can create a contrasting or monochromatic effect, according to your preferences and your overall decorative style. Once you have sewn on the fabric, use an iron to press the seams and curtain for a nice finished look.
Step 4 - Sew on Lace
If you prefer lace, or if you have a curtain that would go well with lace, you should add a piece of lace at the bottom of the curtain. Keep in mind that generally, lace requires more refined sewing and caution to look nice when added separately. You will need a sewing machine with a fine needle, specifically for the lace fabric. Once you sew it, iron the curtain and then hang it on the rod to admire your work.
Many women who are experienced in sewing like adding ribbons to a curtain. Ribbon is available in a variety of shapes, colors, patterns and fabric, so you are most likely to find one that will complement the curtain and the decoration of the room. When used in combination with lace ruffles, a ribbon can make curtains look significantly longer - and is quite inexpensive as well.