How to Make the Perfect Curtain Rod Sleeve

  • 1-4 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 25-250
What You'll Need
Fabric or flat bed sheets
Sewing scissors
Tape measure
Paper and pen or pencil
Straight pins
Sewing machine

Making your own curtains that are perfect for your curtain rod is a cost effective method for dressing the windows in your home. They can add to the design of your room while keeping light out or letting the right amount of light into the room.

You can choose from many different types and weights of fabrics that have an endless amount of choices in color and print. You can also use flat bed sheets to create curtains inexpensively.

Step 1 - Choose Fabric

Important considerations when choosing fabric include the weight, color, and design. First, choose the fabric weight.

Choose a heavy fabric for light blocking and insulation needs or a lighter weight fabric if you want to let light into the room. If you are choosing to use flat bed sheets, they are considered lightweight fabric.

Next, choose color and design. Choose colors to match or add a pop of color to a room or choose a fabric design to match furniture or existing prints in the room.

Step 2 - Measure the Curtain Rod Width

For your curtain rod sleeve to fit perfectly, you need to measure the width of the curtain rod. Write this measurement down.

Step 3 - Measure and Cut the Fabric

To find out how wide your curtain panels should be, measure your window from left to right horizontally across the window and add two inches. If you want fuller-looking curtains, you will need to make more than one panel per window. A double window would have four rather than two panels.

You will next decide how long to make your curtains. Make sure to measure from your curtain rod to the sill and to the floor to get your measurements. Add 5 inches to your measurement to allow for the hem. On most standard windows, to reach the sill the measurement from the curtain rod to sill would be 63 inches plus 5 inches. Floor-length is typically 84 inches plus five inches.

For example, if your window is 45 inches wide and 84 inches long, the fabric will be cut as 47 inches with and 89 inches long per panel.

Step 4 - Sewing the Curtains

Take the measurement from the width of the curtain rod and add a ½ inch. Pin the fabric at this measurement and sew across the top.

On the long sides of the fabric, sew with a straight stitch a ½ inch seam, leaving the top pocket open on both sides. This will create your curtain rod sleeve.

Measure the length of the sewn fabric to determine the bottom seam measurement. Pin the fabric at this measurement and sew across the bottom for your hem.

Step 5 - Iron the Curtain Panel

Iron the curtain panel to smooth any wrinkles from manipulating the fabric and along all of the edges for a clean and professional look.