Although I’m a big fan of handmade curtains, sometimes you can find a really great pair for less than you can make them. Of course, if you do choose store bought curtains, they will more than likely need to be hemmed. Think of it like tailoring clothes to perfectly fit you and make you look your best. Tailoring curtains is the exact same thing. But, if you’re a little short on measuring the perfect length, my no-fail hemming method just might be the trick you need on how to perfectly hem curtains.
I started with a pair of curtains from Ikea, which were only $15 a pair. I can barely make dinner for $15, let alone curtains. See, sometimes it’s just better to buy them!
I started by putting them on the rod where I wanted to hang them. I held up each end, so that it was just touching the floor, then folded up the excess and pinned it. Once both sides of the ends were pinned, I took it off the rod, smoothed it out to get the middle points lined up properly, then pinned it down. When all the pinning was complete, I ironed a crease where the hem should be.
Now here comes the “non-measuring measurement” part. I take 2 yard sticks and lay them side by side, using the freshly ironed seam as the edge. I mark it down the length to get a mark for cutting.
Then I cut right along the line with regular scissors. Well, sewing scissors… you knew what I meant.
Using the ironed edge as a guide, I turned under 1/2 of the cut into the fold, so that the hem would be even.
If you’re using hem tape, use it between now, just under the newly turned seam.